Nick Lake

Nick Lake is a children’s book editor at Harper UK. He received his degree in English from Oxford University. The Blood Ninja trilogy was inspired by his interest in the Far East, and by the fact that he is secretly a vampire ninja himself. Nick lives with his wife and daughter in England.
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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 most overused words or phrases?

A. "Apparently".

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. A fire, a good chair and a new Stephen King book. Or the moment the soundchecks finish and the band take to the stage. Or sunset on the mountains, with weary feet, and the lights of a pub ahead. Or the sound of a breakbeat. Or a very sweet tea, anywhere in the middle east, at any time of day.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Steerpike. (Also hero.)

Q. What’s your best quality?

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

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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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