Maralys Wills's eight published books span several genres and publishers. Her first book, Manbirds: Hang Gliders & Hang Gliding, (Prentice-Hall, 1981) was non-fiction, listed by Library Journal as one of the "100 best" in Science and Technology for that year. Four romances followed, published by both Harlequin and Silhouette. In 1988, she published Fun Games for Great Parties (Price/Stern/Sloan) which remained in print for six years.Maralys's personal experience story, a mainstream titled Higher Than Eagles, became the lead title for Longstreet Press in early 1992, and was optioned by filmmakers Finnegan-Pinchuk (Northern Exposure), then by Lew Eisaguerre (twice), then in 1996 by Disney Studios.Her techno-thriller, Scatterpath, about a conspiracy to sabotage a line of aircraft, was the lead title for Presidio Press in May 1993. The New York Times called it "exciting, down-to-the-wire stuff, well told by Ms. Wills, a competent writer who has apparently done her homework. Her cockpit sequences all but put the reader at the controls." Scatterpath has been optioned by Landsburg Productions and Fox Television Studios.Save My Son: A Mother and a Sheriff Tackle Addiction is co-authored by Sheriff Mike Carona. Maralys attended Stanford and UCLA, earning both a B.A. in psychology and a teaching credential. The mother of 5 boys and a girl, she helped her sons run a hang gliding manufacturing business – until she went home to write books.In addition to frequent speaking engagements, Maralys has given numerous writing seminars – at UCLA, UC Riverside, Cerritos College, and writers' conferences across the country. For the past 15 years, she's taught novel-writing at both Orange Coast College and North Orange County College District. She is a past president of the Orange County Chapter of Romance Writers of America.Mike Carona, Orange County California's sheriff, has worked for 22 years in the County Marshall's department. He has an associate of science degree in administration of justice, a bachelor of arts degree in management, a master is arts degree in management, and a master of science degree in management. He lives in Orange, California.
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