Edward Willett

Edward Willett (E.C. Blake) is the author of more than 50 books of fiction and nonfiction for children, young adults and adults. Born in Silver City, NM, he moved to Saskatchewan from Texas with his family at age eight and now lives in Regina. He studied journalism in Arkansas, returning to Saskatchewan as a reporter for, and eventually news editor of, the weekly Weyburn Review. After five years as communications officer for the Saskatchewan Science Centre, he became a fulltime freelancer.  Willett’s nonfiction includes computer books, children’s science books and biographies (including biographies of J.R.R. Tolkien and Orson Scott Card), local history books, and, much to his own surprise, Genetics Demystified (McGraw Hill). His first YA fantasy appeared in 1997. In 2002 he won the Regina Book Award for his YA fantasy Spirit Singer, recently re-released by Tyche Books. In 2006 he became a DAW author with the release of his science fiction novel Lost in Translation. His second SF novel, Marseguro, won the 2009 Aurora Award for best Canadian science fiction novel; sequel Terra Insegura was shortlisted the following year. As Lee Arthur Chane, he wrote the fantasy/steampunk epic Magebane, and now as E.C. Blake he is two books into the Masks of Aygrima trilogy for DAW, which began with Masks in 2013, continued with Shadows this summer, and concludes with Faces next July. Faces is one of five novels Willett will see released in 2015, along with the third and fourth books in YA fantasy series The Shards of Excalibur for literary publisher Coteau Books; Falcon’s Egg, an SF novel for Ottawa’s Bundoran Press; and Blue Fire, a YA fantasy from new Canadian publisher Rebelight. Willett is married to Margaret Anne Hodges, a telecommunications engineer, and has a teenaged daughter.