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First description of Master of the World: Worldshapers Book 2

Cover of Worldshaper, Book 1 in the Worldshapers series from DAW Books. Sheila E. Gilbert, my Hugo-award winning editor at DAW Books, asked me to draft some sell copy for Master of the World, Book 2 in the Worldshapers series (Book 1 is, of course, Worldshaper, whose cover graces this post). Here's what I came up with: Shawna Keys has fled the world she only recently discovered she Shaped, narrowly escaping death at the hands of the Adversary who seized control of it...and losing her only guide, Karl Yatsar, in the process.Now she finds herself all alone in some other Shaper’s world, ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 14:26, November 19th, 2018 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Complete Shards of Excalibur series now available as audiobooks!

Cover art for the audiobook version of Door Into Faerie, Book 5 of The Shards of Excalibur series. With the release of Door into Faerie this week, my complete five-book Shards of Excalibur young adult fantasy series, published in print by Coteau Books, is now available in audiobook format: Song of the SwordTwist of the BladeLake in the CloudsCave Beneath the SeaDoor into Faerie The Shards of Excalibur series tells the story of Ariane Forsythe and Wally Knight, two Regina teens who are sent on a quest for the scattered shards of King Arthur's legendary sword ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 13:47, November 10th, 2018 under Audiobooks, Blog, Books | Comment now »

My latest book: the First World War memoirs of my grandfather-in-law

The cover of One Lucky Devil: The First World War Memoirs of Sampson J. Goodfellow (Shadowpaw Press). My latest book isn't one I wrote, it's one I edited. It's One Lucky Devil, the First World War memoirs of my grandfather-in-law, Sampson J. Goodfellow, published by my new publishing company, Shadowpaw Press. I always knew that this would be the second book from Shadowpaw Press, after my collection of short stories, Paths to the Stars, and also knew I wanted to time it to come out just before this November 11, the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended the Great War. It's ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 10:49, November 7th, 2018 under Blog, Books, Shadowpaw Press, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Coming in 2020: Changers, a young-adult dark-fantasy shapeshifter story for ChiZine Publications

I'm thrilled to announce that ChiZine Publications is buying my young-adult dark-fantasy novel Changers (intended to start a new series!) for publication in 2020. It will presumably appear under their ChiTeen imprint. Sandra Kasturi, editor of ChiZine Publications, announced the sale at Can-Con in Ottawa over the weekend. I've known for a while, but didn't want to say anything publicly until she did. I'm very much looking forward to working with the great folks at ChiZine, and excited about this story.  This may change, but here's the "big picture" as I presented it in my submission:...

Posted by Edward Willett at 13:46, October 16th, 2018 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

The Space-Time Continuum: Pros talk about rewriting prose

Cover of the July-September 2018 issue of Freelance. Here's my latest "Space-Time Continuum" column from the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild's newsletter Freelance... When I talk about writing (which I do, rather a lot), I’ll often say something like, “the most important part of writing is rewriting.” And I believe that’s true...but what rewriting means to an individual author varies. I’ve recently started a podcast, The Worldshapers, in which I chat with science fiction and fantasy authors about their creative process. One of my questions is always about revision: what do they do when they get to the end of the first draft?...

Posted by Edward Willett at 17:29, October 10th, 2018 under Blog, Columns, Science Fiction Columns, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Coming soon from Shadowpaw Press: One Lucky Devil

The next book from my new publishing company, Shadowpaw Press, through which I previously published my short-story collection Paths to the Stars, will be something quite different. One Lucky Devil: The First World War Memoirs of Sampson J. Goodfellow is the edited memoir of my grandfather-in-law, in whose former house I now live (having married his granddaughter, Margaret Anne Hodge, P.Eng. Sam wrote his memoirs late in life, probably in the early 1970s (he died in 1979). I posted them online here, unedited, about ten years ago, but with this being the centennial of the signing of the Armistice that ended the First ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 8:55, October 8th, 2018 under Blog, Books, Shadowpaw Press, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Two more great reviews for Paths to the Stars

Paths to the Stars, my collection of short stories, continues to get good reviews! Writing at The Future Fire, Lisa Timpf says: "Willett’s short story collection has much to offer. Between the pages of Paths to the Stars, readers will find both inner and outer journeys. Some of the characters find what they are hoping for, and are pleased by it. Others get what they thought they were looking for, but realize it’s not at all what they expected. We get to experience alien cultures and strange worlds, and witness strange happenings in our own world. For a speculative fiction collection, that hits ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 7:55, September 22nd, 2018 under Blog, Books, Shadowpaw Press, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Cave Beneath the Sea audiobook released

Cave Beneath the Sea, Book 4 in my Shards of Excalibur young-adult fantasy series, published in print by Coteau Books, is now available in audiobook format through Audible. Elizabeth Klett once again narrates, as she has for the previous three books in the series, and once again does a fabulous job. About the book: The fourth shard of Excalibur might come with a price Ariane doesn’t want to pay: her mother.   Seeking to recover the shards of King Arthur’s sword Excalibur before Rex Major (the ancient sorcerer Merlin in a modern-day guise), ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 6:53, September 22nd, 2018 under Audiobooks, Blog, Books | Comment now »

Five-star review for Paths to the Stars

Paths to the Stars, Published by Shadowpaw PressBuy an autographed copy directly from me!Shadowpaw Press | Amazon.comAmazon.ca | Chapters/Indigo | Barnes & Noble Just came across a great five-star review on Goodreads of Paths of the Stars, penned (pixelled?) by Toby Welch. Some excerpts: "In the interest of full disclosure, I’ve read Willett’s work before. I’ve enjoyed every novel of his that I’ve consumed and hoped that his latest work would reach the same high bar. It didn’t - it hurdled right over that bar and left it hanging..." "It’s a requirement of mine for science fiction works to push the boundaries ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 0:01, September 19th, 2018 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Worldshaper now available!

It's September 18, release day for my latest novel from DAW Books, Worldshaper. You can buy it any number of ways: Amazon U.S. | Amazon Canada | Indigo | Barnes & Noble | Penguin Random House |Indiebound | Powell’s You can also, of course buy an autographed copy from my online bookstore. Worldshaper starts off a new series called Worldshapers. The artwork is by Juliana Kolesova, who happens to also be from Canada--she works out of Toronto. Good reviews so far: "This rollicking secondary-world contemporary fantasy opens with a bang...(the characters) grapple with the ethics of changing ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 9:53, September 18th, 2018 under Blog | Comment now »