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Posted by Pip

July 20th 2014

Hello there, I just felt like sending you something to get my thoughts down. In two months time I'll be finally taking the leap into University as a mature student, studying Creative Writing/English Literature. My anticipation has brought back memories of enthused writing and the excitement I felt for book release dates! I distinctly remember when one of my school friends bought me a copy of Wind Singer for my 8th birthday and I was hooked, and pre-ordered all your YA Fantasy books over the next several years growing up. I want to thank you for the enjoyment your books brought me (and continue to do so, I'm an avid re-reader!) What inspires you? How do you go about conjuring up ideas? What kind of things fill your notebooks/scraps of paper/rough documents etc? How do you feel about writing courses and writing in education? I remember sending you lots of questions when I was younger too, probably more sillier ones knowing what I was like! One last thing - I've been following you on twitter. It can be a great tool once you get into the habit of posting your updates and thoughts. But, really, I'm curious as to how your wildflower meadow will transform over the seasons, I hope you post more things like that :) Images of nature, especially when you know it's not been doctored and is well-loved, just make me smile. Thank you (and don't stop writing!) , Pip

William Nicholson responded:

I'm afraid I'm a very poor tweeter, I find the limit on space frustrating. But you encourage me to do more. Congratulations on being about to start the adventure of university. I think any kind of structure that encourages broader reading, and thinking about what you're reading, is a huge advantage. Just don't let the process of study cause you to forget that first thrill you felt when you wrote your first own piece of work. We can all learn from the work of others, and must, and writing is something that evolves as a skill like any other; but it's also you, in a very profound and personal way. So trust your instincts. Don't get too clever too fast. Don't let them rob you of joy.


July 15th 2014

Saludos Sr William Nicholson, soy evaluador de un trabajo de grado en el que se aborda su novela La sociedad de los otros, no sé dónde conseguir un ejemplar en español e impreso, pues deseo leer el libro antes de emitir un juicio. Vivo en Colombia y agradezco si me informa cómo hacerme a un ejemplar.

William Nicholson responded:

The Society of Others has been published in Spanish, and I can only suggest you look online to buy a copy. I hope you find one.

Posted by Rida Shahid

July 13th 2014

Hello Mr.Nicholson, I fell in love with your Wind on Fire trilogy when I was in the eighth grade and since then I've read almost all of your books (including The Society of Others which I embarrassingly asked you to send me a copy of for my birthday six years ago, I was sixteen and an idiot but you were kind enough to send me one. Thank you so much for that, it's honestly a prized possession). I'm always eager to introduce more and more people to your work.I usually lend out my copies or give them as gifts. Everyone always really enjoys and loves your writing and is surprised (as I am) why your books aren't known/available internationally. The purpose for this email is basically a marketing suggestion. I am not in anyway an expert in these matters but it wouldn't do any harm to bring the idea to your attention. You might be aware that YouTube has grown immensely popular with the current generation. Within YouTube there is a growing community of avid readers, a lot of them having jobs in the publishing world. Some of the popular "BookTubers" ,or so they have been dubbed, have audiences ranging from 50,000 - 1,000,000, sometimes even more. Several publishing companies send these BookTubers copies of their new releases to be reviewed in a video, occasionally accompanied by book give-aways to create more hype. A lot of publishing companies have their own YouTube channels where they post "Book Trailers" for upcoming books. For a good example you can have a look at the book trailer for "More Than This" by Patrick Ness. Most of the BookTubers accept books to be reviewed easily, they have contact details in the "About" section of their YouTube Channel. Since the book community where I live is almost non-existent I tend to use YouTube as a way to keep me updated on what's happening and get book suggestions, as do many others. Maybe you could send some of your books to them, this way more people will get to know your many many amazing characters and beautiful stories! Regards, Rida Shahid

William Nicholson responded:

I didn't know about the BookTubers, and I'm grateful for your suggestion. I wonder if this Book Tube also includes videos by the authors themselves? Or maybe that's of less interest than an unbiased review by a reader. I shall investigate.

Posted by -Wyatt

July 9th 2014

Well I have to give credit where and when it is due. Never have I been so perplexed at an ending than with the Nobel warrior series. After a day and a half of pouring over all three books I wonder (if it's not too personal) about your motivations for ending the series the way you did. When did you relinquish your views as a catholic? And why? All assuming that the views of your protagonists represent your own. It's late here and maybe after some sleep and more time to digest your material these questions will be as trivial to me as they surely are to yourself. Still I eagerly await your response...If you oblige to give it.

William Nicholson responded:

You're right to suggest that my protagonists' views reflect my own. I stopped being a believing Catholic at university, in the late 1960s. I still have respect for faith, but I'm afraid I no longer see the Christian revelation as anything more than another story, among the many faith stories of the world.

Posted by Raj

July 7th 2014

What happens to Filka at the end of Jango? Is he dead or alive once he goes into Jango's garden, or he is reincarnated?

William Nicholson responded:

Help! Embarrassing to admit I can no longer remember my own plots. Maybe someone else out there knows?

Posted by Linda DiDonato

July 1st 2014

How did you come up with amazing Nell language for the movie Nell? It is so unbelievable. How did Jody Foster learn it so well? Did she speak to you about it?

William Nicholson responded:

I wish I could remember, it's all long ago now. There was a play on which the film was based, and that was certainly the beginning of the made-up language. Jody Foster was the producer of the film, and we spoke a great deal. As for how she learned the language - she's a remarkable actress, then and now.