Thursday, September 16, 2010

Author Maralys Wills To Discuss 'Damn The Rejections: Full Speed Ahead' On The Authors Show Radio Through September 2011

Wills is the author of twelve published books, has been teaching novel writing for 25 years and was called by Sidney Sheldon 'a force to be reckoned with'

[September 8, 2010 Santa Ana, CA] Author Maralys Wills will be appearing on The Author Show through September 2011. Ms. Wills is the author of twelve published books and has garnered three national awards. She has been teaching novel-writing for 25 years and in 2000 was named 'Teacher Of The Year'. In this interview she discusses one of her latest books, Damn The Rejections: Full Speed Ahead, and talks about writing and publishing in general. The show airs at The Author Show website through September 2011.

"I wrote this book," stated Ms. Wills, "because it took me 14 years to sell my memoir, Higher Than Eagles." If only I'd had some advice and known what questions to ask (and what writing techniques were needed), the process would have been years shorter. Most of us can't give 14 years to writing and selling our life stories. My book offers practical tips to shorten the process and, while you're at it, make your writing alive and vivid. But you can also read the book as a story--about one author's struggle to get past rejection and find a dramatic life in the world of words."

A treasure trove of sage advice for the new writer packaged in easy to digest and fun to read anecdotes. Damn the Rejections, Full Speed Ahead offers real world suggestions for writing novels or non-fiction and turning them into not only saleable, but bestseller material. Maralys shares from her own experience in the dos and don’ts of getting published.

Sidney Sheldon, bestselling novelist said, "Maralys Wills, genre-hopper extraordinaire, will make you laugh and cry and laugh again in this gripping how-to handbook for writers everywhere. She is clearly a force to be reckoned with."

Ms. Wills' interview will be available through September 2011 at The Authors Show website at More information regarding Ms. Wills and her books are available at her websites at,,, and at Ms. Wills is available for media interview and can be contacted using the information below or by email at

"My advice to artists," Ms. Wills continued, "is simple: When you have a vision, stick to it . . . never allow others to dim it down. As a writer, dismiss your rejections as a temporary barrier and see yourself on the other side. . . as published! Unless a rejection offers useful advice (occasionally they do), your attitude should be, What do they know?"

Damn The Rejections: Full Speed Ahead is available at most national book retailers, online book outlets and anywhere books are sold.

Damn The Rejections: Full Speed Ahead
The Bumpy Road To Getting Published
Stephens Press
ISBN 978-1-932173-925


Maralys Wills’ twelve published books span several genres and publishers. Her fiction works include four romance novels published by Harlequin and Silhouette, and a techno-thriller about airplane sabotage. The N.Y. Times called SCATTERPATH “exciting, down-to-the-wire stuff . . . her cockpit sequences all but put the reader at the controls.”

Among her non-fictions is MANBIRDS: HANG GLIDERS & HANG GLIDING (Prentice-Hall), a party game book (Price/ Stern/Sloan), and her family story about hang gliding champions, HIGHER THAN EAGLES (Longstreet Press). Sadly, the Wills family lost two sons to the sport, and Wills’ account of those years--initially exhilarating, then tragic--earned her high marks in Publisher’s Weekly and Kirkus. HIGHER THAN EAGLES garnered five movie options, including from Disney.

Wills’ book on addiction, SAVE MY SON, is the result of years of trauma with an addicted son. Research in four states proved that other locales do offer real solutions.

Her recent, light-hearted memoir, A CIRCUS WITHOUT ELEPHANTS, earned a national award from Writer’s Digest. In 2008, Stephens Press published the sequel, A CLOWN IN THE TRUNK, (an Indie award winner), and in 2009, her writing book, DAMN THE REJECTIONS, FULL SPEED AHEAD, which won two national awards.

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 a teaching credential. She once helped her sons run a hang gliding manufacturing business, but after the family tragedies she went home to write books.

For the past 22 years, Wills has taught college novel-writing, and in 2000 was voted “Teacher of the Year.” In addition to frequent speaking engagements, she has given numerous writing seminars---at UCLA, UC Riverside, UCI, Orange Coast College, Cerritos College, and at writers’ conferences across the country. She is a past president of the Orange County Chapter of Romance Writers of America.


Maralys Wills
1811 Beverly Glen Dr.,
Santa Ana, Calif., 92705.