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With Maralys Wills, author of Damn the Rejections, Full Speed Ahead


If you've ever become discouraged about how hard it is to get published, you must listen to this show. Better yet, read Maralys' book for an inspiring tale of dedication in the face of rejection after rejection.

Maralys Wills’s twelve published books span a variety of genres and publishers. Her fiction includes four romance novels and a techno-thriller about airplane sabotage. The New York Times said ofScatterpath: “exciting, down-to-the-wire stuff . . her cockpit sequences all but put the reader at the controls.”

Her nonfiction works include Manbirds: Hang Gliders and Hang Gliding, published by Prentice-Hall; a party game book from Price/Stern/Sloan; and her family story about hang gliding champions, Higher Than Eagles. Sadly, the Wills family lost two sons to the sport, and Wills’s account of those years--initially exhilarating, then tragic--earned her high marks in Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews. Higher Than Eagles garnered five movie options, including one from Disney.

Wills’s book on addiction, Save My Son, is the result of years of trauma with an addicted son. Her recent light-hearted memoir, A Circus without Elephants, earned a national award from Writer’s Digest. The sequel, A Clown in the Trunk, was published in May, 2008. Her writing book, Damn the Rejections, Full Speed Ahead, debuts in the fall of 2008.

Wills is the mother of six children--five boys and a girl. Her husband is a lawyer. She studied at Stanford and UCLA, earning a B.A. and later a teaching credential. She once helped her sons run a hang gliding manufacturing business, but after family tragedies she went home to write books.

For the past 21 years, Wills has taught college-level novel-writing. She speaks often and has presented numerous college and conference writing seminars. She is a past president of the Orange County Chapter of Romance Writers of America.

Please join Maralys Wills and host Paula B. as they discuss:

  • How she's ended up working in so many genres
  • How jumping around has affected her writing career
  • What it's like to work in each genre
  • Whether she'd jump from genre to genre if she had it to do over
  • What her most useful writing tricks are.

Interviewee: Maralys Wills
Host: Paula B.
Date: October 19, 2008
Running time: 01:03:49
File size: 30 megabytes
Rating: G
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