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Posted by laura

November 8th 2013

hi, laura here are you going to make the wind singer as a movie thanks

William Nicholson responded:

I wish I could, but I need a film company with lots of money. If you know one, send them my way.

Posted by David Schweitzer

November 6th 2013

Hi William, Not really a question, but just to say I've been meaning to write to you for absolutely ages to say how wonderful your two fantasy trilogies are. I read both of them a few years ago and meant to congratulate you at the time. Re-reading them recently, found them once again absolutely compelling, intriguing and poetic, and just wanted to drop you a line to say as much. As a composer (mostly for film and tv), I was fascinated my the musical ideas that run through both sets of books. Do you find music and inspiration in your writing? It would be fantastic to see a film adaptation of either the Wind On Fire or the Noble Warriors series, and hope it will happen one day, although of course the transition from the page to the screen is full of pitfalls - it would have to be done well! On a final note, my wife and I are good friends with someone I believe you know, Katherine Rose. She's a lovely girl who my wife used to work with in art publishing, though we've not seen her so much in the last few years. When I was reading the books a few years ago she had mentioned that you were a family friend (I hope I'm not mistaken). Anyway, thanks for bringing these magical worlds to life. I must now read some of your adult fiction! Best of luck with everything, David Schweitzer

William Nicholson responded:

Katharine Rose is the daughter of one of my oldest friends. They're a very dear and in their way inspirational family. As for music in my books, yes, I'm powerfully influenced by music as I write. I do most of my thinking lying on a sofa playing the radio, and as the different moods generated by different pieces of music sweep through me, so the ideas, with their attached emotions, come bubbling up. I'm so pleased you like the Noble Warriors, the least read of my works, but almost the one I'm most proud of.

Posted by Susan Vousden

November 5th 2013

Hi, Firstly I would like to thank you for persisting with your writing. I have recently read The Wind Singer and have just started Slaves of the Mastery. I am captivated and totally immersed in these stories as I read. I find it hard to put these books down! Plus I see now their are many more of your writings for me to look forward to. I am a keen family historian. My Grandmother is called Florence Nicholson born 1889 in Lambeth, South London. Charles William Nicholson her father b. 1859 Westminster, his father William John b. 1818 Westminster. Do you know about your ancestors? If so, could there be a link with mine? Thank you for your time.

William Nicholson responded:

I don't think we're related. My Nicholson ancestors all come from the north of England, from Sunderland, and later the Manchester area. I'm glad you like what you've read so far of my work. I'm still hard at it, so there's more to come.

Posted by Michael R. Brown

November 2nd 2013

Not to fill your Q&A, so last question - if I may. I want to catch up on your oeuvre. Is there any of your books that you feel best has your essence in it? Is there one you would have people read, knowing in you "Yes, there I am, at my purest"?

William Nicholson responded:

You could dip into two very different works of mine, both of which I still like. 'The Society of Others' is told in the form of a disguised fantasy, but it contains many of my true beliefs. And 'The Secret Intensity of Everyday Life, a naturalistic novel of contemporary life in rural England built around the notion that we know little of each other, and if we knew more we would feel more compassion.

Posted by Michael R. Brown

November 1st 2013

Hi William - Thanks for the answer. I'll be glad to read more from the same mind - I don't know if you intended it, but that book exerted a profound effect: I found it in a New Jersey library c. 1983, and it taught that 18-year old boy that the green hills of earth could be like a woman's curves - and many other things that started him on a deeper road in integrating emotion, sex, spirit, and mind. I haven't read it since, but parts of it have remained a deep part of my inner life. A glance at Amazon and Goodreads shows others were affected too. I never thought I'd be able to thank the person who wrote it , so - thank you. : )

William Nicholson responded:

Thank you for the memory. It amazes me that these lost books live on, at least in some corners of some people's lives.

Posted by Michael R. Brown

October 31st 2013

Hi William. A bibliographic query, somewhat. Years ago I read a novel that affected me quite strongly. The author shares your name and perhaps some of your foci, but I don't see it on your list of works: "The Seventh Level." (1979) Did you write it? If not, do you know anything about the W.N. who did? Best always - MRB

William Nicholson responded:

It's my first ever published work, not been in print for over 30 years. I think of it as apprentice work, but at the time it had the vital effect of making me believe my writing could find a public. You must be one of its few readers.