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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 »

Flames of Nevyana “a wonderful YA read”

The Flames of Nevyana blog tour continues with a review from Book Horde. "Great world-building, a fantasy feel with an SF twist, admirable characters, and the themes of courage and truth above all make Flames of Nevyana a wonderful YA read. I know my teen will really enjoy it." Read the whole thing! 

Posted by Edward Willett at 8:48, October 21st, 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 »

A mini-review of Flames of Nevyana

The Flames of Nevyana blog tour carries on. The first review (well, a kind of mini-review) how now appeared on Paula Johanson's blog. A few excerpts: It's always a treat to find a new book by Edward Willett. He's a Canadian writer who can be relied on to put narrative -- story, if you prefer -- before anything else... In a few images, Willett presents the differing communities of his protagonists, making these young people and their surroundings distinct and memorable... Anyone who can write with such immediacy about light, rain, and mystic discipline has my attention! Read the whole thing.

Posted by Edward Willett at 7:53, October 18th, 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 »

Flames of Nevyana has been released!

It's release day for my new YA fantasy novel, Flames of Nevyana, from Rebelight in Winnipeg. The paperback version is available for order now, with the ebook still to follow. Here's the synopsis: Blue Fire is both blessing and curse. A gift from the gods, its mystical light and energy powers and protects the land of Nevyana, but it also divides her people into three distinct groups. In the wrong hands, it becomes a formidable weapon. When sacred objects for channelling Blue Fire are stolen, sworn enemies Petra, Amlinn, and Jin set out to find them, and their paths converge on a collision course with the truth. Can ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 10:51, August 1st, 2016 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Flames of Nevyana has been printed!

It's not formally on sale yet, but as you can see, Flames of Nevyana, my new YA fantasy novel from Rebelight Publishing, has taken on corporeal form and exists in three-dimensional space, complete with length, width, volume, and mass. Also a really cool cover. Here's the description:        Blue Fire is both blessing and curse. A gift from the gods, its mystical light and energy powers and protects the land of Nevyana, but it also divides her people into three distinct groups. In the wrong hands, it becomes a formidable weapon. When sacred objects for channelling Blue Fire are stolen, sworn enemies Petra, Amlinn, and Jin set out to find them, and their paths ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 17:33, July 18th, 2016 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Read the first two chapters of Flames of Nevyana…also, it has a map!

Although I don't have a release date yet for Flames of Nevyana, it's getting close. Its page is now active on the Rebelight Publishing website, and to mark the impending release, I've posted the first two chapters of the novel here: read and enjoy! Here's the publisher's blurb: Blue Fire is both blessing and curse. A gift from the gods, its mystical light and energy powers and protects the land of Nevyana, but it also divides her people into three distinct groups. In the wrong hands, it becomes a formidable weapon. When sacred objects for channelling Blue Fire are stolen, sworn enemies Petra, Amlinn, and Jin set out ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 10:41, July 10th, 2016 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

How to write YA fantasy: more story, less pretentiousness

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 ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 9:55, June 11th, 2016 under Blog, Writing and Editing | 1 Comment »