WIL MARA IS THE 2020 NEW JERSEY AUTHOR OF THE YEAR

We are thrilled to announce that Wil Mara has been chosen by the New Jersey Association of School Librarians as the 2020 New Jersey Author of the Year! Wil is a 35-year veteran of the publishing industry with more than 300 books to his credit. He has penned both fiction and nonfiction for all ages, written over a span of more than thirty years and released through some of the biggest houses in the world, including Rosen, Macmillan, Dorling Kindersley, Scholastic, St. Martin’s Press, Tor, and others. Most recently, his ‘Twisted’ series has become a hit with parents, teachers, librarians, and middle-grade students, including those in the challenging reluctant and hi-lo categories.

Wil also served inside the industry as an editor, production manager, and executive for twenty years, with tenures at Prentice Hall, McGraw-Hill, and Harcourt Brace. He has since entered the realm of Hollywood, now developing his ‘Twisted’ series for television with one of the leading LA-based production companies, as well as three other projects based on his published works. Peripherally, he does numerous appearances to teach writing skills for schools and other institutions, is an executive committee member on the board of directors for the New Jersey Center for the Book, the host of the ‘Voice of American Libraries’ podcast, and was the 2019 recipient of the Literary Lion of New Jersey Award, whose past winners include Gus Friedrich, Dean Emeritus of Rutgers University, and Joyce Carol Oates, National Book Award winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist.

For contact, please use general@wilmara.com. All emails are answered within 24 hours.

JUNIOR LIBRARY GUILD TO FEATURE WIL ON UPCOMING LIVE WEBCAST TO DISCUSS THE ‘TWISTED’ BOOKS

Mark your calendars—on Thursday, October 29th at 3:00 PM EST, the Junior Library Guild will be hosting a live discussion about paranormal and horror elements in modern children’s literature, and Wil is going to be one of their featured guests to talk about his bestselling ‘Twisted’ series. This is one you don’t want to miss!

The JLG webcasts spotlight prominent figures from all around the publishing industry, including authors, illustrators, editors, librarians, and many others. One of their recent guests was Jason Reynolds, the current Library of Congress Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.

The Guild has been wonderfully supportive of the ‘Twisted’ books, which have proven particularly popular with hi-lo and reluctant readers (a topic that will likely be included in the discussion). The second title in the series, ‘House of a Million Rooms’, was chosen as one of the Guild’s Main Selection picks in 2019 and received the Gold Standard Award later that year.

More information about the JLG webcasts can be found here—

https://www.juniorlibraryguild.com/jlg-webcasts

To be notified of upcoming webcasts—

https://analytics.clickdimensions.com/juniorlibraryguildcom-aefgp/pages/bh5nzkrseeqi0wavxf1yqa.html

To see the ‘Twisted’ promotional video—

For librarians, the ‘Twisted’ titles can be ordered direct from the publisher—

http://www.enslow.com/series/twisted

Wil’s main site, which includes free downloads of all ‘Twisted’ opening chapters—

www.wilmara.com

For contact, please use general@wilmara.com. All emails are answered within 24 hours.

NEW ‘VOICE OF AMERICAN LIBRARIES PODCAST’ AVAILABLE NOW

Some weeks ago, Wil interviewed Laura Penn, middle- and high-school librarian for the central school district in Akron, New York, for the ongoing ‘Voice of American Libraries’ podcast. The focus of their conversation was the countless difficulties facing librarians as they enter the start of the first academic year in the age of Covid.

The .mp3 file (running time just under 49 minutes) is HERE.

‘The Voice of American Libraries’ podcast is intended to raise awareness of the many challenges in today’s library profession, both school and public. It feature prominent industry figures discussing the most pressing current issues in the hope of driving more widespread conversation that will lead to best practices and effective solutions.

For contact, please use general@wilmara.com. All emails are answered within 24 hours.

REMINDER ABOUT ‘THE GEMINI VIRUS READERS’ COMPANION’

In light of the recent spike in interest in Wil’s 2012 thriller The Gemini Virus, we’d like to remind you again of the supplemental publication The Gemini Virus Readers’ Companion—a free download that has a whole slew of behind-the-scenes anecdotes, deleted scenes with explanatory notes, rare interviews Wil granted at the time, and the full text of his lecture on pandemic preparedness that he gave along with Dr. Marty Hewlett at the University of New Mexico that September (and offers some eerie foreshadowing toward the coronavirus outbreak).

The PDF can be found HERE.

And further information about The Gemini Virus, including podcasts, audiobook samples, reviews, endorsements, promotional videos, and more can be found HERE.

For contact, please use general@wilmara.com. All emails are answered within 24 hours.

NEW JASON HAMMOND NOVELLA, ‘COVID PATIENT ZERO’, NOW AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY ON AMAZON

The new Jason Hammond novella, Covid Patient Zero, which was previously offered as an online serial in ten weekly installments, is now available in its entirety through Amazon. It tells the story of Jason’s mission to trace the first person to be infected with Covid-19, aka the coronavirus. Jason Hammond has been a popular recurring character of Wil’s, featured in past bestsellers Frame 232 and The Nevada Testament, plus the upcoming novel The Diana Directive.

Wil received technical assistance on Covid Patient Zero from Dr. Martinez J. Hewlett, virologist and Professor Emeritus at the University of Arizona, who acted in the same capacity for Wil’s 2012 medical thriller The Gemini Virus.

Covid Patient Zero is available in both eBook (Kindle) and paperback formats, and with discount pricing. To order, use the links below.

PAPERBACK ($6.99)

KINDLE ($2.99 or free for Kindle Unlimited customers)

The full cover can be viewed HERE. And the first two chapters are still available via the following links—

CHAPTER 1: OPEN THE DOWNLOADABLE PDF.

CHAPTER 2: OPEN THE DOWNLOADABLE PDF.

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