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Posted by Chris

September 15th 2013

Blimey. I've just belted through Rich and Mad in one sitting. Simple question: do you have plans to write more about Maddy and Rich? And what about Paul Pico? I'm worried about him -and Cath and Max and the beautifully named Imo - and even the horrible (but I cannot think irredeemable) Leo. And what about poor Grace? You left her under a duvet, bruised and battered! What happens to her? Less simple supplementary question: How do writers, how do you, make us care about your characters? Even the vile ones sometimes.

William Nicholson responded:

No more coming on Maddy and Rich, I'm afraid. But I'm really pleased you enjoyed your time with them. What happens to Grace? Nothing good, I fear. As for caring about characters, even bad ones, I guess it comeso down to my own sense of other people, which is that everyone is good and loveable when you get deep enough into them. I'm not a believer in original sin, as you can see.

Posted by Daniel

September 9th 2013

Dear William, I still hope for the day you start a twitter. The name makes it sound frivolous, but it is the cleanest most effective way I've seen someone engage their fans. Would love to be able to stay up to date on your work. Thanks always for writing of course. Your work, especially with the Wind on Fire, has stayed with me for many years.

William Nicholson responded:

I've kept away from Twitter, maybe wrongly. Seems to me I'd need more than the limit to say what I'm up to. But maybe I should just get more disciplined.

Posted by Mark Fairbairn

September 7th 2013

Hello William, I met you during the screening of 12 years a slave. It was great to meet someone like you as one of the reasons I came to the festival was to soak up some energy and meet people in the industry who I could harness some energy from, so to speak. As I mentioned I love making film and hope one day to be working on my first feature length and who knows maybe I'll be approached one day as you have been. Before I came here I guess I already knew what I should be doing but to hear you confirm that I should continue to write and make films myself and was what I needed to hear. I love doing it and that's why I do it and why I want to continue to do it. So I will enjoy doing it and we'll see what happens. If I can it would be great to be able to contact you in the future for advise or a little help with a something I am working on. Good luck tonight and all the best, Mark

William Nicholson responded:

It was a pleasure to meet you in Toronto, if only briefly. My own film had a sensational gala screening, followed by some very damp reviews. The film, 'Mandela', is magnificent, I'm very proud of it, and the reviewers who don't like it are - shall we say - misguided. If this is to be your future, be warned: you need strong nerves. By all means contact me in times ahead, just don't ask for too much of my time. I'm racing for the finish line, I have so much to write, and have to outrun my declining brain cells...

Posted by Paul Sheppard

September 6th 2013

Hello William, Are you planning anything further regarding the Edenfield stories? Or, may I ask what you're working on presently. With best wishes.

William Nicholson responded:

Yes to more Edenfield - 'Motherland' is about to be in paperback, then comes 'Reckless' next March. Meanwhile I'm completing 'Triangle Street', which will follow in 2015...

Posted by elaine

August 28th 2013

I have just re-read the article I saved 7th November 2010 from the mail `yours unfaithfully'. It makes better reading and understanding 3 years on although even at the time I felt you was writing my nightmare. I would like you to know that this helped more than any counselling I entered into with my husband and the perspective you put from both sides was as if you was writing about us. Our ending is still in progress but as your final sentence says `A project that takes time and honesty and courage and compassion, that's what I call a marriage'. I can tell you from personal experience I agree. Thank you - it was so accurate.

William Nicholson responded:

And at the time of that article - and the novel that prompted it - I got a lot of hate mail for suggesting that infidelity could ever be understood, let alone forgiven. Thank you for this.

Posted by Ryan David

August 24th 2013

I just finished reading 'I Could Love You', having read a few of your other works over the years. I was astounded by your Tom chapters. They were honest and intense and I think all men could relate, even as his self-justification comes crashing down when you reveal that Meg wasn't quite on the same wavelength. The scattered psychological insights (that I'm always afraid you'll have run out of whenever I open a new book) are for me the best parts. On people in general, the distinction between men and women and their socially acceptable relations to pleasure. Great stuff. Only character I couldn't get a feel for was Roddy, perhaps because I'm skeptical of the possibility of the experience he claims to have had. One further comment... I'm afraid I took Jack's side in his "argument" against his father. I've read Daniel Quinn's stuff and it seems to me there is a linear direction to the history of civilization and that the future seems bleak. Have you read Ishmael or the Story of B? The writing's not much but the ideas seem important. Lastly, 'Society of Others' was the first book of yours I read. It made me pick up the others. Smuggling philosophy books over the border was just too awesome. Ending confused the hell out of me. Still not sure if I know just what happened, but it was a hell of an allegory, if that's what it was.

William Nicholson responded:

If you get a chance to read the next book after 'I Could Love You', which is called 'The Golden Hour' (published in the UK, not the US), you'll meet more of Roddy and his crisis. Perhaps it'll convince you, perhaps not. 'The Society of Others' is I suppose an allegory. I do know what happened at the end, and I thought I'd planted enough clues, but from your response, and many others, I failed. Maybe I should leave an explanation somewhere on this site. Thank you for registering that I write more than one kind of book. Sometimes I get the feeling that my readers all occupy different universes.