Wil Mara has been writing books since 1988. He started with a manuscript about herpetology (a childhood hobby), which led to a job as an editor with TFH Publications, aka, ‘The World’s Largest Publisher of Animal Books.’ In the mid ‘90s, he left TFH to work for Harcourt-Brace, at which time he began his first foray into fiction, ghostwriting a title for Albert Whitman and Company’s popular ‘Boxcar Children Mysteries.’ By the time he did his fifth ‘Boxcar’ in 1999, he was also editing for textbook publisher Prentice Hall and writing extensively for the school-library market.
His first novel for adults, Wave, was released in 2005. The flagship title in a series of disaster thrillers, it chronicled a small island community’s reaction to the news that a tsunami would strike its shores in less than two hours. Wave sold through its first printing in a matter of weeks, went on to win the New Jersey Notable Book Award, and was picked up in both paperback and eBook by Macmillan Publishing.
Wil’s second disaster thriller, The Gemini Virus, was released by Macmillan in October of 2012, in hardcover, eBook, and audio. Gemini tells the chilling story of a supervirus that begins in the industrial Northeast and spreads rapidly throughout the rest of the world. It received excellent reviews from critics and consumers alike, stayed on Amazon’s list of ‘Top 20 Best New Medical Thrillers’ for fourteen straight weeks, and was picked up for overseas distribution within a month of its initial publication. The paperback came out the following August.
In July of 2013, Wil’s first novel featuring Jason Hammond, Frame 232, was released. Examining the possiblity of a final, decisive piece of evidence to the Kennedy assassination being discovered in modern times, the book immediately earned scores of excellent reviews, reached the # 1 spot in its category on Amazon.com, and won the 2013 Lime Award for Excellence in Fiction. The second book in the Hammond series will be The Nevada Testament.
The writing of the third disaster novel, Fallout, was completed in early 2015.