Edward Willett

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About Edward Willett

I write. It's what I do. Fiction, non-fiction, novels, short stories, plays, magazine articles...anything and everything. I've been a professional, full-time freelance writer for almost (gulp) a quarter of a century. Check out my website,  edwardwillett.com, and you'll see what that has meant. I'm the author, in fact, of more than 60 books of both fiction and non-fiction for children, young adults, and adults.

But even though I started my career as a journalist, and a lot of my bread-and-butter writing is non-fiction, my true love has always been writing science fiction and fantasy. It all started with my first short story, "Kastra Glazz: Hypership Test Pilot," when I was 11. I never looked back. I wrote a novel a year in high school. I kept writing in university and as I began working as a newspaper reporter/editor for the Weyburn Review, and then communications officer for the Saskatchewan Science Centre. It took a while, and a lot of perseverance, but eventually I started getting books published.

Now I can proudly say I'm the author of some 20 novels for a variety of publishers. I'm thrilled to have published eight novels with  DAW Books, one of the premier science fiction and fantasy publishers in the world. I won the Aurora Award for best Canadian science fiction Long-Form Work in English in 2009 for my second book for DAW, Marseguro. (The sequel, Terra Insegura, was shortlisted for an Aurora Award, as well.)

My most recent title is The Cityborn, a stand-alone science fiction novel which came out in July 2017. As Lee Arthur Chane, I wrote Magebane for DAW (It received a starred review in Publishers Weekly), and as E.C. Blake, I wrote the Masks of Aygrima trilogy. I've already sold two novels to start off a new series, Worldshapers, with the first due out in September 2018. 

But I've also had books from many smaller publishers.  Coteau Books here in my home town of Regina, Saskatchewan, published my five-book young adult fantasy series The Shards of Excalibur, two of which were finalists for the Aurora Award for Best Young Adult Fiction. Rebelight Books in Winnipeg published my YA fantasy Flames of Nevyana. Bundoran Press in Ottawa published a science fiction duology, Right to Know and Falcon's Egg.

I've told a lot of stories, but there are so many other stories I want to tell, so many other worlds I want to create, so many other characters I want to bring to life to entertain and enthrall readers like you. That is, after all, why I began writing--because I wanted to thrill readers with my words just like my favourite authors--people like Robert A. Heinleim, C.S. Lewis, Andre Norton, Arthur Ransome, J.R.R. Tolkien, Ray Bradbury, and Arthur C. Clarke--thrilled me.

That's where Patreon comes in. I'm always trying to carve out more time to write fiction, as opposed to the many and varied writing and editing tasks I take on to pay the bills. Every little bit through Patreon will mean a little bit more time I can spend on the fantastical storytelling that I love the most.

As a Patron, you get to come along for the ride as I create...whatever it is I'm going to create next. (And if I reach my $500/month goal, you'll even get to vote on what that will be!) There are things in the works you'll get an early look at. There are things I haven't even thought of yet. I can't promise you exactly what you'll see, but there is one thing I can promise you:

It'll be fun!

Thanks so much for your support!

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When I reach this level (hey, a guy can dream), I'll present a selection of story ideas to all Patrons at the $6 level or above, and write the novel they select. (But to be fair, Patron votes will be weighted based on their level of support. And one other caveat: if I get a patron at the Medici Level, $500 a month all by him/herself, that doesn't count toward this goal. He or she will get to pick a novel idea for me to complete, all by him/herself.) It might be published traditionally, I might self-publish it, but either way, all those Patrons will get a copy...and their names in the acknowledgements.
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