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A list of recent interviews

I haven’t been very good about posting links to the various interviews and other publicity I’ve had recently (more as Edward Willett than as E.C. Blake, but it’s all one and the same). Here, let me remedy that! Interview with McKensie Stewart, The Writer’s Edge, Fisbhowl internet radio network Interview with Kelly Charron From Black …

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New illustrated collection of science fiction/fantasy poetry released

I Tumble through the Diamond Dust, my new collection of fantastical (science fiction, fantasy, and horror) poems, illustrated by Alberta artist Wendi Nordell (my talented niece), is now available in both print and ebook formats! Buy it from Amazon.ca, Amazon.com, Kobo, or the Apple store in ebook format, or in print through Chapters/Indigo or the …

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Cover art reveal: my next DAW novel, Worldshaper

Amazon U.S. | Amazon Canada | Indigo | Barnes & Noble | Penguin Random House Worldshaper (written as Edward Willett) will be my ninth novel for DAW Books, coming out September 18 in hardcover and ebook. It’s the start of a new series called Worldshapers. The artwork is by Juliana Kolesova, who happens to also be …

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My latest column: Pulp Fiction

This is my latest column from the Saskatchewan Writers Guild magazine Freelance, with extra graphics! Mention “pulp fiction” these days and most people probably think of the 1994 Quentin Tarintino movie. But of course the movie’s title referenced something much earlier: fiction literally published on pulp—cheap paper made directly from wood-pulp. Pulp paper quickly turns …

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My latest novel is science fiction: The Cityborn

My latest novel (my eighth from DAW Books) is The Cityborn, a stand-alone science fiction tale. What’s it about? Glad you asked! Herewith, the blurb, followed by some very nice reviews, and a link to sample chapters and buying opportunities. Two young individuals must uncover the dark secrets of their stratified city in this suspenseful …

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My editor wins a Hugo, and other notes from my summer vacation

It’s been a while since my last post. Lots to tell you about, but let’s start with the most important: my wonderful editor (and publisher), Sheila E. Gilbert of DAW Books, received the Hugo Award for Best Editor (Long-Form) at this year’s World Science Fiction Convention in Kansas City–and as you can see, I was …

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My WorldCon schedule

I’m looking forward to being in Kansas City in a couple of weeks for the World Science Fiction Convention. I’ve got my complete schedule now: if you’re attending, hope to see you there! (I’ll be in my Edward Willett guise, not my E.C. Blake one.) New Trends in Young Adult Novels Thursday 12:00 – 13:00, 2503A …

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My latest young adult fantasy: Flames of Nevyana

if you enjoyed the Masks of Aygrima trilogy, you’d probably also enjoy my latest YA fantasy novel (written as Edward Willett), Flames of Nevyana, from Rebelight in Winnipeg. 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 …

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How to Write Young Adult Fantasy: More Story, Less Pretentiousness

A little while ago 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). This is more or less what I said. I didn’t start out as a writer. Like most writers, I started out as a reader. My parents …

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My other YA fantasy series: The Shards of Excalibur

Mara isn’t the only 15-year-old fantasy heroine I’ve written about: there’s also Ariane Forsythe, heir to the power of the Lady of the Lake from King Arthur legend, who with her slightly younger friend Wally Knight, who has his own surprising heritage, must magically travel the world trying to recover the five shards of Arthur’s …

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