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Posted by Zoe

March 1st 2012

When will the firesong trilogy be made into a film? Also I would love to audition for Kestrel in the last two books.

William Nicholson responded:

Nothing doing for now, alas.

Posted by Chikako Nakanishi

March 1st 2012

Dear Mr. Nicholson, I’m writing in regard to your novel, The Wind Singer, which I greatly enjoyed. My name is Chikako Nakanishi. I’m a Master’s student of Applied Translation Studies at the University of Leeds. Now I’m working on my summer project for the course. In the project, I’ll translate4000-5000words of an English text, which has not been translated previously into Japanese, and then write a commentary (1500words) for my translation. For my future as a literary translator, I’d really like to translate your novel, The Wind Singer. As far as I have been able to find, the book has not been translated into Japanese. Could you please confirm that this is the case? If it has not yet been translated into Japanese, I would like to seek permission to do so. Thank you in advance. Kind regards, Chikako Nakanishi

William Nicholson responded:

I'm afraid The Wind Singer has been translated and published in Japan - by Tokuma Shoten, I believe.

Posted by Simon Harwood

February 19th 2012

Read the Times article and just finished the east Sussex trilogy. 48 yrs old, just married (2nd time around) starting again with a new set of adopted kids ! ! Your books are an escape to a world that is already my reality , weird. What happens to Henry and poor Roddy ? I need the next installment, regards Simon from Leigh on sea, Essex

William Nicholson responded:

There is another instalment on the way, called MOTHERLAND, but it goes back into the past, to follow the lives of characters who become the ancestors of the current crop. It's a much bigger book, quite ambitious, and I'm very proud of it. I only hope you're ready to find Edenfield full of Canadian troops, in 1942...

Posted by Deborah Hale

February 16th 2012

Just wanted to say how beautiful the scene from First Knight was when Guinevere was returned from Malagant and she ran into the sanctuary to Arthur with her covering flowing. This movie has touched my life forever. Silly? Thank you.

William Nicholson responded:

Never silly. How great that the movie still works after so long.

Posted by Lizzie

February 15th 2012

Hi Mr. Nicholson. First of all I wanted to express how much I love your Wind On Fire trilogy - they were books I read as a child and now rereading them I feel that they are stories I will continue to take with me through life. I am so in love with the characters and feel your writing has had an enormously profound effect on me as an aspiring writer myself. I am currently writing my first feature length screenplay of which the first draft is nearly done, though I feel that the story is far from being finished. There is an intense pressure from those around me who are urging me to finish it so that I can 'get it out into the world' and I find it hard responding to this. I read in your answer to an earlier question that good writing takes time and I was wondering if you could give advice to a young screenwriter who wants to succeed, but is finding a conflict between the process of writing a screenplay and the people around me who are so eager to see it finished. I believe they think the time it's taking me is due to laziness rather than care, yet I know in the professional world of screenwriting one must strike a balance in the time it takes to write one alongside the pressure of getting it done. Thanks so much, and thank you for writing The Wind On Fire trilogy. It's beautiful.

William Nicholson responded:

I'm very sympathetic to your problem. Yes, it's true that good writing takes time. However, I don't mean that any one piece takes time. Cumulatively, work by work, you get better. The key to the process is exposure of your work to the responses of others. It's not comfortable, but it's vital. My guess is that you're not lazy at all, but that you are afraid. You want your work to be perfect before you show it; or at least as good as you can get it. I think this is a mistake. Better to write fast and expose your work, then to rewrite, than to brood over it alone for ages. Screenwriting, even more than other forms, only works if it communicates well. You can test this on almost anybody. So I guess what I'm saying is by all means hold it back from the final crucial professional test, whatever that might be, but don't hold it back from scrutiny by those around you. You should find that their response energises you and improves the work.

Posted by Kathy

February 8th 2012

So excited about the Les Miserable movie! A question I have about that - do you know what accents will be used? Since it's set in France, will it be French accents? It's also a West End musical, will it be British accents? But it's a Hollywood movie, will it be generic American? So curious about that! Thanks for the response and can't wait for the film.

William Nicholson responded:

I don't know the answer myself yet. I think, as a Brit musical, the accents will be largely British. Certainly there'll be no attempt at cod-French.