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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 trait is most noticeable about you?

A. I have no idea. My hair? It's usually quite big, because I keep forgetting to have it cut. I look like the freakish son of Tom Hanks and David Hasselhoff.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Meeting my wife.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Self-recrimination and low self-esteem.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Steerpike. (Also hero.)

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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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