Edward Willett, founder and publisher of Endless Sky Books, is the award-winning author of more than sixty books of science fiction, fantasy, and nonfiction for readers of all ages. His main publisher is New York’s DAW Books, one of the premiere publishers of science fiction and fantasy in the world. He has won Canada’s Aurora Award English (for Marseguro [DAW]) and a Saskatchewan Book Award (for Spirit Singer [Shadowpaw Press] and has been short-listed for Aurora and Saskatchewan Book Awards multiple times. He has also long-listed for the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic and won a City of Regina Municipal Heritage Award for his book Historic Walks of Regina and Moose Jaw.
Ed began his career as a newspaper reporter and editor in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, before moving to Regina as a communications officer for the Saskatchewan Science Centre. He has been a full-time freelance writer and editor for thirty years. He is a past president of SF Canada, a former board member of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild, and is currently vice-president of SaskBooks, the association of Saskatchewan publishing companies.
In 2018, Ed founded Shadowpaw Press, a traditional publishing company, and has since published numerous books, both new work by new and established authors, and new editions of notable, previously published work. Endless Sky Books is an entirely separate venture, designed to serve writers interested in a hybrid rather than traditional approach or looking for assistance in self-publishing.
In addition to writing and publishing, Ed hosts the Aurora Award-winning podcast The Worldshapers, which features conversations with science fiction and fantasy authors about the creative process. Through Shadowpaw Press he has successfully edited and published three anthologies in the Shapers of Worlds series featuring guests of the podcast, including many bestselling and award-winning authors. All three anthologies were successfully Kickstarted.
Ed is also a professional actor and singer who has appeared in numerous plays, musicals, and operas over the years, as well as sung with many high-level choirs, including the Canadian Chamber Choir and the Prairie Chamber Choir. He currently sings with Wascana Voices.
He lives in Regina, Saskatchewan, with his wife, Margaret Anne Hodges, P.Eng., a past president of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan. They have a college-age daughter and a much younger black Siberian cat, Shadowpaw.