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Posted by Katie

February 1st 2014

Hello, Mr. Nicholson. I've written you several times before and you've responded with kindness each time. It's been 12 years since I picked up the Wind Singer, and to this day, as a 25-year old woman, all three books are sitting on my top bookshelf. I have a one-year old son of whom I want to pass them down to, and can only hope that he feels the same way about them that I did, and still do now. My seventh grade year I read them was also the first year I had my first and only writing class in school, which prompted me to write all the time. I've been doing it ever since and have no intention of ever stopping. I do have a question for you. As an writer, do you ever find yourself becoming obsessed with the characters and story you have created for them? Thank-you in advance.

William Nicholson responded:

Yes, I do become obsessed by my characters. I don't think any of us can create imaginative fiction without in a sense living in the world we've made. Just don't disappear into it for ever. Remember we need to live real lives in order to feed our imagined lives. I'm so pleased you're still excited by writing - it'll be a source of power for you for the rest of your life.

Posted by Ashley

January 29th 2014

Hello! This isn't really a question but anyways. I read your Wind of Fire books when I was younger. Back then, they really inspired me to write my own book. Recently I have been revisiting the book idea I came up with as a child. When I discovered that I have only the copy of Fire Song I wanted to go back and re read them. Hoping I can find the same inspiration I had as a child. But I scared that they wouldn't be as wonderful as I expected them. My boyfriend bought me the Wind Singer as a surprise and I have been reading it. It has been such a joy for me and its as amazing as I remember too. Plus I'm noticing more than I missed when I was younger. So I just want to say thank you for opening this world to us!

William Nicholson responded:

You're not the only one of my readers to return to the Wind on Fire as an adult, and it gives me huge pleasure. I of course wrote the books as an adult, and put a great deal more into them than I could reasonably expect my young readers to discover. So now I feel as if my books are living again, and more fully. Thank you for that.

Posted by Sarah Allen

January 27th 2014

Hello! I took a C.S. Lewis course at University and at the end we read and watched Shadowlands, which has become my favorite movie. So at work today when I was listening to the California film school podcast about Les Miserables, when it registered that you were the author of Shadowlands and that you were also a novelist (specifically a YA novelist) I immediately looked up your website and am looking forward to buying and reading your books. I am also working towards a career as a writer, and have two novels, one YA and one adult, that I'm submitting to agents. Don't worry, I'm not here to ask you to read them. I guess my question is more about screenwriting. I am also working on a screenplay. With novels, the process of finding an agent who finds a publisher seems relatively straightforward, if difficult. And though it can be largely the same process for screenplays, it seems a little more tricky. I guess what I'm wondering is, what is the best thing to do with my script once I've finished it? I don't live in L.A., so does that hurt my chances? I suppose I just need to keep submitting it to both agents and producers and hope for the best, but I'm wondering if there's a better/more systematic way to go about it, and if you have any suggestions. Thank you for your advice and wonderful work!

William Nicholson responded:

There are some writers who send in screenplays blind and get lucky, but it's very hard. I was drawn into the film world after some success writing for television. Others make the transition from stage plays. I would suggest you continue to try agents with your work, but at the same time go down a parallel path to establish your writing credentials. There's another option: write and direct your own no-budget film, and hawk it round festivals. It's easier now than ever, in terms of the technology. Writer-directors are well-respected - if they're good, of course.

Posted by Eugene Noguera

January 18th 2014

Hello William, it had been a few years since reading your "Wind on Fire" trilogy when I decided to give them a re-read. I was mesmerised by this series as a younger child, now as a young adult after reading them I have come to an even greater appreciation of these books for which I would like to thank you for writing. I honestly can say I put the series as my favourite and most impressionable story I've come across. My question is if you have any intention to extend the lore of this world you've created? Will there be any further developments of this series, perhaps more books or a film adaption?

William Nicholson responded:

I'm afraid the answer is no, I've no plans to add more to the Wind on Fire. But I love it that you've found the books still work for you now you're older. I did put so much of myself into them.

Posted by Ruth Skrine

January 18th 2014

I have just finished reading Motherhood and write to tell you how much I enjoyed it. When I heard you talk about the bad sex award I hoped you had won. I would have liked to hear you talk on the subject. I used to work in psychosexual medicine. In my view some sex in novels can be destructive, for instance by muddling the erotic power of fantasies with the likely emotional feelings if they are acted out. Geraldine and gentle Larry have an authentic ring. Non-consummation is often due to unconscious 'funny ideas' that people have about their bodies. Kitty's tolerance of violent sex from a man she loved also rings true, to the surprise of some feminists. I discuss these things in my memoir due out in the summer but novelist are more influental than doctors in reporting the world as it is. Thank you and I look forward to reading your next. Ruth

William Nicholson responded:

You'll know more than me, from your work, so I respect your comments. I go on learning all the time, and try to find ways to explore this complicated mix of the physical, emotional, neurotic, ecstatic, and bewildering that is sex, so much of which goes on in secret. Novels are just one way of peeping into that veiled realm. What you do, or have done, is crucial to our understanding, and is I think very influential. We need objective observers to tell us what they see, and I think we need novelists, who work more subjectively, to bring the inner world to life.

Posted by Mateo

January 10th 2014

Hi William, my name is Mateo, I'm twenty years old and I live in Uruguay, a little country in South America. First of all, this is not a question. I want to express my admiration for your trilogy "Wind of Fire", I really loved those three books. I've red them a few years ago, and until today I have not read a book that attracted my attention like yours (and I read a lot). I felt very identified with the relationship between Kestrel and Bowman, it seemed that you have inspired in my sister and me! What I most liked from the trilogy is the magic that you've impressed in it. It's magic is very different from other fantasy books, because the one that predominates in it is not like Harry Potter's or other fantasy books, the magic of your trilogy is the Love. I want to tell you that I started to write a book a year ago and I really love to do it, and I would like you to give me a little tip or advice to continue on it. And well, that's all, I hope to receive your answer. Greetings!!

William Nicholson responded:

I can't really give advice, only encouragement. Writing is so personal. Just make sure as you write that you're touching something deep inside you - however fantastical your imagined world - it's got to be something you care about a lot. Then others, reading it, will care. The other part of writing is coping with failure. Just keep telling yourself that all the time you're getting closer to the best way to tell your story, and if you're not there yet, well, one day you will be.