Former Wilson County English teacher publishes superhero novel

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GOLDSBORO — Former Wilson County teacher Gene E. Willoughby II has released “The Sunstroms,” a self-published superhero thriller.

Willoughby is a language arts teacher who said the novel is a product of his obsession with the superhero genre and his desire to turn young people into lifelong readers.

“I grew up on these kinds of stories whether they were in comics, movies or novels,” Willoughby said in a news release. “Since I started teaching in 2003, I’ve met so many students who love this type of thing as much as I do, but struggle finding text that fits their interests. This book is for them.”

Willoughby describes “The Sunstroms” as “a sci-fi tale of family, heroism, loss and conspiracy.”

“When the son suffers the loss of both parents, Sam Sunstrom must overcome fear and self-doubt as he and his siblings struggle to prevent a cruel, technological zealot from using a cosmic window which would decimate life on Earth upon activation,” a plot summary of the book states.

Willoughby earned a bachelor’s degree in English and writing from East Carolina University and master’s of fine arts in creative writing at Full Sail University. He teaches literature and composition to middle-school students in Goldsboro.

“The Sunstroms” is a 222-page paperback that retails for $19.99 on Lulu.com. For more information and a link to purchase the book online, visit www.sunstromsnovel.weebly.com.