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Posted by Megan

August 12th 2012

I just really want to thank you for your wind on fire trilogy. I read the first book in 4th grade when my mother brought it home from the junior high library. I fell in love with it. When I got to junior high I was overjoyed that there were sequels and immediately delved into them. I have never been so moved by a world or characters before. I bought them in high school and read them again, then donated them, then bought another set. It is a series I will always cherish, even now as an adult. It was the series that inspired me to write and illustrate. I wanted to know what books you read when you were a child?

William Nicholson responded:

Wonderful. This is what we writers - I include you now - do it for. Books in my childhood: Beatrix Potter at first - later all the Just William books by Richmal Crompton - comics like the Beano - Treasure Island - oh, so many, and my memory's terrible - then on as a young teenager to Jane Austen, and so into grown-up books...

Posted by ollie

August 12th 2012

Do you have another novel in progress? Is it goodbye to Sussex? Are you still working in the film world? Any interest from TV companies in adapting the Sussex novels? Have read 4/5 of your adult novels and enjoyed them all

William Nicholson responded:

Yes, another one on the way, this time going back into my characters' pasts. MOTHERLAND comes out next Feb. No TV interest yet...

Posted by John Mitchell

August 3rd 2012

Just finished 'The Golden Hour' and therfore the Sussex Trilogy is now over for me. Just to say how very much I enjoyed all the books and am very anxious that another book will come along and that Jack and Alice in particular will feature as well as the nice farmer with all the daughters. The question is, will you be able to find the time and energy to produce a quadruplet please ?

William Nicholson responded:

I am keeping on producing books with these characters, though the next book, MOTHERLAND, due out in February, goes back into the past. It starts with Alice, but mostly it's the story of her great-grandmother. A bit odd, I grant you. But I think you may like it a lot. Then after that there's another one on the stocks...

Posted by Sarah

August 2nd 2012

Dear Mr Nicholson, I fondly remembered my teacher reading The Wind Singer to me as a child. Recently I remembered this time and HAD to read it again. I loved it as much at 22 years old as I did when I was small. Thank you!

William Nicholson responded:

I love it that the book still works. Maybe try some of my adult books now?

Posted by Jassen Lloyd

July 22nd 2012

Dear Mr. Nicholson, It is an absolute pleasure to write to you and the creativity that is seen in the films you have written is wonderful. I am screenwriting from a book that is considered a classic. The story has been seen on screen many times, but I believe it can be done differently. When I saw the Trailer for Les Miserables, I realized that though it had been completed before, that it could be done in a different style altogether -thanks to you and the other screenwriters. Is it entirely necessary to win writing contests before finding an agent? And would you ever indulge in glancing over a few pages from someone new? Gratefully, Jassen

William Nicholson responded:

You're right that even classics can be remained in new ways. Getting an agent is hard, and winning contests helps, but it's not vital. Many writers get known through other work first, for print, radio, TV. But in the end your best selling card is an amazing screenplay. As for me looking at your work - I'm really sorry, but I can't start doing that or I'd never do any of my own work. Find someone nearby you know and respect: other people's views are always valuable, even when wrong.

Posted by Walt

July 19th 2012

Mr. Nicholson, Upon re-reading you wind on fire books this summer, I was struck with the feeling that they have the making of a great movie. Have you ever thought of transposing it and making a movie?

William Nicholson responded:

Yes, I have thought of that. However, it takes a good production company to come up with the finance and skill to do the job, and so far that hasn't happened. Maybe one day.