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Posted by Bex

August 12th 2010

Hi, I was wondering how hard it was for you to find an agent, I have tried many times and I'm on the verge of giving up. Did you ever felt like you never got anywhere? I hope u don't mind me asking these questions.

William Nicholson responded:

I was approached by an agent back at university - those were the days. Yes, it is very hard now. Best to look out for the new young agents. But of course, you have to have something that looks good for them to sell. Get printed somewhere - anywhere - if you can. Then you look real.

Posted by Taylor McAlister

August 12th 2010

I am a massive fan of your work, but I wanted to ask a few questions, if it isn't too much trouble. First off, how is it that you get your inspiration? I'm a big fan of the Wind On Fire series and I read it all the time. It has one of those endings that just leaves you breathless and I can't imagine how you would have come up with it. Second was how did you first get 'discovered'? I mean how did you go about getting published the first time? And did you get your work rejected at all? If so, how did you deal with it? Sorry for all the massive rambling questions, I'm just genuinely curious, I really want to be an author when I complete my VCE studies so I'm just wondering what to expect. Love your work!

William Nicholson responded:

I don't think I was ever discovered. I just kept on writing and getting nowhere until suddenly I got some small breaks. I won a short story competition. I got a radio play accepted. Then I started to get TV work done. And all the time I was getting better. Rejections? All my life. Hard to deal with - impossible, really - but I think after each rejection I sat down and said, So what did I do wrong? The truth is writing takes a lot of practice, and I wasn't good enough in the early days. So take rejection as a demand that you do better - and do better. Don't build your whole world round being successful as a writer. Live your life. It'll all go into the writing in the end.

Posted by Chloe

August 9th 2010

Hi William, This also isn’t a question, just a ramble about how much I loved Rich and Mad, which I came to rather late I’m afraid. I wasn’t in full agreement with Marcus Sedgwick’s Guardian review and his thoughts on the portrayal (or not) of sex in books, but having not read the book, I couldn’t really make an informed opinion of my own. Then hearing Patrick Ness’s counterargument and high praise of it a couple of weeks ago, at a launch party for a book also about teens losing their virginity (Losing It), I thought I’d better get my act together and get on and read it. I agree with Marcus Sedgwick that the explicit details can often be toe-curling or clichéd but in the case of Rich and Mad, it is neither of these. It is unambiguous yet gentle, informative but not patronising. It IS essential that sex is written about and I can’t think of any better medium than fiction. Factual text books are all very well for educating in clinical detail, but where are teens supposed to find out the ‘facts’ of the emotions involved? They can’t always rely on their peers for the truth! We shouldn’t shy away from the topic and we certainly shouldn’t leave it out. Why be scared to tackle a topic that IS part of growing up and IS on every teenager’s mind? Better surely that they read a book like Rich and Mad, discuss it with their friends, and make informed judgements about when and to whom they lose it. Books which discuss sex honestly, should never be underrated for their educational value. I was fascinated when reading it to learn how old you are. Deeply personal I know, but your writing style and language are so pitch perfect, I assumed you must be only recently out of teenagedom yourself! As promised, a ramble, sorry about that. But I just felt compelled to say how much I enjoyed Rich and Mad and how important I feel it is. Oh, and the characters, main story and all it's twists and serious subject matter (Leo Finnigan) are just wonderful too. I was utterly gripped.

William Nicholson responded:

As you can imagine I agree with every word. Writing books is so personal that responses like yours make a serious difference to me. So thank you for taking the trouble and please spread the word.

Posted by Maximilian

August 8th 2010

In the end of "Slaves of the Mastery" in chapter 24, Ira Hath spoke the oath for 101 people and all of them walked towards their home country. But in "Firesong" in chapter one there were only 32 people on the march. What happened to the others?

William Nicholson responded:

There is a very good answer to this very good question, but I've forgotten it. Is there anyone out there who can tell me why I made this apparent mistake? Perhaps it's just a mistake...

Posted by Elizabeth Benedict

August 8th 2010

Not a question but a piece of news: my review of Secret Intensities in today's Boston Globe. http://www.boston.com/ae/books/articles/2010/08/08/vanity_fare_love_and_longing_in_rural_england/?page=1 - I was asked to blurb the book by Soho but liked it so much I thought I could do better by it by reviewing it. Hope this brings you sales and new readers. Best, Elizabeth Benedict www.elizabethbenedict.com www.mentorsmusesmonsters.blogspot.com

William Nicholson responded:

It's a seriously pleasing review for me, as you can imagine, and I really am grateful. It's so hard getting new books noticed, let alone with the care and intelligence you deploy - you're doing a real service. I guess that's the point of reviewing - passing on enthusiasm. Long may you flourish.

Posted by Edith

July 30th 2010

I don't have a question, I just want to say how much I *adored* your YA novel Rich & Mad. I received an advance copy at Book Expo America not knowing anything about it. Somehow I was drawn to pull it off my toppling To Be Read pile & I could not put it down. It's the most fantastic YA romance I've ever read, and I hope every teen in America gets their hands on a copy. I'm so excited to discover this book, and that you have so many others, which I shall now run to read!

William Nicholson responded:

I'm delighted you like my Rich and Mad. Please spread the word - many people are nervous about it.