Lora Hyler carried her love of reading and writing into a radio news career as a reporter for NPR affiliate, WUWM, and ABC affiliate, WISA, both in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
She also had a corporate career in writing, editing and strategic communications management. She started her public relations and marketing company, Hyler Communications, in 2001.
She has written hundreds of articles, several screenplays, short stories, and a novel. Her debut middle grade novel, The Stupendous Adventures of Mighty Marty Hayes, is the first in a three-part-series. The novel features a multicultural cast of superheroes who love science and spy gadgets.
The second novel, planned for 2019, features Aisha - introduced in book one - who uses her night vision powers to save the day. Girl power!
Lora holds a 2016 Jade Ring award from the Wisconsin Writers Association, along with several screenwriting and news awards. She has twice been awarded a writer’s residency at Noepe Center for the Literary Arts on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. She was selected for a month-long residency in Marnay-sur-Seine, France in 2017. She’ll return next year for a residency in Cassis, in the South of France.
Learn more about Lora Hyler on her website.
Q1: OUR THEME THIS YEAR IS HERE'S AN IDEA! WHERE IS YOUR FAVORITE SPACE FOR PONDERING IDEAS?
Lora: I enjoy traveling, whether by car, ferry, train or plane, so it's great to take a few minutes to work out a plot point, create a character, or imagine my next creative project. There's something about movement that gets the brain cells working!
Q2: WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE SUBJECT IN SCHOOL?
Lora: Definitely English literature. I have always been a voracious reader, which led to trying my hand at writing my own stories. I wish I had hung onto those early novelettes! It wasn't a total loss, since I as exercising my imagination and gaining confidence as a writer.
Q3: WHAT ONE THING WOULD YOU LIKE TO LEARN TO DO?
Lora: I would love to write faster. I'm working on the second of my three-part middle grade series. I'm promoting and touring for book one, so I'm learning the value of fitting in a bit of planning and writing whenever the opportunity presents itself.
Q4: WHEN DID YOU KNOW THAT YOU WANTED TO BE AN AUTHOR?
Lora: When I was about five years old, I announced in Sunday school that I wanted to be an artist when I grew up. I was promptly sent to my mom to come up with a more sensible career choice, as I recall. I decided to become a journalist, and then a corporate communications writer, manager, and eventually formed my own public relations firm. Throughout my career, I found time to write creatively, first short stories, then screenplays, and now children's books. It's been quite the journey, but well worth it! My first book was released March 6 of this year.