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  • Wed, 23 Apr 2014 @ 10:36
    got this wrong in my WIP and @rebeccamcnal didn't like it and I think that's why - ending should've been in place we've visited before.
  • Wed, 23 Apr 2014 @ 10:34
    C.f. top of the skyscraper in Ghostbusters. When the thing to be defeated is INTERNAL, end location is often a return to a significant place
  • Wed, 23 Apr 2014 @ 10:32
    In stories where the thing to be defeated is external, the denouement often takes place in a new, visually striking locale.
  • Wed, 23 Apr 2014 @ 10:26
    This intersection of reading speed and narrative time is one of the most interesting facets of fiction, for me.
  • Wed, 23 Apr 2014 @ 10:25
    In the book I'm doing NOW the rules are different. Whole thing takes 4/5 months & days happen off-stage all the time, or squeeze into lines.

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Nick Lake is 29 years old and a children's book editor at HarperCollins. He lives in London with his English teacher wife, Hannah.


Nick Lake Q&A:

Previous occupations:
Student, and then book editor. Which I still am.

Favourite job:
Being a book editor. No one told me at school that there was a job where you got paid for being a fan of writers and writing.
   

High school and/or college:

I went to High School in Luxembourg, and I went to Oxford University after that for a degree and then a fairly pointless masters. In phonetics, of all things.
 

Name of your favourite composer or music artist?
The Pixies.
   
Favourite movie:
I usually lie and go for something clever like Vertigo. But really it's True Romance.
   
How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
I would use the word "busy" eight times.

What is your motto or maxim?
 
To paraphrase the existentialists - life is what you make it. Which amounts to a practical kind of karma, I suppose.

How would you describe perfect happiness?
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.

What’s your greatest fear?
 Not being good.

 

Which living person do you most admire?
Haruki Murakami. Stephen King. Anyone who works for Medecins sans Frontieres or Amnesty International.

What are your most overused words or phrases?
 "Apparently".

If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
The abillity to play a musical instrument well. Also, the ability to speak all languages fluently.

What is your greatest achievement?
 Meeting my wife.

 

If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
I wouldn't mind being Simon Cowell. I could make The X-Factor go away. Not to mention R&B flavoured pop music.

What trait is most noticeable about you?
 
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.

Who is your favourite fictional hero?
 Sally Lockhart.

Who is your favourite fictional villain?
 
Steerpike. (Also hero.)

If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
I'd like to meet Shakespeare and I'd ask him how to write better.

 

What is your favourite occupation, when you’re not writing?
 
Reading? Actually probably sleeping, to be honest.

What’s your fantasy profession?
 Bestselling and universally admired author.

What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
 
Compassion. Empathy. Humour.

If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
Chocolate, in any form.

What are your 5 favourite songs?
Hmmm. "Beat It"; "Here, There and Everywhere" by the Beatles; "U-Mass" by the Pixies; "Heartbeat" by Annie and "Etched Headplate" by Burial

On Books and Writing:

Who are your favourite authors?
Haruki Murakami. Stephen King. Neil Gaiman. Margaret Atwood. Joan Didion. Ismail Kadare. Philip Reeve. Philip Pullman. Meg Rosoff.

What are your 5 favourite books of all time?   

Tough one. I guess... Middlemarch; Coraline; For Whom the Bell Tolls; the collected works of Shakespeare... and Little, Big, by John Crowley - the single most unfairly overlooked, beautiful, miraculous and magical book I know.

 

Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
I wouldn't presume to think of myself as someone anyone might look to for advice! But I suppose I'd tell them to read as much as possible, in as many genres as possible.

What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
"You're very... imaginative aren't you." I think they mean I'm strange.


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Hostage Three
Hostage Three
Nick Lake
Longlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2014 - January 2014 Book of the Month - Shortlisted for the Leeds Book Awards 2014, 14-16 age category    A menacing chill is never far below the surface in this gripping young adult novel....
Featured in: 14+ readers | Book Awards | Books for Boys | Books of the Month | Carnegie/Greenaway | eBooks
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/01/2014
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Hostage Three
Hostage Three
Nick Lake
****NOTE Suitable for 15+ only as some strong content    A menacing chill is never far below the surface in this gripping young adult novel. Amy is dealing with a host of problems when her father suddenly springs a trip of...
Featured in: 14+ readers | eBooks
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/01/2013
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In Darkness
In Darkness
Nick Lake
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2013 January 2013 Debut of the Month   Survival is at the heart of the criss-crossing stories in this powerful time slip novel set in Haiti. Shorty, fifteen and living in desperate poverty in Site Solay,...
Featured in: 14+ readers | Book Awards | eBooks
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/01/2013
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The Secret Ministry of Frost
The Secret Ministry of Frost
Nick Lake
Hugely dramatic, this is a fast-paced fantasy thriller based on stories from Inuit folklore. After her explorer father disappears in the Arctic, Light finds herself in serious danger as she is drawn into folk stories of her forbears. Supported by...
Featured in: 11+ readers | Debuts of the Month
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/03/2009
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