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Posted by Amit Desai

September 3rd 2012

Hi William, I am a independent writer based in India, I am currently working on a feature length screenplay on a epic drama. I have a good subject which will appeal global audience and at the same time it will pique production houses not only in US but in European and Eastern countries for whom the story directly connects with their own history. Having done all my research work and a draft of the screenplay, I am looking forward to collaborate with an experience writer of your calibre to take this script on next level. Let me know if you would be interested to read my screenplay. Thanks & Regards, Amit Desai

William Nicholson responded:

I'm sorry, but I don't write in collaboration, I prefer to work on my own projects. Best of luck with yours.

Posted by Barley

September 2nd 2012

I have just re-read the Wind on Fire trilogy and been deeply moved once again - I was wondering - were you at all influenced by Buddhist philosophy when writing it as many of the concepts seem to reflect these ideas?

William Nicholson responded:

I think the answer is yes, though not consciously. I have absorbed a certain amount of Buddhist philosophy indirectly, and been greatly influenced; but I can't claim to be any kind of expert.

Posted by Sally Anne Holt

September 1st 2012

Hi William, I just wanted to thank you for your wonderful writing. I have just read The Golden Hour and was utterly charmed. Though I think you could have given Roddy a better ride! I have not come across your work before, it's wonderful. I was especially interested in your incredibly accurate description of Worth Abbey (where my boys went to school) acutely observed. My very best wishes to you. Sally

William Nicholson responded:

Roddy will live on, I'm sure. Have you read the two books that precede The Golden Hour? You can find many of the same characters at earlier ages, in The Secret Intensity of Everyday Life and its sequel All the Hopeful Lovers. And from February, when my new book comes out - Motherland - you can even find out what their forebears were doing in the Second World War. Sorry to drop so much stuff on you, but I do so want people to realise I'm slowly building a whole world here...

Posted by Martyn

August 27th 2012

When I was reading the Society of Other I came across one scene which seemed extremely familiar. You described a house with red shutters with a red and white archway over the door, a passageway leading through from the outer door to the inner courtyard where there was nothing but a broom and an empty bucket. I immediarely made me think of a large picture we have hanging on our lounge wall by Peter de Hooch. It made me look at the picture in a new way, looking at the details in your description and comparing them with the picture. I was wondering if it was indeed a Peter de Hooch painting that you based that scene on?

William Nicholson responded:

The answer is yes. The book is full of scenes that are actually taken from paintings in the National Gallery. There's a secret clue: every time the word 'red' appears, you're in a painting. All part of the mind game.

Posted by Oliver Mitchell

August 23rd 2012

I have a slightly odd question for you Mr Nicholson regarding a qualification I am currently undertaking for my A Level studies at the Angmering School! The qualification I am working on is the Extended Project, which allows students to create a body of work on whatever given topic they are interested in investigating. I have chosen to look at how film companies take a description of an object within a novel and translate it into a physical model following each stage of the development process "The Wind Singer" was the novel I picked with the intention to create a model of The Wind Singer building as it seemed like an original, open, and imaginative building to work with! This is the part where as the Author of the novel I am using I could really use your opinion and comments on a set of rough initial conceptual sketches I have created to begin designing the structure. So basically my question is would you be happy to take a look at them? Thanks for reading !

William Nicholson responded:

Certainly - though I would encourage you to create your own version, and not be distracted by any notions I might have. My book is the trigger, the ideas are yours. You're as likely to be right as I am.

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...