Nick Lake

Nick Lake is 29 years old and a children's book editor at HarperCollins. He lives in London with his English teacher wife, Hannah. This is his first novel.
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My Life in 8 Words

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. To paraphrase the existentialists - life is what you make it. Which amounts to a practical kind of karma, I suppose.

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. Hmmm. "Beat It"; "Here, There and Everywhere" by the Beatles; "U-Mass" by the Pixies; "Heartbeat" by Annie and "Etched Headplate" by Burial

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Sally Lockhart.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. Self-recrimination and low self-esteem - they're unparalleled for giving a person drive.

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. I'd like to meet Shakespeare and I'd ask him how to write better.

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December 04, 2009

Absolutely no one at all has asked me who would win in a fight between Taro, the vampire ninja hero of BLOOD NINJA, and Edward, from those obscure, hard-to-find books by Stephenie Meyer. Which is a shame, because I could answer them very simply: Taro would win. Why? Dude is a NINJA. As we all know, thanks to the mine of valuable information that is the internet, a ninja can whale on anyone's *ss. Even a pirate's. And yes, even Edward's. ESPECIALLY Edward's. Even if Taro wasn't a vampire, he'd win. Has Edward got throwing stars? No. But of course, as BLOOD NINJA teaches us, all ninjas are actually vampires - that's why they sneak around at night, and why... see more

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