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Interviews

Jay Lake has been interviewed for most major genre magazines and Web sites, as well as stories in major papers such as The Sunday Oregonian, The Boston Globe, as well as alternative press such as Seattle’s The Stranger. To reach him for an interview, please email jlake@jlake.com and put the words “Interview Request” in the subject line. Interviews by email and telephone are welcome, as well as in-person interviews when availability permits.

Appearances

Jay Lake is available for bookstore signings, convention headliner slots, writing conferences, educational appearances, toastmaster work, public speaking and other functions. To reach him for an appearance, please email jlake@jlake.com and put the words “Appearance Request” in the subject line.

Currently scheduled appearances

Detailed Biography

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Jay Lake has been described as one of the rising stars of the science fiction and fantasy genre. Since first appearing on the scene in late 2001, he has seen over 300 short stories published, along with nine novels out, and more forthcoming. His work has received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Booklist, and significant recognition within the science fiction and fantasy field. He has won two of the most prestigious awards in science fiction and been nominated for numerous others.

Lake was born and raised overseas as the son of a United States diplomat. His childhood experiences in Asia, African and Europe have given him a wealth of cultural and geographical detail to draw from when creating exotic settings and strange situations. He has, after all, lived them. His professional career has been in advertising and marketing for the high technology field, which gives Lake a lifetime of exposure to technology issues and trends. Taken together, these go a long way to explaining his choice of writing fields.

Lake is a frequent guest at writing conferences and conventions, where his readings are well attended. He also workshops with newer writers, paying forward all the help and mentoring he has received and continues to benefit from. With his distinctive attire and quirky, improvisational humor, Lake is a familiar figure and a fan favorite all over the West Coast.

He also maintains a blog which has been ranked as a top 25 science fiction blog. There Lake talks about writing, photography, politics, his journey through cancer, his experiences as a parent, as well as posting travelogs of his trips to some unlikely destinations, such as a recent outing to a long-abandoned Titan I missile silo. Lake also regularly posts online reprints of his older work, and a biweekly podcast consisting of recorded readings, panels and interviews conducted during his travels.

Today Jay Lake lives in Portland, Oregon, where he works on multiple writing and editing projects. His 2012/2013 books include Kalimpura from Tor and Love in the Time of Metal and Flesh from Prime. His short fiction appears regularly in literary and genre markets worldwide. Jay is a winner of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and a multiple nominee for the Hugo and World Fantasy Awards. Jay can be reached through his Web site at www.jlake.com.

Author Photo

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Jay Lake in Flames

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Author photo of Jay Lake (c) 2006 M. Lake

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