On May 30 I gave a talk at the offices of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild
for the Saskatchewan chapter of CANSCAIP, the Canadian Society of Children's Authors, Illustrators and Performers
(that's their logo at left). The talk was live streamed and will eventually be on YouTube (I'll post a link once it was) but here is what I wrote in preparation for it, edited a bit. If you didn't see the talk and don't want to wait for the YouTube video, this will give you the gist. (Not that I read it very closely, so the actual talk varies considerably.)
How to Write Young Adult Fantasy
by Edward Willett
t didn’t ...
Helen Kubiw at the excellent CanLit for Little Canadians
site has been a fan of The Shards of Excalibur from the beginning, and she likes Cave Beneath the Sea quite a lot:
In Cave Beneath the Sea, Edward Willett has created as exciting a read as the earlier books in the series, continuing to develop his characters and their relationships while the action-filled plot carries the reader to intriguing national and international locales. Both Ariane and Wally feel the power of the sword, drawing them to its shards but also compelling their anger in those who have hurt them: parents, siblings, bullies, enemies. And while they struggle with those yearnings, they are finding their way ...
We’re just six weeks from the May 15 release of Door into Faerie, which means it’s time to give you a sneak peek.
Normally I only post the opening chapter of the books, but for the finale, I’m giving you two.
Click here to read the first two chapters of Door into Faerie!
And remember, you can already pre-order the book on Amazon
, at Chapters Indigo
, or directly from the publisher, Coteau Books
Ariane and Wally must reforge the sword of Excalibur to defeat Merlin: but doing so may unleash something neither of them is strong enough to handle.
In the climactic fifth book of The Shards of ...
This one is from Resource Links
, and is posted to Coteau Books
"The overlay of the Arthurian legend on a modern Canadian context works surprisingly well. Merlin's magical powers are invested in Rex Major's spyware embedded in the internet. Wally's loyalty and courage accurately reflect both Arthur's strength and his fatal flaw. Ariane's coolly calculated actions echo the dispassionate deeds of the Lady of the Lake . . . Readers who are invested in the series will eagerly anticipate the final two books."
Read the whole thing.
I turned in the final edited manuscript of Cave Beneath the Sea this week to Coteau Books
, which is aiming for a November release. But you don't have to wait that long to start it: here's a sneak peek, in the form of the first chapter.
Enjoy--and be ready for the release of Book 4 in just two months!
Cave Beneath the Sea
Chapter 1: Snow Day
Ariane Forsythe stared out the farmhouse’s second-storey window at the swirling snow, and sighed. Just my luck, she thought. Lady of the Lake, in freaking Saskatchewan—where lakes are frozen solid six months out of the year.
Downstairs she could hear the radio playing “It’s Beginning to ...
Although I'm still waiting for the bulk of my author's copies of Faces (which is why the top three winners in my giveaway haven't received their books yet), Faces has officially hit bookshelves and is available for order through your local bookstores (if they don't have it in stock) or online at Amazon.com
, Barnes & Noble
, and other fine retailers.
Not a lot of reviews yet, but there have been a couple! From RT Book Reviews
, which gives it four stars:
In his final installment in the Masks of Aygrima trilogy, Faces, E.C. Blake builds on the ...
I'm excited to announce that Song of the Sword has been long-listed in the young adult category for The Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic
, an annual award celebrating the best in Canadian fantastic literature published during the previous calendar year.
The winners receive a cash prize of $1,000 as well as a medallion which incorporates the Sunburst logo.
The Sunburst Award takes its name from the debut novel of the late Phyllis Gotlieb, one of the first published authors of contemporary Canadian speculative fiction.
Others long-listed in the YA category:
Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong
The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier
Gottika by Helaine Becker
Tin Star by Cecil Castellucci
The Voices in Between by Charlene Challenger
Guardian by Natasha ...
The Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association has announced the ballot for the 2015 Aurora Awards
, recognizing the best in Canadian science fiction and fantasy, and I'm pleased and proud to announce that Twist of the Blade
is on the ballot in the Best Young Adult Novel Category.
Others nominated in that category:
Lockstep by Karl Schroeder, Tor Books;
Rain by Amanda Sun, Harlequin TEEN;
Out of This World by Charles de Lint, Razorbill Canada;
The Voices in Between by Charlene Challenger, Tightrope Books;
Mabel the Lovelorn Dwarf by Sherry Peters, Dwarvenamazon; and
Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong, Doubleday Canada.
The Aurora awards will be present during SFContario 6 / Canvention 35 on the weekend of November 20-22
There are more than the usual five nominees because of ...
Lake in the Clouds, Book 3 in my YA fantasy series The Shards of Excalibur, comes out in May from Coteau Books
--which means it's time for a little teaser.
Here you go: Chapter 1 for your reading pleasure
, just to whet your appetite.
Sharp-eyed observers may also note that the title has changed slightly, from The Lake in the Clouds to just Lake in the Clouds. This is so it matches up better with the first two books, Song of the Sword and Twist of the Blade, neither of which begins with a definite article. The fourth book has likewise shifted title from The Cave Beneath the Sea to Cave Beneath ...
Each year the Saskatchewan Book Awards
honour the best books by Saskatchewan authors, and I'm pleased to announce that the 2015 shortlisted books include Masks, in two categories: Young Adult Literature (self-explanatory) and Regina Book Award (for the best book by a Regina author).
The books are judged by out-of-province judges, and the stated criteria is simply "the quality of the writing."
I've been shortlisted for Saskatchewan Book Awards in the past but have only won once, for my YA fantasy Spirit Singer
(written under my other name, Edward Willett), back in 2002. I was also nominated for Best First Book in 1997 for my first novel, Soulworm
; for Children's Literature a ...