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Posted by Nick de Grunwald

March 18th 2014

I wrote to you before in September 2012, because I had to tell you how much I enjoyed the Sussex village trilogy, and you kindly replied. I have subsequently been buying endless copies of the trilogy and giving them to friends and family.. And now I've just read "Motherland", which is again wonderful. It's the first time in my life that the word 'Tolstoyan' entered my head and wouldn't go away while reading a novel. I think it's something to do with the characters of Larry and Ed that recall Tolstoy, also in their relationships, especially towards Kitty / Natasha... But a book that it is physically painful to leave, now that I've finished it. It is a wonderful creation, again I feel I know all these people personally. I am going to HAVE to break my rule and splash out on a hardback, ie 'Reckless'. Good luck to you, long may you and these stories run. Very best, Nick

William Nicholson responded:

You are my favourite reader; possibly my only one. I have yet to see anyone reading one of my novels outside my immediate family. And even you may be a figment of my imagination, conjured up by the algorithms on my website. I do hope not. Sorry about the hardback costs - the paperback of RECKLESS will be along in the autumn. But then, just to make life difficult, the next novel, AMHERST, will be out in February 2015. The one after that, you'll be relieved to hear, has not yet been written.

Posted by Sydney Magee

March 11th 2014

Mr. Nicholson, I read The Wind on Fire Trilogy as a child and absolutely fell in love with it. I used the Manth wedding vows in my own vows when my husband and I were married and Kestrel and Bowman have stayed with me throughout my life. I am curious though - since my original paperback copies of the trilogy have been passed to my brother - is there any chance that fans will see the trilogy as eBooks? I have kept checking back with the hopes that it will be available - because I honestly have no space to keep books - but have been consistently disappointed. It would be really fantastic if I could always carry all 3 books with me. Thanks for giving all of your creativity to the world! Sydney

William Nicholson responded:

I'm not sure where you live, but the Wind on Fire is available in ebook form here in the UK - I just checked Amazon UK and they have Kindle versions. I think this is a fairly recent development. I'm so honoured that you used the Manth vows for your own wedding. It's only fantasy fiction, I know, but I did think long and hard when creating those vows.

Posted by Sharon Montgomery

March 2nd 2014

Will there be a sequel to the movie FIRELIGHT?

William Nicholson responded:

No, I'm afraid not. But I'm happy that you seem to want one.

Posted by Paul Sheppard

February 27th 2014

William, I wonder if successful writers wish to hear comments such as mine? I hope you'll accept them in good part from a lover of your "Sussex" series. I confess I haven't finished Reckless, but would draw your attention to the following. I'm a writer living and working in Belfast, and the term "Mam" in Donegal, or anywhere in Ireland in fact is not one that is used. Certainly, it is a Welsh term. I should know, I am Welsh! I was, though, more startled by your description of M.J. on page 95. Has anyone else mentioned to you the potential misunderstandings in being bored "from the company of small boys...given that he was not queer"? The association of interest in small boys and being gay is open to misinterpretation.

William Nicholson responded:

I'm very happy to get comments pointing out where I've gone wrong. You're right of course that Welsh people use 'Mam' for 'Mum', but I had got the impression, perhaps wrongly, that this was also common in Ireland (where the Gaelic word is 'Mamai'); and certainly a quick search on the net seems to allow this. On the passage about the art teacher, I think you mean that I'm implying that only gay men can be interested in small boys. The confusion here arises from your assumption that this is an authorial statement, as it were from a leader article in a newspaper. It's not. I'm writing from within the character's head. He's an art teacher working in an all-boys prep school in 1962, an environment which in those days attracted gay men. My art teacher is not judgemental about this, he's merely indicating that this particular source of interest is not there for him. He is of course being presented by me as sex-haunted, self-absorbed, and utterly ineffective. So I hope what you call 'potential misunderstandings' are in fact the complexities of his character.

Posted by Philippa

February 22nd 2014

What did you read when you were a child?

William Nicholson responded:

My great love was the Just William books by Richmal Crompton. I collected all of them, haunting second-hand bookshops.

Posted by Sally

February 19th 2014 I have been trying to find an agent for mainstream publishers (but sadly it appears you have to be famous in order to be accepted first!) and also have approached animators (film) USA and UK with the same result. Could you offer any nuggets of advice on how to get my book considered for animation or tv? I live in Sussex. Thanks, Sally Sweete

William Nicholson responded:

I'm sorry, it really is tough, I know. The film world only takes notice when you've already proved there's a lot of interest in your work. I suggest you get on and write the next book, and the next, and build a following that way. You don't have to have a mainstream publisher any more - we all know what happened with 'Fifty Shades of Grey'. But you do need work that readers adore once they've found it, and that's not easy...