Blake Nelson grew up in Portland, OR. He attended Wesleyan University and NYU.

He began his career writing short humor pieces for Details Magazine. His first novel GIRL, was serialized in Sassy Magazine and was made into a film starring Selma Blaire and Summer Phoenix.

Nelson has since published ten more novels, including ROCKSTAR SUPERSTAR and THE NEW RULES OF HIGH SCHOOL.

His science fiction novel THEY CAME FROM BELOW was a Kliatt Editors Choice pick in 2008.

His 2006 novel PARANOID PARK was made into a film by Gus Van Sant which won the Cannes Special Anniversary Prize Award in 2006.   The book won Italy's Grinzane Literary award.

His environmentalist book DESTROY ALL CARS has been praised as "Smart and Entertaining" by the New York Times, and was called "A wonderful novel" by the Los Angeles Times. 

His newest novel DREAM SCHOOL, is the sequel to GIRL.  Vanity Fair called Andrea Marr of both books,  a "bright, sensitive, Sassy-era Holden Caulfield for tortured good girls."