Education

  • A. in Journalism, Magna Cum Laude, Harding University, Searcy, AR

Professional Experience

Reporter/News Editor,Weyburn (Saskatchewan) Review, 1980-1984

  • Writing and photography, general news, features, weekly humor column
  • As news editor, oversaw staff of three reporters, copy-edited all news copy

Communications officer, Saskatchewan Science Centre, Regina, 1988-1993

  • Researched and wrote copy for hands-on science exhibits
  • Wrote advertising copy, news releases, video & radio scripts, etc.
  • Wrote, edited and designed bi-monthly newsletter, Kaleidoscope

Freelance writer/editor, 1993-present

Selected experience:

  • Weekly science column in the Regina Sun, Regina Leader Post and other newspapersfor 19 years
  • Regular science spot on CBC Radio One Saskatchewan’s Afternoon Editionwith Colin Grewar for 17 years
  • Bi-weekly column on the World Wide Web, CBC Radio One Saskatchewan’s Afternoon Edition
  • Regular science guest for years on CBC TV’s national program What on Earth
  • Scriptwriting (Western Outlander, a 13-part wildlife TV series; a variety of other programs), radio and TV ads; Cyberbia segment of CBC-TV series Utopia Cafe
  • Research and writing for new exhibits at the Saskatchewan Science Centre
  • Research and writing for First World War exhibits at Saskatchewan Legislative Building
  • Research and writing for exhibits at various historical sites around Saskatchewan
  • Narration for Regina Symphony Orchestra concerts
  • Six months (contract), head of advertising creative writing, Regina Leader Post
  • Four months (contract), public affairs officer, City of Regina
  • Host (ten years) of Access Communications live phone-in show talk
  • Host for a couple of years of CJTR arts program
  • Writer, Annual Report of the Chief Electoral Officer, 2013
  • Instructor, Sage Hill Teen Writing Experience (Regina), 2005-2007
  • Instructor, Writing Speculative Fiction, University of Regina Business Education Centre, 2010
  • Editor, Fine Lifestyles Reginaand Fine Lifestyles Saskatoon, several issues
  • Evaluator, Saskatchewan Writers Guild manuscript evaluation service, numerous manuscripts
  • Writer in Residence, Regina Public Library, 2011-2012
  • Editor, Windscript, three issues
  • Guest Editor, Grain Magazine, two issues; Associate Fiction Editor, two issues
  • Fiction Editor, Spring Magazine, January 2015
  • Freelance editor, assorted book manuscripts, FriesenPress
  • Mentor, Saskatchewan Writers Guild mentorship program, 2017
  • Numerous short stories published in science fiction magazines

Adult novels:

  • Lost in Translation(hardcover from Gale Group/Five Star Speculative Fiction, mass-market paperbackfrom DAW Books)
  • Marseguro(DAW Books)
  • Terra Insegura(DAW Books)
  • Magebane(DAW Books), written as Lee Arthur Chane
  • Right to Know(Bundoran Press)
  • Masks(DAW Books), written as E.C. Blake
  • Shadows(DAW Books), written as E.C. Blake
  • Faces(DAW Books), written as E.C. Blake
  • Falcon’s Egg(Bundoran Press)
  • The Cityborn (DAW Books)
  • Worldshaper(DAW Books, September 2018)

Young adult novels:

  • Soulworm(Royal Fireworks Press)
  • The Dark Unicorn(Royal Fireworks Press)
  • Andy Nebula: Interstellar Rock Star(Roussan Publishers)
  • Andy Nebula: Double Trouble (self-published)
  • Spirit Singer(Awe-Struck E-Books, reissued by Tyche Books)
  • The Chosen (CreateSpace)
  • The Haunted Horn(CreateSpace)
  • Song of the Sword(Coteau Books)
  • Twist of the Blade(Coteau Books)
  • Lake in the Clouds(Coteau Books)
  • Cave Beneath the Sea(Coteau Books)
  • Door into Faerie(Coteau Books)
  • Flames of Nevyana (Rebelight Books)

Children’s picture books: 

