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Mar 31

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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Oct 03

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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Oct 03

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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Sep 04

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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Aug 04

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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Aug 01

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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Aug 01

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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Jul 03

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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Jul 03

Paperback of Faces out July 5!

The mass-market paperback of Faces releases July 5, which means you can now get the whole Masks of Aygrima trilogy in paperback. Which you should totally do. Here are the Amazon.com links for each book, for your convenience. Masks Shadows Faces  

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Feb 11

Two recent audio interviews

While I was Guest of Honour at Can-Con in Ottawa last October, I had two great audio interviews, one with Kevin Johns of Write-Along Radio, and one with Derek Newman-Stille of the great Speculating Canada website. To be sure, both were in my persona as Edward Willett more than E.C. Blake, but (if you haven’t …

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