Category: Writing and Editing

Star Song and The Worldshapers shortlisted for Aurora Awards

I’m pleased to announce that I’m a finalist for two Aurora Awards this year. Star Song is a finalist for the Best Young Adult Novel Award, while my podcast, The Worldshapers, is a finalist, for the third time in four years, for Best Fan Related Work. It won the award in 2019. This is the …

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Kickstarter for Shapers of Worlds Volume III succeeded!

Each of the past two years I’ve successfully Kickstarted an anthology featuring authors who were guests of my Aurora Award-winning podcast, The Worldshapers, where I talk to other science fiction and fantasy authors about the creative process (check out the sidebar for the most recent episodes). Well, I did it again! The Kickstarter for the …

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Shadowpaw Press Reprise open for submissions of previously published work

But even before that, I’m open to submissions for Shadowpaw Press’s Reprise imprint of rights-reverted, previously published books by authors who (like me) may have had novels or nonfiction orphaned by the collapse of one or more publishers, and would be interested in new ebook and print-on-demand editions, to keep the work alive in the …

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Read the introduction to Shapers of Worlds Volume II

With Shapers of Worlds Volume II, the second anthology I’ve Kickstarted that features guests from my Aurora Award-winning podcast The Worldshapers, now available everywhere, I thought you might enjoy reading the introduction I wrote for it. Again, Shapers of Worlds Volume II features brand-new stories from Kelley Armstrong, Marie Brennan, Garth Nix, Candas Jane Dorsey, …

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Now available: Shapers of Worlds Volume II

Shapers of Worlds Volume II, the anthology I Kickstarted earlier this year featuring short fiction by authors who were guests during the second year of my Aurora Award-winning podcast, The Worldshapers, is now available pretty much everywhere, in ebook, trade paperback, and hardcover. Use this handy universal URL, or order directly from Shadowpaw Press, which …

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Read the first two chapters of my new YA science fiction novel Star Song

Available directly from Shadowpaw Press or get it now from your favorite vendor! Read the first two chapters My newest novel is a young adult science fiction adventure in the style of Robert A. Heinlein and Andre Norton, published by Shadowpaw Press. Let me take you back in time . . . It’s October 1985. I’m 26 years …

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Blue Fire praised by reviewers: “triumph of invention,” “thoroughly enjoyable,” “delightful YA fantasy”

Two new reviews of Blue Fire, my stand-along young-adult fantasy penned as E.C. Blake and published by Shadowpaw Press, came along within twenty-four hours of each other this week, and both were very positive! Aurealis Magazine is a long-running Australian science-fiction magazine. Writing in Issue #141, reviewer Clare Rhoden says, in part: “This novel reads …

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The Moonlit World shortlisted for Saskatchewan Book Award

The Moonlit World, Book 3 in my Worldshapers series from DAW Books, has been shortlisted for the Regina Book Award, for best book by a Regina author, in this year’s Saskatchewan Book Awards. From the judges: “Sustained excellence! Willett hits it out of the park with witty Shawna Keys and a fabulously entertaining cast of …

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Funded and coming soon: Shapers of Worlds Volume II

The Kickstarter to fund Shapers of Worlds Volume II, a new anthology featuring writers who were guests during the second year of my podcast, The Worldshapers, has successfully funded, raising a total of CA $16,862, 112% of the goal of $15,000. When it’s published this fall by Shadowpaw Press, Shapers of Worlds Volume II will feature new …

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Read a story I wrote when I was 20

Way back when I was in my last semester at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, in the fall of 1979, a friend of mine, Rick Hamill, spearheaded a literary magazine which ended up being called …and a story, the name deriving from the fact it was all poetry except for one short story–mine. I’ve had that little magazine …

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New releases: Right to Know and Falcon’s Egg (the Peregrine Rising space-opera duology)

Right to Know and Falcon’s Egg, which collectively make up my Peregrine Rising space-opera duology, are now available in brand-new ebook editions from Shadowpaw Press for the low, low price of just $3.99 CDN ($2.99 US) each. Both were originally published by Bundoran Press (Right to Know in 2013 and Falcon’s Egg in 2015). The …

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New release: Blue Fire by E.C. Blake

Shadowpaw Press has just released the ebook of Blue Fire, a young adult fantasy written as by E.C. Blake. A print version will follow in a few weeks. Blue Fire is a revised edition of a novel originally released by the now-defunct Rebelight Publishing as Flames of Nevyana. Here are some purchase links, with more to …

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