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Posted by Lucy

July 20th 2011

Dear William NIcholson, You came to my school Weald of Kent not long ago. I don't know why it has taken me such a long time to start reading your books but I have now, read 'The Wind Singer' and am starting on 'Slaves of the Mastery'. I have often wondered what had inspired you for all of these characters and do you have any tips on creating inspiring characters. I love Kestrel because she is similar to me in the way that I am a girl and like to think of myself as brave and maybe even grumpy at times. Do you feel related to any of the characters in any way? And lastly, do you have an address I can write to you with because I'd love to ask you loads more questions!! Lucy Age 12

William Nicholson responded:

Sounds like you're a writer. Characters emerge really from your self or from people you know - not as exact copies, but using bits of them. Try writing a character imagining it's someone you know, but dressed up - see what happens. As for letters, you can write to me care of my publisher, but I'm rubbish and slow at answering real letters - much quicker on this site.

Posted by Anne Wareham

July 18th 2011

Ah - that thing of asking for questions when all people want to do is make statements. Hi - we met at Ways with Words - you were kind in a rather uncosy context for me: much appreciated. I am the garden counter culture. Loved your talk - took me to your novels and am loving them: astute. Wanted to say: it is a modern tragedy, I think - that I am the one woman who can never give my husband what he would most love to have, no matter how much I wish I could. I cannot give him a new woman and the erotic charge and delight of being in love. Almost any attractive woman could give him that: bar me. I can't be one and I couldn't bear him having one. But I wouldn't deny him that were it possible. Insoluble. Should tell you what I love about your books but this is too long now! Next time! XXXXX Anne

William Nicholson responded:

I think your insight is brilliant. All of us, men and women, love the charge of new love; but I guess most of us make the deal, losing that charge and gaining security of love. Some people claim to be able to tolerate such adventures in their partners, but I'm not convinced it can ever work.

Posted by Jo

July 17th 2011

Thanks for replying to the inquiries on the Les Miserables film project. I am looking forward to the film version very much. My question - will you retain the sung-through format basically? Or will it be part full songs, part recitatives, and part spoken dialog? If completely sung-through, are you also collaborating with the team of Boublil and Schonberg?

William Nicholson responded:

Les Miserables is the creation of Boublil and Schonberg and naturally they remain in key position throughout. We are planning to introduce some spoken dialogue, so not full sung-through as on stage.

Posted by David

July 15th 2011

Found it, I got a copy off my friend whom it must of been written for: your buttocks are the pillows of my dreams< Jango> Thanks for the great line, now time to re-read a great book,

William Nicholson responded:

I hope your friend approves of that. Glad you found it.

Posted by Grace Allinson

July 15th 2011

Thank you for coming into my school today. I really enjoyed your talk. My school is Applemore College. Hope you enjoyed Harry Potter! Did you enjoy coming into my school? How many schools do you go to in a month?

William Nicholson responded:

I loved coming to your school. I do about one school talk a month. And the last Harry Potter film was excellent. What a journey it's been!

Posted by Grace Allinson

July 15th 2011

Do you enjoy going into schools and talking about your books?

William Nicholson responded:

I do enjoy it. I find it quite tiring too, because I get all enthusiastic as I talk. But it's great to meet people who either do read my books, or might in the future. I like the direct connection.