Edward Willett


Great new review of Door Into Faerie

On her blog, Saskatoon author Shelley A. Leedahl reviews Door into Faerie: "...I read it without reading its predecessors, and also, admittedly, with a bit of a bias against the fantasy genre. Magic shmagic. I've oft said that what I really value in literature is contemporary realism: stories I can connect with via details from the here and now, geography and language I can relate to because I recognize it, I speak it. The old "holding a mirror to the world" thing. Well surprise, surprise: I loved this YA fantasy. Willett wields his well-honed writing chops from page one, and my interest was maintained until the final word...I can't imagine teens ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 14:00, March 29th, 2018 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

The Space-Time Continuum: Steam-Engine Time

Here's my latest column from Freelance, the magazine of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild. All forms of art, from the visual to the theatrical, from motion pictures to literature, tend to go through movements. One reason for this is simply copycatting, something that is most clearly seen in the motion picture industry: somebody makes a movie about, say, competitive cross-stitching, and it’s such a hit that suddenly there are a dozen more films about the cut-throat world of fabric-related competition. Another reason is conversation: artists within the same genre naturally react to, protest, and comment on the work of others within their genre. But sometimes, and especially in science fiction, it’s because it’s ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 8:05, March 28th, 2018 under Blog, Columns, Science Fiction Columns, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Cover reveal: Paths to the Stars, my short-story collection

I'm getting very close to releasing my short-story collection, Paths to the Stars. It brings together almost all of my published, and a few of my unpublished, short stories, going all the way back to the beginnings of my writing career, up through "Textente Tela Veneris," just released in the Planetary: Venus anthology from Superversive Press (see the previous note). Since I'm independently publishing this through "Shadowpaw Press" (ahem), I'm doing my own cover art. I found a great image on Shutterstock created by Tithi Luadthong. I my still tweak the fonts, but this is pretty close to what you can expect on the finished book. Can't wait to share these stories!

Posted by Edward Willett at 19:02, February 26th, 2018 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Short story in new anthology Planetary: Venus

I have a new short story out, in the anthology Planetary: Venus from Superversive Press. Here's a description of the anthology: Venus, the second planet from the sun, a world of sulfurous gas and tremendous temperatures where the landscape features—mountains and valleys—are all named for love goddesses. Venus herself is the goddess most known for allure and romance. Here are twenty stories featuring Venus, the planet, the goddess, or just plain love—both romantic and otherwise. Planetary Fiction explores the themes associated with these heavenly bodies as well as their astronomical, mythological, and in some cases even alchemical significance. My short story, "Texente Tela Veneris" (in English, "Venus's Weaver"), has an interesting back-story: ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 18:56, February 26th, 2018 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

The Cityborn shortlisted for Saskatchewan Book Award

I'm pleased to announce that my science fiction novel The Cityborn (DAW Books) is a finalist for the $2,000 City of Regina Book Award in this year's Saskatchewan Book Awards (you can find the complete list of nominees at the link.) The shortlist was announced at the Regina Public Library (and concurrently in Saskatoon) on February 16. I've been nominated for the Regina Book Awards three times previously, for Spirit Singer (which won in 2002), Magebane, and Masks. Others nominated in the City of Regina Book Award category are: Islands of Grass by Trevor Herriot (photographs by Branimir Gjetvaj) (Coteau Books) The Fabric of Day by Anne Campbell (Thistledown Press) ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 14:12, February 16th, 2018 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Song of the Sword now available as audiobook!

I'm thrilled to announce that Song of the Sword, book one in my Shards of Excalibur young adult fantasy series (published in print by Coteau Books) is now available through Audible.com as an audiobook, narrated by the talented Elizabeth Klett, who will be narrating the remaining four books in the series over the course of the year.       I couldn't be happier with Elizabeth's narration. Here's a bit more about her from her website: Reading books out loud has long been a passion for Elizabeth Klett. She has been a professional audiobook narrator since 2011, with over 100 titles available at Audible and elsewhere. She has ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 14:02, February 16th, 2018 under Audiobooks, Blog, Books | Comment now »

The Space-Time Continuum: What do writers owe their readers?

Here's my latest column from Freelance, the magazine of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild. The Winds of Winter, the sixth book in George R.R. Martin’s bestselling fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire, still doesn’t have a release date, six years after the release of A Dance with Dragons. (And there’s a final book, A Dream of Spring, to come after The Winds of Winter.) Readers of the series are understandably antsy. Some have been downright rude about it, prompting Neil Gaiman to famously tell a reader that “George R.R. Martin is not working for you.” (Well, he put it that way the second time he said it: his original formulation was…pithier.) But ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 16:40, January 20th, 2018 under Blog, Columns, Science Fiction Columns, Writing and Editing | 1 Comment »

Help me create science fiction and fantasy through Patreon!

I've decided to join the ranks of the Patreonites: you can now, if you wish, become a patron of my work (Medici-like), helping me create more exciting science fiction and fantasy works and earning some cool rewards in the process. In case you're not familiar with it: Patreon is designed to help people support creators in their creation of stuff. There are artists and filmmakers and craftspeople and many, many others on Patreon. And there are authors. Including, now, me. Check out my page, and if you'd like to contribute, you can sign up for as little as $1 U.S. a month. There are rewards at different levels of giving, so take ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 10:48, November 11th, 2017 under Blog | Comment now »

First description of Worldshaper, my next novel for DAW Books

The release of Worldshaper, Book 1 in the Worldshapers series, is still 10 months away (it's set for September 2018), but that's not very long in publishing terms. My editor at DAW Books, Sheila Gilbert, and I are already talking about cover art. And I've also been asked to write "sell copy" describing the book. Here it is, the first public description of what to expect: Worldshaper By Edward Willett Book 1 in the Worldshapers series For Shawna Keys, the world is almost perfect. She’s just opened a pottery studio in a beautiful city. She’s in love with a wonderful man. She has good friends.  ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 15:39, November 9th, 2017 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

The Space-Time Continuum: Pulp Fiction

This is my latest column from the Saskatchewan Writers Guild magazine Freelance, with extra graphics! Mention “pulp fiction” these days and most people probably think of the 1994 Quentin Tarantino movie. But of course the movie’s title referenced something much earlier: fiction literally published on pulp—cheap paper made directly from wood-pulp. Pulp paper quickly turns both yellow and brittle, and perhaps that perception of poor quality has coloured the perception of the fiction printed thereon, but in fact many classic stories—not just of science fiction and fantasy, but in other genres, too—first appeared in what are now known as the “pulp magazines.” Mike Ashley is a U.K. researcher and editor who has published ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 14:48, October 3rd, 2017 under Blog, Columns, Science Fiction Columns | Comment now »