Victoria J. Hyla (Author)/Victoria Hyla Maldonado (Author/Editor)
Victoria J. Hyla (Author)/Victoria Hyla Maldonado (Author/Editor)

Victoria J. Hyla / Victoria Hyla Maldonado

Victoria J. Hyla (Victoria Hyla Maldonado) is a Chicagoland native who has been writing all her life. She works as a freelance writer and editor as well as an editor for Think Ahead Kids, a new publishing company for great children's books. She also has worked as a high school English and English Language Learner teacher, middle school French teacher, and director of several theatrical productions.



Victorias published works include the Hearts Drawn Wyld trilogy. Book 1: In Death We Part, Book 2: Running in the Mists, and Book 3: Awake in Elysian Fields are available for purchase on all major online book retailers as well as multiple digital platforms. The trilogy follows Brianna Wylder and Elyse Brennan Wylder as these women deal with loss and love and the world beyond.


She is working on a new romance series called Hotel Brisas, specifically Book 1: Rooted Hearts.



Victoria also is the author of the children's book Bartleby the Brave (and its Spanish translation Miedosin el Valiente), Tears for the Butterly, Monstery Donstery Dock, and Tempest the Turtle.



Victoria has been dabbling in the art of short stories and has several out and several more to come. "The Bridge," is available in the Young Crush anthology. "A Stitch in Time" is available in the Storybook Pub 2 anthology. "Resonance" is available in the Tricks, Treats, and Teasers anthology. Victoria's gothic horror romance story "Cursed" is available in a horror anthology called The Nightmare Collective, Part 2Foxtales 10, a multigenre anthology of local writers features four of her stories that range from family drama ("Apparent") to crime suspense ("In Memoriam") to post-apocalyptic ("Deserted"). Plus, "Navidad Nights," a Mexican-themed short story is available in the Christmas romance anthology Caught Under the Mistletoe, and "Beyond Existing" is now available for a short time in the single parent collection Gaining Ground.


Coming soon...   


In 2022, Victoria will also release a fantasy collaboration with a local author group.


In 2023, she will also have more short stories coming out in anthologies, including "By the Book," an imperfect date romantic comedy, and others that will include a a summer beach romance, a girls three-day getaway romance, a police officer romance, a Greek god romance, and workplace Christmas romance.


In 2024, she will have even more short stories coming out in anthologies, including a Paranormal Academy romance, a sports romance, an alien romance, a romantic comedy, an underwater gods romance, a holidy romance, and a scifi romance.



Victoria also is the editor, compiler, organizer, and introduction writer for The Evidence I Have Lived: The Complete Writings of Lisa F. Gullo.



Victoria also contributed a short nonfiction personal essay to the book Life as a Woman by Romelia Lungu and an essay called The Evidence of a Life to a multinational platform.



Victoria also is the typist, compiler, chronicler, and executive assistant to Foo Dog and manages his affairs and blog at

In the Media

Podcasts, Interviews, Radio Shows, and more.

Author Spotlight on Think Ahead Kids

Think Ahead Kids welcomes Victoria as a featured author.

Learn about her children's books: "Bartleby the Brave" and "Tears for the Butterfly."

The Author's Porch Live

Victoria went live with CJ.

We talked about writing, books, and generally being a creative.

Live Author Spotlight with Quinn P. Cummings

Interview Podcasts

Victoria and Quinn talk about "Bartleby the Brave," the new children's book "Tears for the Butterfly," and a little about her novels.

Uncut with Lucia Matuonto

Watch and listen as Lucia interviews Victoria about writing and her books and so much more!

Also available on a variety of platforms:
Facebook  LinkedIn  Twitter  Instagram  Book Shoutout on Instagram  
Flipboard  Google News App  DailyHunt App (mobile)

Authors & More with Karen Kelly

Karen interviews Victoria about her books and life and contributions to the publishing industry.

Watch the Interview about my, my life in Aurora, and everything that I do!

Good Morning Aurora Noticias y Mimosas at Tavern on Broadway

Victoria was invited in as the special guest for the Sunday edition of Good Morning Aurora called Noticias y Mimosas on 12/5/21.

It was a fun interview and great to have a live crowd!

TeaFairy and Friends Storytime Adventures

TeaFairy and Rex the Dragon read aloud and interview Victoria about her children's books.

Hear Bartleby the Brave and Tears for the Butterfly read aloud. Watch an interview with Victoria (and Joaquin and Mika). Watch videos about how to draw these amazing characters.

Empowered Publicity's Neighborly Reviews Bookcast

Actor David Newell, the Speedy Delivery Man Mr. McFeely from "Mr. Roger's Neighborhood gave a stunning review of "Bartleby the Brave."

The Bartleby segment begins at 18:30

Dine Sherman's Stories and More

Dina Sherman does a read-aloud of "Bartleby the Brave."

And she even dresses up like Bartleby! 

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