Book Hyla at your next event or engagement and hear her inspiring message of hope…
On Easter Sunday, 2003, during my seventh month of pregnancy with our second daughter, my 17-month-old and I watched as my husband, 29, slid down the kitchen counter and lay motionless on our white-tiled floor. One minute he was laughing, and thirty-five minutes later, Erik was pronounced dead. I wanted to know why. Why was I suddenly a 29-year-old widow with two babies? Why did this happen? What I’ve come to realize, though, is that life hands each of us difficult experiences. Somewhere between birth and death, everyone knows loss, depression, abuse, divorce, or addiction. For me, it’s not about the WHY any longer—it’s about the WHAT. What will I do with my experiences?
Through speaking and writing, I remind others that they, too, can create all that they desire, regardless of their circumstances. Once I was a pregnant widow, but now I am a happily married wife, mother of four children, professional speaker, author, photographer, moderator of a widowed forum, relationship and transformation expert, social media expert, and life coach. My recently published photo and inspiration book, Finding Light, encourages all to find the light in their darkest times.
My interviews and speaking engagements include The HealthyPlace Mental Health Radio Show, Writer’s Digest, The Creative Penn, The Mama Monologues, On-camera with Marketing the Muse, The National Association of Memoir Writers, The Southern California Writer’s Conference, The National Widowhood Conference, and the San Francisco Litquake Festival.
Written features include The Good Men Project Magazine, Business Week, Galley Cat, Single Mom Seeking, Life360, Marin Magazine, and ten first-person features on Scribd.com, where I have accumulated 90k reads in only 9 months.
Topics I Speak About:
Finding Hope, Blending Families, Grief, Parenting through Grief, Creating a New Life, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, EMDR, Therapy (traditional, energy, and play-based therapy for children), Importance of Organ Donation, Transcendence, Marriage, Relationships, Online Dating, Finding Love, Publishing, Alternative Forms of Publishing, Making Meaning with Memoir, Social Media, Expanding Your Reach through Online Tools, Growing Your Readership with Scribd.com, and the Power of Humor.
When not speaking, loving on my Match.com husband, or chasing my children—ages 3, 7, 9, and 13—I’m busy completing my forthcoming memoir, Drop Dead Life: A Pregnant Widow’s Heartfelt and Often Comic Journey through Death, Birth, and Rebirth, which has had direct, un-agented interest from editors at two of the largest publishing houses.
Read On For Live Events Where You Can Meet Hyla, Plus Recordings Of Past Events…
My Scribd love affair continues to deepen month after month. This weekend, I’m honored to return to the fabulous Southern California Writers Conference where I’ll be speaking about Growing Your Readership with Scribd.com. You’ll know why I love telling other writers how I’ve built my writing platform when you read what Michael Steven Gregory, Executive Director of The Southern California Writers Conference, wrote about my phenomenal Scribd.com journey: “(Hyla’s) first time attending a writers’...read more
Last month, I had the honor of reading in “The Mama Monologues” at Corte Madera Book Passage, along with NY Times best-selling author Kelly Corrigan and many other talented Writing Mamas. Special thanks to Dawn Yun, founder of The Writing Mamas, for making this laughter and tear-filled event possible. We raised over $5,000 for Abelina Magana, a Northern California mother of three who was shot 15 times and lived to tell. If you would like to make a contribution to Abelina and her children, all of whom are still very much in need...read more
I’ll be leading a workshop entitled: Scribd Success: How to Accumulate Readers on Scribd.com at the Southern California Writers’ Conference in Newport Beach. The conference runs from September 24th – 26th, 2010. There’s still space available, so get your tickets and let’s hang out at the best writing conference in...read more
The red taxi drove away, leaving me there, alone, for three days of writing, lectures, read-and-critique workshops, author panels, editor insights, networking, and the nerve-wracking one-on-ones with literary agents. Already, I wanted to board the plane back to San Francisco. Only days before, my memoir, DROP DEAD LIFE, a pregnant widow’s poignant, heartfelt, and often comic journey through death, birth, and rebirth, had been rejected, via email, by yet another literary agent. Like most rejections, there wasn’t much commentary on the...read more