I’m a freelance writer and performer in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. I’m the author of more than 50 books of one sort or another.
To begin with, there are my science fiction and fantasy novels. For DAW Books in New York, I’ve written three science fiction novels under my own name (Lost in Translation, Marseguro, and Terra Insegura, the latter two reissued in an omnibus edition called The Helix War). My next novel for DAW, The Cityborn, will also be science fiction. As Lee Arthur Chane, I’m the author of the epic steampunkish fantasy novel Magebane, and as E.C. Blake, I’m the author of the new Masks of Aygrima trilogy: Masks, Shadows, and Faces.
Although not published as YA, the Masks of Aygrima books have YA appeal: Masks was shortlisted for the Saskatchewan Book Award for Best Young Adult Novel as well as the Regina Book Award for best novel by a Regina author. Young adult fiction is actually my first love. I recently completed a five-book YA fantasy series, The Shards of Excalibur, for Coteau Books: Song of the Sword, Twist of the Blade, Lake in the Clouds, Cave Beneath the Sea, and Door into Faerie. My most recent YA novel is Flames of Nevyana, a “voltpunk” fantasy from Rebelight Publishing.
My first published novel was YA, in fact: Soulworm, which was shortlisted for the Best First Novel Award at the Saskatchewan Book Awards. My second novel, The Dark Unicorn, was shortlisted for best children’s book. Andy Nebula: Interstellar Rock Star won an Our Choice Award from the Canadian Children’s Book Centre, and Spirit Singer, recently reissued by Tyche Books in Edmonton, won the 2002 Regina Book Award for best book by a Regina author. Other YA books include Andy Nebula: Double Trouble, The Haunted Horn, and The Chosen.
I also write non-fiction, with dozens of titles on diverse topics: the history of engineering and geoscience in Saskatchewan, the Mutiny on the Bounty, the Iran-Iraq War, genetics, Ebola, Jimi Hendrix, J.R.R. Tolkien, and many more.
I also write plays: Circle the Crops, a science fiction comedy, was recently performed by Crocus 80 Theatre in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, for that city’s centennial celebrations, and As Time Goes By: A Love Story with Music and Ghosts was recently staged by Regina Lyric Musical Theatre. (I also directed that one.) Playwriting comes naturally, since in addition to being a writer, I’m a professional actor and singer who has performed in dozens of plays, musicals and operas in and around Saskatchewan, hosted local television programs, and emceed numerous public events.
I wrote a weekly newspaper science column for almost twenty years, and was also a weekly guest on CBC Radio’s Afternoon Edition talking about science for 17 of those years. Most of my science columns are archived on this site.
I’m married to Margaret Anne Hodges, a telecommunications engineer and currently president of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan. We have one daughter, Alice, and a black Siberian cat, Shadowpaw, who happens to be the nephew of the Siberian owned by Betsy Wollheim, co-owner-and-publisher of DAW books.
My literary agent is Ethan Ellenberg.