Category: Writing and Editing

Cover art and TOC for upcoming anthology featuring my story “Beneath the Pall”

One inspiration for the Kickstarter I just successfully ran to fund the Shapers of Worlds anthology was Zombies Need Brains LLC, a publishing company set up by my fellow DAW Books author Joshua Palmatier to publish original anthologies, all funded through Kickstarter. For the upcoming anthology My Battery is Low and it is Getting Dark, …

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Great new StoryBundle includes my first DAW novel, Lost in Translation

The new Bundoran Buddies Book Bundle II, curated by Bundoran Press publisher and editor Hayden Trenholm, is now available. It includes my first novel for DAW Books, Lost in Translation. (I’m definitely a Bundoran Buddy: Bundoran published my Peregrine Rising duology, Right to Know and Falcon’s Egg; Right to Know was part of an earlier …

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The Banana-Dragon: An improvised fantasy story

Last night I tried out Writers at the Improv, a long-running event in Calgary at ConVersion and more recently at When Words Collide, run there by the Imaginative Fiction Writers Association, as a Saskatoon Public Library event, part of my gig as Writer in Residence. When I did it in Regina while writer in residence, …

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FUNDED: a Kickstarter for an anthology of short fiction from some of today’s top science fiction and fantasy authors

My Kickstarter campaign to fund Shapers of Worlds, an anthology of short stories from some of the authors who were guests my Aurora Award-winning podcast, The Worldshapers, in its first year, was a great success, raising $15,700 CDN, well above the original goal of $13,500. As a result, the anthology is full-steam ahead, heading for an August …

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Master of the World shortlisted for Fiction Award, 2020 Saskatchewan Book Awards

The shortlist for this year’s Saskatchewan Book Awards, honoring the best books by Saskatchewan authors, was announced Friday, and I’m thrilled to be able to tell you that Master of the World, Book 2 in my Worldshapers series from DAW Books, has been shortlisted for the Fiction Award, sponsored by Muslims for Peace and Justice. This is the second year …

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A new seven-sentence short story

Last night, as part of my ongoing gig as writer-in-residence at the Saskatoon Public Library, I led a large group of writers through the Seven-Sentence Short Story exercise, created by science fiction and fantasy author (and former English teacher) James Van Pelt. I’ve used this as an exercise several times now in writing classes and …

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An interview with me from the Saskatchewan Writers Guild newsletter, Freelance

The latest issue of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild newsletter, Freelance, features this interview with me… What drove you to science fiction writing? Like most writers of science fiction and fantasy, I became interested in it because it was what I read. I have two older brothers, both of whom read in the genre, so those …

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First official description of The Moonlit World

Here’s the first official description of The Moonlit World (which I’m still in the process of writing, but this covers it nicely). The Moonlit World should be out in September 2020, shortly after Master of the World comes out in mass-market paperback. Of course, you should start with Book 1, Worldshaper. Fresh from their adventures …

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Cover art and title reveal for Worldshapers Book 3: The Moonlit World

In the past week both the title and the cover have been finalized for Book 3 of the Worldshapers series. Book 3, which takes place in a world of werewolves and vampires (and also normal humans) will be called The Moonlit World. And here’s the cover! Book 1, of course, was Worldshaper and Book 3 …

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Watch me sing three songs at my writer-in-residence reception

I’m well into my term as writer-in-residence at the Saskatoon Public Library. For my official welcoming reception on October 8, I of course read and talked about being writer-in-residence–but I also sang three songs, accompanied by Deborah Buck: “Me” from Beauty and the Beast, “In a Very Unusual Way” from Nine, and “I Sit Beside …

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Some recent interviews and reviews

There have been several recent interviews with me, and some nice new reviews of Master of the World. Follow the links! I read a sample from Master of the World on the Sample Chapter podcast Lisa Timpf reviews Master of the World on The Future Fire Way Too Fantasy gives Master of the World 4/5 stars Christie Stratos interviews me for The Writers Showcase videocast …

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Booklist calls Master of the World “highly amusing…fun…great”!

Hard on the heels of a great Publishers Weekly review for Master of the World, Book 2 of my Worldshapers series for DAW Books, comes another terrific review, this one from Booklist: Reviewer Emily Whitmore writes: “Watching Shawna navigate and understand the Verne world is highly amusing and fun for readers familiar with his oeuvre. …

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