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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 »

New Aurora Award Storybundle includes my novel Marseguro

A new Storybundle has just gone live featuring winners of (and finalists for) Canada's Aurora Award for best Canadian science fiction and fantasy. It's curated by Douglas Smith, so I'm going to let him explain it in the guest post below... The Aurora Award Bundle #2 Curated by Douglas Smith How would you like to own, at an incredible bargain, ten books that readers like yourself have already voted to be the best examples of speculative fiction published in Canada? Well, here's your chance. I'm once again curating an ebook bundle for StoryBundle.com that contains more winners and finalists for Canada's premier speculative fiction award, the Aurora Award. The Auroras are awarded annually by the Canadian Science ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 8:20, July 5th, 2017 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Door into Faerie a finalist for the 2017 Aurora Award for Best Young Adult Novel!

I’m honoured that Door into Faerie has been shortlisted or a 2017 Aurora Award (for the best Canadian science fiction and fantasy) in the Young Adult category. This is the second Shards of Excalibur book to be a finalist for the YA award: Twist of the Blade was also shortlisted. Other titles on the final ballot include Day of the Demon by Randy McCharles (CreateSpace), Heir to the Sky by Amanda Sun (Harlequin Teen), Icarus Down by James Bow (Scholastic Canada), Mik Murdonch: Crisis of Consience by Michel Plested (Evil Alter Ego Press), and The Wizard Killer – Season One by Adam Dreece (ADZO Publishing). Any Canadian citizen or permanent resident can vote ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 18:19, May 28th, 2017 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

The Space-Time Continuum: Creating Magic Systems

This is a belated posting of my column from the February-March 2017 issue of Freelance, the magazine of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild. Don't know how I missed posting it, but better late than never! Most fantasy stories include magic: that’s kind of what makes them fantasy. (In fact, if I had to distinguish between fantasy and science fiction, I’d say, “The fantastical stuff in fantasy is ascribed to magic. The fantastical stuff in science fiction is ascribed to advanced technology.”) However, different authors take different approaches to the use of magic in stories. In older books of the fantastic (think The Lord of the Rings), magic is (in the words of Brian ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 16:05, May 21st, 2017 under Blog, Columns, Science Fiction Columns, Writing and Editing | 2 Comments »

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 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 »

The world of Flames of Nevyana

From the ongoing blog tour for Flames of Nevyana, here's today's guest post from Lisa's Loves (Books of Course): The world of Flames of Nevyana began with a simple kernel of an idea: the magic of electricity. I was driving from my home town of Regina, Saskatchewan, to Meadow Lake (about 500 kilometres north) for a library reading/presentation, and passing the time by trying to come up with a new YA novel idea. I got to musing on what is known in science fiction circles as Clarke’s Law: Arthur C. Clarke’s famous dictum that “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” I reflected on the fact that what we accomplish with ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 7:35, October 19th, 2016 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Flames of Nevyana blog tour begins today: here’s the first interview

The Flames of Nevyana blog tour begins today (full schedule here), and it kicks off in grand style with a fun interview I did for Susan Heim on Writing. Susan is also running a giveaway, so head over there to enter that if you'd interested in a free copy of Flames of Nevyana (and who wouldn't be?). Here's the interview part of my guest post over there, which also includes an excerpt. You’ve written more than 50 books! How do you find the time to be so prolific? What is your writing schedule like? It’s funny, people think I’m prolific, but to myself I feel lazy—I always think I could be ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 8:50, October 17th, 2016 under Blog, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Blog tour begins next week for Flames of Nevyana!

I'm looking forward to the blog tour for Flames of Nevyana, organized by my publisher, Rebelight Books, through Chapter by Chapter. Here's the schedule--hope you'll check out everything! Week 1: October 17, 2016 – Books,Dreams,Life – Spotlight October 17, 2016 – Susan Heim on Writing – Guest Post October 18, 2016 – The Silver Dagger Scriptorium – Spotlight October 18, 2016 – Paula Johanson Books – Review October 19, 2016 – Lisa’s Loves(Books of Course) – Guest Post October 20, 2016 – The Avid Reader – Guest Post October 20, 2016 – BooksChatter – Interview October 21, 2016 – Book Horde – Review   Week 2: October 24, 2016 – Lori’s Little House of Reviews – Review October 24, 2016 – The Right Geek – Review October 25, ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 7:38, October 14th, 2016 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Cover art reveal: Flames of Nevyana

My next published novel will be Flames of Nevyana, a young adult fantasy published by Rebelight Publishing in Winnipeg, and here's the cover art. Flames of Nevyana began life as Blue Fire, and was the last novel (for the moment) I've written "on spec": that is, I wrote the whole thing and then tried to sell it. It's been rewritten a lot since that first draft and is much stronger for it. I'm excited for readers to have a chance to discover it. Release date will be sometime this summer: I'm hoping it will work out to do a book launch of some sort in Winnipeg in mid-July, when ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 7:54, June 3rd, 2016 under Blog, Books | Comment now »