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Edward Willett


  • Edward Willett is the award-winning author of more than 60 books of science fiction, fantasy, and non-fiction for children, young adults, and adults. Born in Silver City, New Mexico, he 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.

    Ed's latest novel is The Cityborn, his eighth from DAW Books in New York. Recent young adult books include fantasy Flames of Nevyana from Winnipeg's Rebelight Books and the five-book, Saskatchewan-based Shards of Excalibur YA fantasy series for Coteau Books (Song of the Sword, Twist of the Blade, Lake in the Clouds, Cave Beneath the Sea, and Door into Faerie. His previous novels for DAW Books include the fantasy trilogy The Masks of Agyrima, written as E.C. Blake, and ; the epic steampunkish fantasy Magebane, written as Lee Arthur Chane; 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. For Ottawa's Bundoran Press, he's written a science fiction duology, Peregrine Rising: Right to Know and its sequel, Falcon's Egg. 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. Ed's next book will be Worldshaper, start of a new series for DAW Books.

    Ed's nonfiction includes biographies of famous people like Andy Warhol and Johnny Cash, local history books (of Government House, the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Sasaktchewan, the Saskatchewan Mining Assocation, and the Saskatchewan Land Surveyors Association, for example), and science and computer books. Historic Walks of Regina and Moose Jaw (Red Deer Press) won a City of Regina Municipal Heritage Award.

    He's edited Windscript, the magazine of Saskatchewan teen writing, three times, as well as Grain Magazine and Spring Magazine; served as writer-in-residence at the Regina Public Library; taught the Sage Hill Teen Writing Experience three times, and taught classes in writing. He's also a professional actor and singer.

    He lives in Regina with his wife, Margaret Anne Hodges, P.Eng, teenaged daughter, Alice, and black Siberian cat, Shadowpaw.


  • 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)


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


  » 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.
  •, 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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