  • The Adventures of Michael and Mia: Stewards of the Land(Agriculture in the Classroom Saskatchewan, illustrated by Val Lawton); 35,000 copies distributed to children Canada-wide for Canadian Agricultural Literacy Week 2015

Adult non-fiction books:

  • Genetics Demystified(McGraw-Hill)
  • A Safe and Prosperous Future:100 Years of Engineering and Geoscience Achievements in Saskatchewan(Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan)
  • Historic Walks of Regina and Moose Jaw(Red Deer Press)
  • Land Surveying in Saskatchewan: Laying the Groundwork for Property Rights and Development(Saskatchewan Land Surveyors Association)
  • Fertile Ground, 50th anniversary book of the Saskatchewan Mining Association
  • Numerous computer books

Children’s/Young Adult science books:

  • What is the Milky Way?(Rosen Publishing)
  • Disease-Hunting Scientist (Enslow Publishers)
  • Neon(Rosen Publishing)
  • Magnesium(Rosen Publishing)
  • The Basics of Quantum Physics: Understanding The Photovoltaic Effect and Line Spectra(Rosen Publishing)
  • Meningitis(Enslow Publishers)
  • Arthritis(Enslow Publishers)
  • Hemophilia(Enslow Publishers)
  • Alzheimer’s Disease(Enslow Publishers)
  • Ebola Virus (Enslow Publishers)
  • Careers in Outer Space: New Business Opportunities (Rosen Publishing)
  • Comets, Stardust & Supernovas: The Science of Space(Raintree/Steck Vaughan)

Children’s/Young Adult biographies:

  • R. R. Tolkien: Master of Imaginary Worlds(Enslow Publishers), VOYA
  • Ayatollah Khomeini(Rosen Publishing)
  • Orson Scott Card: Architect of Alternate Worlds(Enslow Publishers)
  • Jimi Hendrix: Kiss the Sky(Enslow Publishers)
  • Janis Joplin: Take Another Little Piece of My Heart(Enslow Publishers)
  • Andy Warhol(Enslow Publishers)
  • Johnny Cash(Enslow Publishers)
  • Kiera Cass (Rosen Publishing)

Children’s miscellaneous nonfiction:

  • The Library of Emergency Preparedness: Fires and Wildfires (Rosen Publishing)
  • Skateboarding (Rosen Publishing)
  • Rock Climbing (Rosen Publishing)
  • The Iran-Iraq War (Rosen Publishing)
  • Career Building Using Digital Design Tools(Rosen Publishing)
  • Becoming a Mason (Rosen Publishing)

Awards

  • 2009 Aurora Award for best Canadian science fiction or fantasy novel for Marseguro
  • Regina Book Award for best book by a Regina writer at the 2002 Saskatchewan Book Awards for Spirit Singer
  • Ebola Virusnamed one of 2004′s Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 by The National Science Teachers Association & The Children’s Book Council
  • Regina Municipal Heritage Award for Historic Walks of Regina and Moose Jaw
  • Masksshortlisted for the Regina Book Award and Young Adult Literature Award, 2015 Saskatchewan Book Awards
  • Terra Insegurashortlisted for 2010 Aurora Award
  • Twist of the Blade shortlisted for 2015 Aurora Award
  • Door into Faerie shortlisted for 2017 Aurora Award
  • Soulwormshortlisted for the 1997 Brenda MacDonald Riches First Book Award, Saskatchewan Book Awards
  • The Dark Unicornshortlisted for 1999 Saskatchewan Book Award for children’s literature
  • Magebaneshortlisted for the 2012 Regina Book Award, Saskatchewan Book Awards
  • Andy Nebula: Interstellar Rock Starnominated for 2001 Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award & named to Canadian Children’s Book Centres’ Our Choice list
  • Short story “Je Me Souviens” (Artemis, Summer 2002) received an honorable mention in The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Twentieth Annual Collection, edited by Gardner Dozois
  • J.R.R. Tolkien: Master of Imaginary Worldsshortlisted for 2004 Saskatchewan Book Award for children’s literatureand named to the VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates) 10th annual nonfiction Honor List.