Lyla is a young adult writer and freelance fiction editor. She loves atmospheric prose, daredevil plots, gutsy characters, and immersive, fantastical worlds. While she’d like to write contemporary stories, dragons and magical spies keep hijacking her plots. She is categorically opposed to Tidy Happy Endings™ and never says no to villains who think they’re heroes.

Lyla has spent two and a half years interning with Dystel, Goderich & Bourret, P.S. Literary, and Entangled Publishing, and held various editorial positions with student publications at the University of Maryland-College Park, where she received BAs in Communication and English Literature. Her short stories have appeared in several issues of Stylus and, way back in the day, Stone Soup Magazine.

When she’s not wordsmithing or traveling, you might find her browsing a thrift store, taking photos, baking, kicking butt at Catan, or soaking up new and random information (Cold War espionage or the intricacies of volcanoes, these days). She chats about her writing life on Twitter @bookishlyla.


Editorial Services

Lyla offers affordable freelance editing of YA and select MG/Adult manuscripts for writers preparing to seek literary representation. You can browse her services at Lyla Edits.

Writing Blog

What to Consider before Entering a Writing Contest

Twitter-based writing contests have become a staple of the online publishing scene. Running the gamut from long-term mentorships to day-long pitch contests, they can be a golden opportunity for agent-seeking writers to meet people, polish their work, and get their pitches in front of agents. But there are so MANY, and in such a variety …