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Cover art reveal! My eighth DAW novel, The Cityborn

A drumroll, please: I'm pleased to reveal the cover art, by Stephan Martiniere, for The Cityborn, my eighth novel for DAW Books, releasing July 4. It's a stand-alone science fiction novel, and I'm very pleased that it's under my real name. Here's the cover blurb to go with the art:   The metal City towers at the center of the mountain-ringed Heartland, standing astride the deep chasm of the Canyon like a malevolent giant, ruled with an iron fist by the First Officer and his Provosts in the ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 16:08, March 21st, 2017 under Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Excited to have a story in upcoming anthology The Sum of Us!

I'm pleased to announce I'll have a story, "The Mother's Keepers," in this upcoming anthology, The Sum of Us: Tales of the Bonded and Bound, edited by Susan Forest and Lucas K. Law. Here's how it's described: The world of caregivers and unsung heroes, the province of ghosts . . . If we believe that we are the protagonists of our lives, then caregivers— our pillars—are ghosts, the bit players, the stock characters, the secondary supports, living lives of quiet trust and toil in the shadows. Summoned to us by the profound magic of great emotional, physical, or psychological need, they play their roles, and when our need diminishes . . . ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 17:00, March 18th, 2017 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

My Government House history book lauded as “a masterful work of art”

A very nice review of Government House, Regina, Saskatchewan: An Illustrated History (Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing) has appeared on the Saskatchewan Publishers' Group's SPG Book Reviews website. Keith Foster writes, in part: "Government House, Regina, Saskatchewan: An Illustrated History by Regina author Edward Willett is a masterful work of art in both narrative and illustration, solid in structure, and powerful in its rendition... "Overflowing with photos of Government House and its inhabitants over the decades, this highly visual coffee table book is stunning in its beauty... "This is a book that not only belongs on every bookshelf in Canada, it’s a book Saskatchewan residents, and in particular Regina residents, would be proud to have ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 16:38, December 5th, 2016 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

A review of Line Dance. Apparently I have a sense of humour. Who knew?

Here's the first review I've seen of Line Dance, the collection of poems that resulted from...well, I'll let the reviewer explain, because I'm tired of typing various versions of this: Each weekday during Poetry Month in April, Hill [Poet Laureate Gerald Hill] e-mailed SK Writers’ Guild members a pair of first lines he’d selected from SK poetry books and invited folks to respond with poems of their own. Some, like professionals Brenda Schmidt and Ed Willett, sent poems every day. In the end, almost 500 pieces were submitted, and SK writing veteran-turned publisher, Byrna Barclay, bound what editor Hill deemed the best into a handsome package, featuring Saskatchewanian David ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 12:51, November 6th, 2016 under Blog, Books, Poetry | Comment now »

What does writing success mean to me?

The Flames of Nevyana blog tour has wrapped up! The final two stops of note were this long review of the book from Jorie Loves a Story (too long and detailed to easily excerpt, so read it in situ), and an interview from Melissa Yaun-Innes's blog, of which here's a large chunk (Just in time for Hallowe'en, it's headlined, "Crawl into Edward Willett's mind")... Q. What does writing success mean to you? Awards, money, readers, all of the above? To me, what feels like success varies depending on the day of the week. Well, not quite, but almost. When I receive an award (and I’ve received a few—a Saskatchewan Book Award for my YA fantasy ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 10:02, October 30th, 2016 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

A Q&A at Chapter by Chapter

Yesterday's stop in the Flames of Nevyana blog tour was at the host site, Chapter by Chapter, and featured a Q&A (plus an excerpt and link to the giveaway!)  Describe your book in 140 characters or less (like a Tweet) Three teenagers must overcome their mutual mistrust to save their land when the sacred secrets of Blue Fire are stolen and turned to evil. What was your inspiration for writing this book?  Was it in a dream? A thought while taking a walk? I was driving from my home town of Regina, Saskatchewan, to Meadow Lake, about 500 kilometres further north, to do a reading at the library. Whenever I’m on my own in ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 7:42, October 27th, 2016 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Flames of Nevyana “an awesome and fun book”

The Flames of Nevyana book tour continues with this review from Lori's Little House of Reviews: "I have to say I really loved this book a whole lot, I feel in love with all three of these individuals...I really loved all three of their relationships. I loved that they were suppose to be enemies but became such friends.  "I really loved the ending...I loved that all three of them stood up for what they believed in...Even the bad guy of the story you could understand why he did what he did, even though he went about it the wrong way. It was such an awesome and fun book to read." "Awesome and fun." ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 9:06, October 24th, 2016 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

A long interview with me from Books Chatter

The Flames of Nevyana blog tour continued today with this long interview at Books Chatter. I had fun answering these questions. A very warm welcome to Edward Willett (a.k.a. E.C. Blake); thank you for joining us on BooksChatter! What was the inspiration for Flames of Nevyana? "I was driving from my home town of Regina, Saskatchewan, to Meadow Lake, about 500 kilometres further north, to do a reading at the library. Whenever I’m on my own in the car on a long trip I do a lot of thinking about writing, and on this occasion I deliberately set myself the task of coming up with a new idea for a YA fantasy ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 16:11, October 22nd, 2016 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Flames of Nevyana “a wonderful YA read”

The Flames of Nevyana blog tour continues with a review from Book Horde. "Great world-building, a fantasy feel with an SF twist, admirable characters, and the themes of courage and truth above all make Flames of Nevyana a wonderful YA read. I know my teen will really enjoy it." Read the whole thing! 

Posted by Edward Willett at 8:48, October 21st, 2016 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Answering a question about how I write characters

The Flames of Nevyana blog tour continues. Today, I have this guest post at The Avid Reader about how I write characters... Do the characters all come to you at the same time or do some of them come to you as you write? Characters are the heart and soul of fiction: just as excellent acting can redeem even the ugliest set in a theatrical production, so excellent characters can go a long way toward overcoming deficiencies in an imaginary world. On the other hand, even the most wonderfully constructed world, however interesting it might appear at first glance, will soon will seem as flat as the aforementioned theatrical set without excellent ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 9:26, October 20th, 2016 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »