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Things run out Sunday, August 31, 2014

In the converted garage where I work I have my own loo. I bring out loo rolls from the house, usually three at a time, which of course last for a very long time. But not for ever. Yesterday I replenished my supply, and found myself wondering, Should I bring out more than three? Why not six? Or ten? That led to me thinking, How many loo rolls am I going to need for the rest of my life? And it’s not just loo rolls: it’s the reams of paper I use for writing and printing out my work; it’s Read More

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Posted by John Paul Ramirez

August 22nd 2014

Hi Mr.Nicholson, I've read your Wind on Fire trilogy and Noble Warriors trilogy. Loved both. There was one question I had about writing. How do you come up with the lore of the world? I find it very hard since I have so much ideas that would contradict each others. I already have the story ideas written down but without a right background to support why decisions were made then it could really flaw the story. Thanks in advance for answering my questions and I look forward to reading more of your books.

William Nicholson responded:

You're right, the creation of the rules of the imagined world is crucial. They have to add up, and the plot has to abide by them. I can only say this is the part that takes times to work out. You start with a few basic ideas, and as you devise your plot you learn what more you need to add to keep it making sense. Don't be afraid to start writing - often only as your story unfolds do the ideas come - and then go back and rewrite in the light of your later decisions.

Posted by Jack

August 22nd 2014

Hey, I love the Wind on Fire trilogy and am rereading it again lately. After finishing the first book and starting on the second, I had a thought. Do the singer people have an underlying influence in the first book at all? In the prologue of slaves of the mastery it states that the singer people could summon storms, or so the sailors thought. Did they summon the unseasonal storm at the end of the wind singer in anyway to help out the trio? Thanks :) Jack

William Nicholson responded:

I don't think it was the Singer people behind the storm at the end of the Wind Singer, but yes, their influence underlies everything that happens in the whole trilogy. In a way the books tell the story of the working out of their history, which goes in ever-repeated cycles, from calm, to action, to crisis, and so back to calm.

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Past and current works


  • The Society of Others
  • The Secret Intensity of Everyday Life
  • All the Hopeful Lovers
  • The Golden Hour
  • Motherland
  • Reckless


  • The Windsinger
  • Slaves of the Mastery
  • Firesong
  • Seeker
  • Jango
  • Noman
  • Rich and Mad


  • Shadowlands
  • Gladiator
  • Mandela
  • Les Miserables
  • Firelight
  • Nell
  • Sarafina
  • Elizabeth: The Golden Age


  • The Retreat from Moscow
  • Shadowlands
  • Katherine Howard