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Posted by Isabelle Myhill

September 19th 2014

Dear Mr. Nicholson, In 1981 you produced a documentary for the 'Everyman' series, entitled 'The Dervish Way'. I was a member of the Sufi group which was the subject of that programme and I would like to have a copy of the documentary. Can you help? Regards. Isabelle Myhill

William Nicholson responded:

I wish I could. The Everyman series of documentaries belongs to the BBC, and as things are they've never made them - or most of the amazing work of past television - available. I don't have copies myself. There is talk of the BBC opening up their archive. Until that day comes I think your only hope is finding someone who made a recording; though not many had video recorders back then.

Posted by Chris Bradford

September 17th 2014

Dear William and Virginia, It was a real pleasure meeting you both last night. As I mentioned The Wind Singer was one of the books I read (and truly enjoyed) in preparation to write my own young adult series, Young Samurai. It was very interesting to hear your gems of knowledge on novelwriting and screenwriting. Very helpful as I continue to seek opportunities for both Young Samurai and Bodyguard in the film and TV worlds. (A TV series based on Young Samurai twice reached the higher echelons of Peter Fincham at ITV, so I have hope). I do hope our paths cross again soon. All the best, Chris Bradford

William Nicholson responded:

A pleasure to meet you too. All the best with your own projects. While they wait to be turned into TV or film at least it means your readers can imagine them each in their own way.

Posted by Naomi

September 11th 2014

Hello Mr Nicholson! I'm an illustrator/animator about to go into my third year of university. Over the summer I re-read The Wind on Fire trilogy (after not having touched it since childhood) and fell in love with it again. My art is very driven by character and narrative, and your books have really set my imagination off in ways no stories have done before. I love finding characters that I can get to know through drawing them a lot, and the personalities of your protagonists are so multi-faceted and interesting I have already spent many happy hours drawing them. I was wondering if I could get the permission from yourself and your publisher (but I thought I would come to you first) to make some moving illustrations for your stories for my final major project at university. I wouldn't profit or gain financially from this project and of course would give you full credit for the story and characters. Thank you so much for reading, and also for writing such brilliant stories.

William Nicholson responded:

By all means go ahead. As you're not selling the results, please feel free to use my work for your final project. I'd be very curious to see the results.

Posted by Rita Tanburn

September 11th 2014

Dear Mr Nicholson, Ever since I saw "The March" on television in 1990, I have been trying to track down a video or DVD of the film. I thought it was a brilliant and far-sighted piece. I told everyone I knew about it but as with all one-offs at that time many, many people I knew had simply missed it. I wanted everybody to see it , to understand what was likely to happen if we didn't do something to help the people who would be most affected by our approach to the environment in our comfortable set up in the West. I was sure it would be shown again, and as technology advanced i was sure that a copy of the movie would turn up one day in video or dvd form and it never did. I was a relatively young reporter then, now I am retired and pretty much an old lady, and still no sign of this movie. I found some excerpts on youtube , but NEVER the whole thing. Your are my last hope to find out what actually happened to this movie, which is more relevant now than it ever was and why there is no sign of what must be one of the most important and relevant British movies ever made. If there is any way of getting hold of a copy I would love to see this film again and share it with friends and colleagues who missed it the first time round - it left a profound impression on me... Kind regards, Rita Tanburn

William Nicholson responded:

The BBC must have a copy - I don't - but because The March was made with money from many European broadcasters (it was made for One World week) it seems never to have been possible to clear the rights and make it commercially available. It's very frustrating. Your comments prompt me to have another go at unearthing it. Thank you.

Posted by Jeremiah Swanson

August 29th 2014

Dear Mr. Nicholson, My name is Jeremiah Swanson, and I would like to offer you a free e-copy of my recently published first novel, And Death Will Seize the Doctor, Too. No strings, just for you to enjoy. It took me seven years of steady work to finish this book; I don't care about money and would really just like to get it in the hands of those who might enjoy it. My short fiction has appeared in Shimmer Magazine, Quantum Muse, SciFantastic as well as several other publications. I have also written articles for the Miami New Times, and have won several awards. The plot of my story is this: Christian Thompson has the power to heal with a touch of his hand. But the only thing more remarkable than this talent is the fact that he has no idea he has it. And, like many who have yet to discover their true purpose in life, he slogs through his days in a muted haze, feeling as if he's a ghost in his own life, often describing the way he feels as like having amnesia, but without the forgetting. Though intelligent, he can't find work. Though loving, he can't find love or companionship. Though desperate and trying desperately, he simply cannot find a way out of the prison inside himself he's been trapped in most of his life. As time passes, those dark feelings grow in power. Unwelcome and insistent thoughts of suicide begin to plague him; he's terrified to find himself stockpiling sleeping pills and razor blades and doing other frightening things. He fears he is close to doing something very foolish when, one day, he is approached by a man who promises an answer that will lift the weight he has been carrying for so long. But, the man explains, he cannot simply tell him the answer. That is against the rules. All he can do is guide Christian, and only if he'll let him. Christian accepts the offer and it isn't long before he discovers not only his talent, but perhaps also the reason he has kept it hidden from himself for so long. You see, Christian Thompson has the power to heal with the touch of his hands, but for every person he cures he must first kill someone else. Now as he wrestles with not only having such a power but whether or not to use it, he faces the ultimate test and discovers he may not have any real choice. The road this battle leads him down will change not only his life, but perhaps the entire world forever. I hope you are intrigued and look forward to your response. Sincerely, Jeremiah H. Swanson

William Nicholson responded:

Your book does sound intriguing, but I won't take you up on your kind offer, for two reasons: I don't read books on screens, I just don't like the experience; and I have too many other books in my pile waiting to be read. But your core idea is pretty brilliant, so if you've got the story-telling right I think you may well have a big success with it.

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.