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Posted by Stephanie

May 7th 2012

I read your book The Society of Others and I wasn't sure how to contact you but I just really thought you deserved to know how much I love/admire this book and all the ideas that were put into it. I'm in high school and i've read quite a few books but I just connected with this one like unbelievably. This book gives me chills every time i read it. Thank you for being you. You're very talented and I want you to know that your writing has effected me greatly. But philosophy is a great concept, do you read a lot about it?

William Nicholson responded:

I love it that you respond so strongly to the ideas in Society of Others. I've packed a lot in. Yes, I do read a lot of philosophy - I'm forever searching for different ways of understanding my life and world. As I guess are you.

Posted by Stephanie Howe

May 6th 2012

Mr. Nicholson, Firstly, I would like to express my appreciation for your novels, particularly 'Rich and Mad' which I am currently studying as part of a module in 'Children's Literature' at Kingston University. I find the subject of 'adult realism' interesting in respect to children's fiction, and whether novel's that introduce such ideolgies are suitable for children to read. Many writers believe that children should leap from children's fantasy novels to that of adult realism, which I altogether disagree with. Although 'Rich and Mad' is not the only contemporary teenage novel to indulge in the ideas of sex, relationships and violence, your handling of such content surpassed my previous resentment towards controversial issues. Your portrayal of Maddy Fisher enthralled me due to the sheer honesty of her character. Whilst she is young, she does not conform to society's collective opinion of teenage naivety. In comparison to other novels such as Melvin Burgess's 'Junk' and Jacqueline Wilson's 'Love Lessons' your novel genuinely relates to many of the teenage population. Whilst I am aware that social background has the ability to influence teenagers into drugs and prostitution, not all teenagers are the same and you clearly expressed this. Thank you for representing a young couple that has not succumbed to the pressures of an overtly sexualised twenty-first century Britain. The moral and intellectual ability of teenagers is diminishing due to society's collective opinion. Whilst teenage novels are controversial, I hope many young people pick up this novel and make their own decision on what is acceptable in an ever changing society. I do however, have two questions. Why did Maddy resort to using a beer glass to hit someone over the head? Did you find it important to include this violent behaviour? Many thanks, Stephanie Howe.

William Nicholson responded:

I appreciate your warm response; particularly as you clearly know the field. On Maddy's violence: yes, I did want to show this side of her, partly because I felt, on her behalf, such a build up of rage against Leo that it needed an outlet, and partly because I wanted to indicate that girls have violence in them too. I have had some negative response to this episode, but I ask any critics to look at the violence-saturated world of TV and games, all of which is no-pain fantasy violence, which is desensitising us to the reality of violence. Maddie's action is shocking because she's a real person (I hope) and it's a real reaction.

Posted by Charles W. Nicholson

May 3rd 2012

I live in Delray Beach,Fl.we are from Columbus,Ohio. My Great Aunt wrote two diaries from 1897,1898,1898,1899 and I can't find anyone to tell us if it is good enough for a book or anything at all. I work at Wal-mart and I have had a lot of people say that I should put this in a book.I would like to hear from you if you would like to see it. Bill & Sharon Nicholson.....

William Nicholson responded:

I love it that you have the same name as me, but I'm afraid I can't help you. You don't need a writer, you need a publisher or agent to tell you if your aunt's diaries are good enough to publish. Or how about starting with a local newspaper? From Wal-Mart to the distant past... Could be a story.

Posted by Kisa Jackson

April 30th 2012

Hi there! I was wondering, once you've started writing a book, and you are writing fairly regularly, how many words do you write each day? ( so looking forward to lea mis!! I was a little nervous about it being turned into a film but once I discovered you were involved, I knew it was in safe hands ^^)

William Nicholson responded:

Words per day varies, but when all is going well I can write about five pages a day, about 1500 words. But the next day I may go back and rework it all. As for Les Mis, I think it's going to be great.

Posted by ian Moore

April 28th 2012

Is there a video available for Tv film "The Vision" from 1988. It starred the late Dirk Bogard. I recall seeing at that time. There seems to be a similar storyline with News International and the Sky TV issue at present.

William Nicholson responded:

No, there's nothing. It's a BBC production, and they don't currently make their back catalogue available. You're right about the storyline, though I guess it must look very dated now.

Posted by Jack

April 26th 2012

Hello mr nicholson I am currently planning a book i wish to write and am stuck on how long the book should be considering that it is my first. I though 400 pages would be good. What do you think? Also i am using MS Word so would that equate to 800 because of the double sided printing.

William Nicholson responded:

There's no official length for a book - 400 pages is quite a stretch for a first. I'd settle down to writing your story in the best way you can, and see how it comes out in terms of length. Some excellent books are only 150 pages. Using Word, double spaced, you'll get 250-300 words to a page. A book can be anything from 50,000 words to 150,000 words. So don't worry about that side of things. Concentrate on your writing, and make it terrific.