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HALEY NEIL

Haley Neil is the author of YA Contemporary ONCE MORE WITH CHUTZPAH (Bloomsbury / Fall 2021). She is a recent MFA grad from The New School, where she specialized in Writing for Children and Young Adults. Before this degree, she obtained her Masters in Education while working full time as a preschool teacher. She also studied at NYU, where she majored in English with a double minor in Art History and Creative Writing. She was selected for the Professional Edge Program, where she obtained an additional Publishing Certificate. She loves school, teaching, and going to school to learn about teaching.

Haley writes silly and heartfelt stories when she isn't walking her fluffball of a rescue pup or pretending she’s on a home baking show.


She is represented by Lauren Spieller at Triada US. 

 

F A Q

Frequently Asked Questions

What do you write?

My current focus is Young Adult Literature, but I have a soft spot for all areas of writing for children!

Why do you write?

I write because I want to share the stories I could have used growing up. I write because I genuinely love it. I write for you, the reader. 

Is ONCE MORE WITH CHUTZPAH ownvoices?

I wrote from my own experiences concerning my religious/cultural background, sexuality, and anxiety. 

Like Tally, I was raised in an interfaith household and have Israeli family. 

Do you have any writing advice?

Having a community of writers is one of the most important things you can do. First of all, everyone needs critique partners. But, beyond that, they are the ones who will help you figure out all things writing. They can be pretty cool too. 

Also, challenge yourself! This is the weirder piece of advice. I've had great personal success with timed writing and setting goals (from an hour a day to a chapter a day). Figure out what works best for you!

Anything else?

Thanks for reading! Feel free to reach out to me with further questions. 

 

December 17, 2017

Congratulations are in order. I married Santa Claus. 

As with all engagements, the idea was proposed by a completely unrelated, third party member. One of my five year-old students informed me in October of the upcoming nuptials. 

The wedding took plac...

November 13, 2017

GENDER IS A SOCIAL CONSTRUCT! 

I'm feeling really hungry, I'm just going to eat your nose. 

I am 157 years old. 

I am 3 years old.

I know you're a zombie, but you still can't lift up someone's skirt. 
 

If you try really hard, I'm sure you can be both a b...

May 10, 2017

1. There are three hundred bees here and they're angry.

2. Remember yesterday when I met you?

3. I’m really smart. I know 2 and 3 makes 5. 

4. I am a police cat. 

5. If a boy gives you pink flowers, he wants to marry you. 

6. You have lipstick all over yo...

May 8, 2017

5:30am-6:30am: Wake up, get angry at the universe, remember how adorable your students are, get out of bed. 

*Commute takes place somewhere around here. Time does not exist during the Commute. At some point you get to school.*

8:00am: Students start ar...

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