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Posted by Karla

June 10th 2012

Your site is a refreshing chngae from the majority of sites I have visited. When I first started visiting web sites I was excited by the potential of the internet as a resource and was very disappointed initially. You have restored my enthusiasm and I thank you for your efforts to share your insights and help the world become a better place.

William Nicholson responded:

Thank you. You're right that I do want to make the world a better place, ridiculous though that ambition may sound. It seems to me that so many of our problems come down to fear, and that fear is created by lack of knowledge of each other. So writers do have a role to play.

Posted by Pilar

June 5th 2012

I first read the Wind on Fire series when I was about 10 years old. They were my favourite books then, as they are now, almost 10 years later. I'm not really sure why, it may be because of the way it's written, which makes you feel in some way part of the story, as if you either knew the characters or even were one of them. But I guess the real reason I love these books so much is because of the bond you created between the Hath family, specially Kestrel and Bowman. I simply love the way they feel about one another, almost being a part of the other's soul. Maybe I'm too sentimental but I have a special kind of sensitivity towards the relationship between people, and that is the thing that caught me since the very beggining of The Wind Singer. Again, I just wanted to thank you because you made three of the most significant books of my teenage years, and of course I hope that you can find a producer that fullfils your expectations to turn the trilogy into the kind of movies it deserve to be.

William Nicholson responded:

I love these books for just the same reason you do - in fact, all the books I ever read that I love share this quality of - I hardly know what to call it - tenderness for people. You may like, now you're older, to take a look at my novels for grown-ups, starting with 'The Secret Intensity of Everyday Life'. Many reviewers and readers have commented on the key element of compassion in this book, and its sequels. I'm a great believer in the fundamental goodness of people, as you'll know from the Wind on Fire books. That philosophy is alive and well in these later novels, I think.

Posted by Jeremy

May 31st 2012

Just wondering if you are a practicing catholic anymore? I always look for successful inspirations and champions of our faith today. I am not starved of it. I was just curious as someone who has had an awesome conversion experience.

William Nicholson responded:

No, I've not been a believer since the age of about 21. But my faith as a child and youth was strong, and I've never lost the memory of what that feels like.

Posted by Rosie warr

May 29th 2012

Hello~ Um in the near but distant future would you be open to the idea of the Wind Singer being made into an animation series/film? Or rather.... What kind of offer are you looking for in regards to it becoming a film... Anything you are totally against or anything you really want...Sorry if this has been asked before o.o'' Thank you for your time :)

William Nicholson responded:

I'm definitely open to the Wind Singer being made into a film, but I would want to be sure that the production company doing it were able to make a good job of it. It would be quite a costly project, I think. But if the right offer comes along, I'll say yes.

Posted by Sam

May 26th 2012

I need to write a diary of Seeker using the events from Jango. I don't have a copy of the book with me so I'm using my memory and the internet. Could you please tell me what the Orlans call horses and also when Seeker has the vision of the all and only he thinks of a word to describe himself and thinks of the word Jango. What did he say Jango meant in the book?

William Nicholson responded:

Jango is the name of a character - the true nature of Jango is one of the trilogy's revelations, which I don't want to give here. Not sure about the horses. Sorry to be so useless, but it's been many years since I wrote the books. I suspect you know more than I do now.

Posted by Kiran Sahota

May 24th 2012

Hi there, I am a third year student just about to finish my degree in childrens literature and I am answering a question that includes your book. The question is... ‘Adventure and excitement are essential qualities in a children’s book, and it is surprising how much violence they contain.’ Do you agree? Are you surprised? I wanted to know your view on your own book, do you think that your book is appropriate for young readers? If you would answer this for me, I would be very greatful. Thank you

William Nicholson responded:

I do agree that there's a lot of violence in some children's books. No, I'm not surprised. Violence is one of the great realities of life, and it does children no favours to pretend otherwise. What they need is not sheltering, but arming, and the way you arm people to withstand violence is to make them familiar with its roots, its nature, and the ways we have of responding to it. For myself, I hate the use of violence in a story, whether for children or grown-ups, that has no moral context. By this I don't mean that it teaches a lesson. I mean that the account of violence includes some understanding of where it comes from, what effect it has, what price is paid, what the perpetrators and victims feel about it. Violence used simply for thrills is something else. Very common - look at video games - and not my thing at all.