Ralph Lake


I am a retired Chinese teacher (Douglas College, New Westminster 1988-2015). Since retirement I have taken up old interests in earnest—Chinese-English translation (literary), poetry and the writing of novels for adults and young readers. My interests include Chinese literature and history, British history and classical music. My wife Siew is an artist who grew up in Kuala Lumpur. We lived in China, Taiwan and Malaysia in the 1980s. We currently live in Vancouver, Canada.

Where to find Ralph Lake online

Twitter: @kebushima


Most Miserable Monster
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,870. Language: Canadian English. Published: January 25, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Most Miserable Monster--is he really a monster? That depends on your definition. But he is miserable, misunderstood and very lonely. This is a story (with illustrations by Hu Luofu) for young people and adults alike. But because there is a tragic event in the tale, Most Miserable Monster is not suitable for young children. It is set in Vancouver, the author's hometown.
Arizzo of Arezzo and The Anything Machine
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,530. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Arizzo is the genius of Arezzo whose inventions delight the people of Arezzo. But his greatest invention brings calamity in its wake. Can Arizzo save the day with yet another invention, or will he make matters worse? Arizzo of Arezzo is a story for the young and the young at heart. It’s a silly romp through an imaginary world with outcomes and consequences not unlike those found in our own.
Big Lin and Little Lin
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 31,260. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
Big Lin and Little Lin is a children's story told through the eyes of two brothers who are separated shortly after the death of their parents. The world they move through is peopled with strange talking animals and monsters but their experiences of this world are polar opposites with one brother the victim of exploitation while the other siding with the exploiters.
Poems 2007-2017
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,240. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Canadian Poetry
Poems 2007-2017 These poems were written in response to changing life circumstances. Some are more personal than others. Of the personal ones I hope some will resonate with readers who have had similar experiences. Some are occasional verse inspired by a book or being in a certain physical space that acquired in that moment special significance. I hope you find something here to enjoy.

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