Haley Neil is the YA author of ONCE MORE WITH CHUTZPAH (Bloomsbury / Fall 2021). She is a current MFA candidate at The New School, studying Writing for Children and Young Adults. Before this degree, she obtained her Masters in Education while working full time as a preschool teacher. Additionally, she 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 writes silly and heartfelt stories when she isn't petting dogs, baking, or wandering through a museum dressed as a library (pictured here).
Haley 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.
Where did you grow up?
The Boston suburbs!
Where do you live?
I currently live in New York, though I have lived in London, Chicago, Boston, and, briefly, Florence!
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.
What are your favorite books?
I absolutely love Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, The Princess Bride by William Goldman, Today, Tonight, Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon, and Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuistion. And Madeline and Winnie the Pooh and From The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and too many more!
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!
Thanks for reading! Feel free to reach out to me with further questions.
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