Author Spotlight: Edward Willett
We are pleased to feature Edward Willett, the Canadian award-winning science fiction author at Pandora’s Box Gazette today. He is celebrating the release of his new poetry book, I Tumble Through the Diamond Dust. This compilation of twenty-one fantastical poems has been beautifully illustrated by his niece, artist Wendi Nordell.
It is interesting to note that Ms. Nordell’s uncle preferred to allow her to interpret his poems in illustrations rather than provide her with clues to how he envisioned the storylines of the poems. Also interesting, is the birth of this book of poetry.
During Poetry Month in April 2016, the former poet laureate of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild, Gerald Hill issued a challenge. Hill emailed two lines of poetry from published work written by Saskatchewan poets to all the members of the guild every weekday that month. Hill challenged the members to conceive new work by reacting to those lines or incorporating them in their own work. This resulted in twenty-one poems that Willett wrote throughout this time period.
About the Book
I Tumble Through the Diamond Dust
Within the pages of I Tumble Through the Diamond Dust lie twenty-one poems…and twenty-one worlds: worlds in the farthest reaches of space, worlds steeped in myth and legend, worlds that never were, and worlds that yet could be.
This book is written by award-winning science fiction and fantasy author Edward Willett, and beautifully illustrated by Alberta artist Wendi Nordell. Every poem tells a story. Some are frightening. Some are funny. Some are poignant, some surreal. Enter a realm of unfettered imagination…and embrace the fantastical.
About the Author
Edward Willett is the award-winning author of more than sixty books of fantasy, science fiction, and non-fiction for all ages. He won Canada’s top science fiction award, the Aurora Award, for Best Long-Form Work in English in 2009 for Marseguro (DAW Books); the sequel, Terra Insegura, was shortlisted for the same award. Other science fiction books from DAW include Lost in Translation, The Cityborn, and the upcoming Worldshaper (September 2018), which will launch a new series. He’s also the author of the fantasy novels Magebane (written as Lee Arthur Chane) and the Masks of Aygrima trilogy (written as E.C. Blake). Other titles include the five-book Shards of Excalibur series for Regina’s Coteau Books, and the young adult fantasy Spirit Singer, which won the Regina Book Award at the 2002 Saskatchewan Book Awards.
Ed began his career as a reporter, photographer, columnist, cartoonist, and eventually editor for the Weyburn Review, then spent five years as communications officer for the then-fledgling Saskatchewan Science Centre. He’s been a fulltime freelance writer (and actor and singer) for twenty-five years. His nonfiction runs the gamut from science books and biographies to local history. He lives in Regina with his wife, Margaret Anne Hodges, P.Eng., their teenaged daughter, Alice, and their black Siberian cat, Shadowpaw.”
About the Illustrator
Wendi Nordell currently lives in northern Alberta with her husband, two dogs, a cat, six chickens, and occasionally one or more of her three adult children.
Wendi has been drawing since she was a child: she claims to have never been bored as long as there was a pen or pencil and a blank surface to draw on. Her parents were always supportive of her artistic pursuits and even allowed murals to be created on bedroom walls in the family home when she was a teenager. She always has a sketchbook with her, and if she isn’t actively drawing or painting, she is thinking about it.
Wendi was thrilled when her uncle, Edward Willett, approached her about collaborating on this project. She shares a passion with her uncle for fictitious characters and events, and although this is her first time drawing science-fiction-based illustrations, she has found them very rewarding to create.
You can find Wendi online on Instagram (wendinordellart) and Facebook (Wendi Nordell Art).
Both Edward and Wendi are available for interviews, media appearances, speaking engagements, and/or book review requests. Please contact Mickey Mikkelson by email or by phone at 403.464.6925.