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Edward Willett
Regina

306-569-0294 (home and work)

ewillett@sasktel.net
www.edwardwillett.com
 

Bio

  • Edward Willett, who now lives in Regina, was born in New Mexico, moved to Saskatchewan from Texas as a child, and grew up in Weyburn, where he began his career as a newspaper reporter/photographer, and eventually editor, of the Weyburn Review. He's the author of more than 40 books for children, young adults and adults.

    Ed's newest novel is the YA/adult crossover fantasy Masks, published by DAW Books in New York, written under the pseudonym E.C. Blake. It's the first book in a series that will continue with Shadows in August 2014 and Faces in April 2015. Previous novels published by DAW are the epic steampunkish fantasy Magebane, written as E.C. Blake, and three adult science fiction novels, Lost in Translation, Marseguro (winner of the Aurora Award for best Canadian science fiction novel in 2009) and Terra Insegura, shortlisted for the same award in 2010 (the latter two were also published in an omnibus edition called The Helix War. 2014 will see the launch of Ed's YA fantasy series (set largely in Regina) The Shards of Excalibur by Coteau Books. The first book, Song of the Sword, will be released in May, with the second, Twist of the Blade, coming out in the fall. In addition to Shadows, August 2014 will see the release of a sequel to Ed's 2013 science fiction novel Right to Know, published by Bundoran Press. Ed's YA fantasy Spirit Singer, which won the Regina Book Award at the 2002 Saskatchewan Book Awards, was recently re-issued by Tyche Books. He has several other YA fantasy and science fiction books available as well.

    Ed also writes nonfiction for both adults and children. His book Historic Walks of Regina and Moose Jaw (Red Deer Press) won a City of Regina Municipal Heritage Award in the Education category. He's written histories of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Sasaktchewan and the Saskatchewan Land Surveyors Association, biographies of Andy Warhol, Johnny Cash, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Orson Scott Card and J.R.r. Tolkien, and numerous other books on science, history and more.

    Ed is also a playwright and a director, actor and singer, both professionally (he's appeared at both Globe and Persephone Theatres, among others) and just for fun, particularly with Regina Lyric Musical Theatre. He's married and has one daughter.

Genres

  • Electronic Media » Blogs, Websites
  • Fiction » Children's Writing—Young Adult, Speculative—Fantasy, Speculative—Science Fiction, Speculative—Supernatural
  • Non-Fiction » Biography, History—Local, History—Period, History—Regional, Journalism, Natural History, Technical

Professional Services

  • Business/Corporate/Government Writing » Annual Reports, Brochures, Manuals
  • Editing » Copyediting
  • Media/Public Relations » Media Releases, Public Service Announcements (PSA)

Publications

  • Andy Warhol: Everyone Will Be Famous for 15 Minutes. Enslow Publishers, 2010
  • Land Surveying in Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan Land Surveyors Association, 2010
  • Johnny Cash: The Man in Black. Enslow Publishers, 2010
  • The Song of the Sword. Lobster Press, 2010
  • Magebane. DAW Books, 2010
  • Disease-Hunting Scientist. Enslow Publishers, 2009
  • Terra Insegura. DAW Books, 2009
  • The Bounty Mutiny. Enslow Publishers, 2009
  • Marseguro. DAW Books, 2008
  • Janis Joplin: Take Another Little Piece of My Heart. Enslow Publishers, 2008
  • Incredibly Disgusting Drugs: Speed. Rosen Publishing, 2008
  • A Safe and Prosperous Future. Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientist of Saskatchewan, 2008
  • Historic Walks of Regina and Moose Jaw. Red Deer Press, 2008
  • Frequently Asked Questions About Exercise Addiction. Rosen Publishing, 2008
  • Neon. Rosen Publishing, 2007
  • Negative Body Image. Rosen Publishing, 2007
  • Magnesium. Rosen Publishing, 2007
  • Jimi Hendrix: Kiss the Sky. Enslow Publishers, 2006
  • Orson Scott Card: Architect of Alternate Worlds. Enslow Publishers, 2006
  • Fires and Wildfires: A Practical Survival Guide. Rosen Publishing, 2006
  • Lost in Translation. DAW Books, 2006
  • Genetics Demystified. McGraw-Hill, 2005
  • The Basics of Quantum Physics: Understanding Line Spectra and the Photoelectric Effect. Rosen Publishing, 2004
  • The Iran-Iraq War. Rosen Publishing, 2004
  • J.R.R. Tolkien: Master of Imaginary Worlds. Enslow Publishers, 2004
  • Skateboarding: Techniques and Tricks. Rosen Publishing, 2003
  • Ayatollah Khomeini. Rosen Publishing, 2003
  • Rock Sport Climbing: Techniques and Tricks. Rosen Publishing, 2003
  • Ebola Virus. Enslow Publishers, 2003
  • Alzheimer's Disease. Enslow Publishers, 2002
  • Your Official America Online Guide to Internet Safety. Wiley, 2002
  • Hemophilia. Enslow Publishers, 2001
  • Spirit Singer. Awe-Struck, 2001
  • Careers in Outer Space. Rosen Publishers, 2001
  • Your Official America Online Guide to Creating Web Pages. Wiley, 2000
  • Arthritis. Enslow Publishers, 2000
  • AOL's Picture This: Fun and Easy Photo Projects. America Online, 1999
  • Meningitis. Enslow Publishers, 1999
  • Andy Nebula: Interstellar Rock Star. Roussan Publishers, 1999
  • Comets, Stardust & Supernovas. Raintree/Steck Vaughan, 1999
  • America Online's Creating Cool Web Pages. Hungry Minds, 1998
  • The Dark Unicorn. Royal Fireworks Press, 1998
  • Soulworm. Royal Fireworks Press, 1997
  • Using Microsoft Publisher for Windows 97. QUE, 1997
  • Using Microsoft Publisher for Windows 95. QUE, 1995

Periodicals

  » Literary Journal
  • Artemis
  • On Spec
  • The Book of Dark Wisdom
  » Newspaper, Magazine, & Trade Journal
  • Fine Lifestyles Regina
  • Fine Lifestyles Saskatoon
  • Red Deer Advocate
  • Regina Leader Post
  • St. John's Evening Telegram
  • Western Producer
  • Weyburn Review

Broadcast Works

  • Things I Found in My Mother-in-Law's House, CBC, 2008
    • Six-week series looking at interesting artifacts found in my mother-in-law's house.
  • Radio Dell'Arte, CJTR, 2004-2006
    • Host of arts program on CJTR community radio.
  • Net.talk, Access Communications, 1998-2007
    • Host of phone-in computer show on Access Communications.
  • Science Column, CBC, 1990-2007
    • Weekly science column on CBC's Afternoon Edition with Colin Grewar
  • Surfing the Web, CBC, 0000-2008
    • Series looking at interesting sites on the Web, for CBC's Afternoon Edition.

Workshops Offered

  • Writing Speculative Fiction
    • Group Size:
      • 4-18
      A workshop of flexible length introducing writers to the special challenges and rewards of writing science fiction and fantasy, with an emphasis on idea generation and technique, plus solid information on markets, publishers...and pitfalls. Can be tailored for either young writers or adults.

Audience Age Groups

    • Adults
    • Secondary School (10-12)
    • Middle School (6-9)
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