Maralys Wills is the author of 14 books, scattered like birdseed over six different genres. But she can never say which work she likes best. "It's always the last one I wrote."However, she freely admits that a highlight of her writing career was the critique she received from author Sidney Sheldon. In one of his last letters, he wrote of her writing book, "Damn the Rejections, Full Speed Ahead:" "Maralys Wills, genre-hopper exraordinaire, 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."Among Maralys' three memoirs is the recently re-published "Higher Than Eagles," which gathered five movie options (including from Disney),a review in the Los Angeles Times, (reprinted in 56 newspapers), and a visit from the newsmagazine 20/20. "Eagles" is once more in the hands of a Hollywood producer.
A Clown in the Trunk: A Memoirby Maralys Wills
The family that once took to the skies and soared on butterfly hang gliders, now rollicks across the landscape in other conveyances-from a broken-down van to the QE2, from a media-hyped "Love Train" to the Orient Express. Older now, but probably no wiser, Maralys Wills and her troupe find adventure lurking where no one else would think to look. Her… See more details below
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The family that once took to the skies and soared on butterfly hang gliders, now rollicks across the landscape in other conveyances-from a broken-down van to the QE2, from a media-hyped "Love Train" to the Orient Express. Older now, but probably no wiser, Maralys Wills and her troupe find adventure lurking where no one else would think to look. Her writing career, as varied and offhanded as her travels, wanders down myriad paths, from romance novels to nonfiction to techno-thriller to memoirs. Yet Wills never fails to see the overlying humor that marks her life. And she never forgets her first and most essential role: "When you add up the total hours I've spent offering brilliant, unwanted advice to my offspring, you'd have to know I'm mostly a mother."In this sequel to A Circus Without Elephants, the family must again close ranks to cope with tragedy. But once more she and her large family learn that life indeed goes on-with new members to love and new events that excite, entertain, and defy description.
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