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Posted by Eve

November 29th 2010

Where can I have the sneak peak at your script for William the Conqueror? Thanks.

William Nicholson responded:

I'm afraid I can't send it out myself. The producers own the rights to the script, and they tend to control these things tightly until production is done. Which, of course, may never happen.

Posted by jane

November 27th 2010

Hi, I recently read your article in YOU magazine and having discovered my husband's infidelity I found it helpful to read about the male perspective on faithfullness. I wanted to order your book All the Hopeful Lovers, but have read it is a sequel - will I be able to read All the Hopeful Lovers independantly? Thank you Jane

William Nicholson responded:

Yes, All the Hopeful Lovers stands alone as a novel, though it does include characters who have an earlier life in the earlier novel. Please read it - one of my motives in creating the plot was to allow me to communicate what I think few men communicate. I don't know if it will help you. That depends very much on what's going on in your marriage. But it'll certainly give you another perspective on men's nature.

Posted by Alex Wickett

November 26th 2010

I remember reading the wind on fire series when i was in years 6-7 about 7 or 8 years ago. it was amazing. possibly the most facinating series ive ever read. i think you should definately make them into movies! they would be a fantastic watch. do you have any plans?

William Nicholson responded:

I'm unable to cause movies of my books to be made, alas. There must be a well-funded production company to provide the finance. So far no such company has stepped forward. Maybe one day.

Posted by Anna

November 26th 2010

Hello, I'm currently a theatre student at Leeds University and I recently went to see your play Crash at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. I was wondering if you could share with me what your process was of writing dialogue? Did you start writing in a particular order? How did you make sure you distinguished between the characters voices? Was this process typical of other plays you have written?

William Nicholson responded:

Writing dialogue is for me very simple. I do my best to know my characters, and then as I write I 'become' them, each in turn, and allow them to speak in their 'own voice'. I never think to myself, What sort of language would such-and-such a character use? I just enter the character and speak. This has been the case for all my writing. My novels are very dialogue heavy too.

Posted by Jo

November 26th 2010

Hi William, I have loved reading the books in your Wind on Fire Trilogy and Noble Warriors Trilogy. I'm doing a degree in creative writing with a module called 'writing for young people'. I am exploring the transition from adolescence to adulthood and referring to your books. I wondered whether you would have time to write a couple of sentences about why you wanted to write for this age group (if any) and what message(s) you hope to convey. Kind regards, Jo x

William Nicholson responded:

I think I just wanted to write fantasy - to be free to explore my imagination without restraint - and this kind of work seemed to give me the best chance. I've never been all that conscious of the age group of my readers. And I'm certainly not aware of having any message to convey. However, I have noticed that, without intending it, all my views on life do tend to come through. I'd rather not summarise them, for fear of future books becoming preachy.

Posted by Cyril

November 25th 2010

Dear Mr. Nicholson, For a few years now I've been an avid reader (and re-reader) of your books, and it has always been a great pleasure, for which I sincerely wish to thank you! In your works I find delight not only in regard of ideas and narrative, but also in language itself (English is not my native, so maybe that's why). You see, I'm sort of putting together a book of my own, which is a new experience (I'm a music composer by occupation... do you like music by the way, does it inspire you?), and I have found that saying things with the right words is a little bit more difficult than I thought. I wonder how much attention do you pay to your own choice of words and grammar etc.? Does it all come naturally to you or you polish sentence endlessly until (in the end) you're satisfied? Do you set the whole style of narration elaborately for each book or maybe you don't think of it at all (not that any of your books lacked its own style)? Sorry, if these questions seem amateurish! ))) Many thanks in advance for your trouble, and once again - for your wonderful books! I'm looking forward to your new works. Best wishes and regards, C.

William Nicholson responded:

This isn't an easy question to answer, because in a way I don't want to think about the process of writing, I just want to write. If it becomes too self-conscious you become that terrible thing, a stylist - which is another way of saying that how you write is more important than what you write. I try to focus on what I'm saying, and let the words follow. But of course I do care, and I do rewrite, not to polish a sentence, but to get closer to the most complete and most truthful way of saying what I want to say. And yes, I love music and am inspired by music all the time.