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Posted by Rob

November 28th 2012

Hello William, Thank you for all the wonderful stories you've put into the world. I have question for you: With the amount of resources available on the Internet, and even DVD commentaries for that matter, many aspiring screenwriters are arming themselves with knowledge in numbers like never before. Does this make you optimistic about the future of storytelling on the big screen? Do you see any dangers?

William Nicholson responded:

I don't really understand your question. Screenwriters have always needed to know as much as possible about their subjects. We are authors, and need authority. Storytelling is another matter: the skill of fashioning research into a compelling narrative remains at the heart of successful screenplays. This skill hasn't changed since Homer.

Posted by Paul Sheppard

November 26th 2012

Never judge a book...Can't wait for Motherland. Love the genre WW2, conflict, struggle, ideology, romance Going to pre-order.

William Nicholson responded:

Hope you like it...

Posted by Cinzia Hooyer

November 22nd 2012

Hi, I was reading your FAQ's and I wanted to thank you for the major spoiler in it. I haven't read Firesong yet, and thanks to you, I already know the ending. So I wanted to ask you if you could maybe have it erased or something for future readers who haven't read it yet.

William Nicholson responded:

Sorry about that. I've removed the offending spoiler.

Posted by Amit Desai

November 19th 2012

Hi William, I am independent writer, who have recently finished working on a feature length script (period drama setup in 16th century colonial India). I am seeking for producer who can assess as well as represent my work to studios, can you provide some contacts of producer to whom I can pitch my work. I finding very difficult to get hold of a producer. Can you help me in anyways? Many Thanks, Amit

William Nicholson responded:

I'm sorry, but I can't help. Only someone who has read your work can recommend it to others, so your first step must be through those you know who have read and admired your work. The best people are those who hope to share in its development, most commonly an agent. I'm a writer, not an agent or a producer, so I'm the wrong sort of person to approach.

Posted by Robin Clark

November 16th 2012

Hello, Motherland and Shadowland seem to be a departure from your fantasy writing do you prefer either genre over the other? Thank you

William Nicholson responded:

These days I'm writing novels about the real world, but I still love writing fantasies. Perhaps I'll return one day. Actually there's a lot in common between the two ways of writing: they're both explorations of how people make sense of their world. My fantasies are, in a sense, about real people too.

Posted by Kieron Dowling

November 10th 2012

Secret Intensity is a complex and beautiful book I couldn't fault. In terms of editing, it must have been a tough call for any editor because your voice is unique, and I sense you get it pretty right on the first cut. How ready was the manuscript when you first handed it over? To what extent did you have to rewrite? It's such a personal book.

William Nicholson responded:

The tough decision for my editor on Secret Intensity was whether to publish it or not. Many other publishers had admired the book, but feared it could never find enough readers to make it worthwhile. Jane Wood at Quercus took that risk, to my everlasting gratitude. The published book was exactly as I had delivered it, with a few small tweaks. Since then, as perhaps you know, I've been building this style of writing with two further novels, which carry some of the characters forward in time. The next book, MOTHERLAND, out in February, is the most ambitious of them all. I hope you get a chance to read it.