Blake Nelson (born August 31, 1965) is an American author of adult and children's literature. He grew up in Portland, Oregon, and attended Wesleyan University and New York University. He lives in Hillsboro, Oregon, in the Portland metropolitan area.
Nelson began his career writing short humor pieces for Details magazine in the mid-nineties. These articles explored the slacker west coast lifestyle.
His first novel Girl was excerpted in Sassy magazine in three successive issues. The mail Sassy received in response was key to the eventual publication of Girl. Girl has since been published in eight foreign countries and made into a film of the same name. The novel was reissued as a young adult novel by Simon & Schuster young adult imprint Simon Pulse in October 2007.
Nelson's novel Paranoid Park was made into a film of the same name by Gus Van Sant. The book won the prestigious Grinzane Cavour Prize in Italy. The film won a special 60th Anniversary prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 2007.
A sequel to his first novel Girl, Dream School was released in December 2011 and follows the protagonist, Andrea Marr, to Wellington College, an eastern liberal arts college modeled on Wesleyan, Nelson's alma mater. The Seattle Stranger called the Girl/Dream School series "The missing link between Bret Easton Ellisand Tao Lin."
Nelson's newest novel The Prince of Venice Beach is a finalist for the 2015 Edgar Award.
Nelson's novel Recovery Road is currently in production as a TV drama at ABC Family, scheduled to premiere in January 2016.