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Posted by Sara Grochowski

June 21st 2010

I just wanted to let you know that I'm extremely excited about your novel RICH AND MAD. I live in the the US, so I'll have to wait until September to read it, but it looks fabulous. After snooping around your website, I stumbled across your "Why I wrote it" section, which has even further piqued my interest. This week on my book blog (The Hiding Spot) I featured RICH AND MAD as the Cover of the Week. If you're interested, the post can be viewed here: http://tinyurl.com/34jkaws. September can't come soon enough!

William Nicholson responded:

Thanks for spreading the word. Let me know what you think when you read it.

Posted by jan castillo

June 20th 2010

where'd you get the morah's name?

William Nicholson responded:

I don't really know. Maybe it comes from one of my pet themes, which is that our consumer society makes us always want more, and that in itself causes most of our ills. But there was no conscious process - it just felt right.

Posted by Moonsik Chung

June 20th 2010

I am very excited to know The Noble Warriors is going to make a movie. My question is which studio is preparing for this project? Are you participating screenplay too?

William Nicholson responded:

I'm afraid it doesn't look like it's going to happen. The studio is/was Sony, but the project is currently going nowhere. The screenplay has been written by me.

Posted by Laura

June 19th 2010

Do you have full instructions for the Tantaraza? Has it been created? I'm a dancer and I'd love love love to either learn or create this dance. =)

William Nicholson responded:

The tantaraza is a dance invented by myself, and what I've written in the book is all there is about it. Maybe you could create your own version of it based on what I've offered. If you do, let me know - I'd love to see it in action.

Posted by Cecilia Burkhart

June 17th 2010

Just returned to your website and was excited to hear you have written a sequel to "The Secret Intensity" book. Anticipating how you extend this story. I enjoyed the first book even though as an American a few details left me wondering. I guess if I were British I would have a greater understanding of the finer points in the detail of the writing. But I thoroughly enjoyed the story as I feel most of us on this earth have -secret intensities- and we sometimes have trouble keeping them in their intended place in our lives. I recently saw a movie that made a statement-"when a man dies his secrets bond together like crystals". This seems so true. Even my own children will not know let alone understand my secret intensities. But I think they may have their own and so on it goes. Part of the human condition? Truly my main reason in writing is to ask about the writing you were beginning on 1066. Has that come to fruition? I understood that would become a film. Since that would encompass a portion of history I know little about I am looking forward to seeing this brought to life. Even though history can be rewritten to suit our bias' and politics, for the most part I enjoy it in film and hope that it is recounted too some degree in truth. Maybe I should also read the book. You are a fascinating writer who encompasses a great variety of subjects. Please continue. I don't think I will ever tire of what you have to offer. Thanks for offering this format for our questions. You are a rare individual who seems to be able to put up with us inept but sincere people who are curious. I love the different. Am currently reading Anne Michaels "Fugitive Pieces" after seeing the film. She certainly is a very different yet fascinating writer as well. Please don't ever tire of the different. It helps some of us who tend to live mundane lives and have little hope of getting beyond that. Thus the secret intensities. Thank you for your answer ahead of time. Sincerely, Cecilia Burkhart

William Nicholson responded:

My 1066 screenplay is done and we're in the process of seeing if it can attract the right level of director/cast - always a tricky and uncertain process, especially nowadays. So we'll see. The new novel comes out here in the UK in September, and I'm now planning the third. I love being able to track characters through time, using them to explore my own passions and doubts. Little by little I'm building a world. Don't speak of your responses as inept - the reader completes the process the writer begins. We need each other.

Posted by Geo

June 17th 2010

Mr. Nicholson, I am a sophomore in high school, and I just finished reading your very well-written trilogy, "The Noble Warriors". And let me be one of the many people to praise you for how amazing your series is. The plot, the characters, the setting, the choice of words, everything. I especially love how all the elements that were introduced at the start of the story, all somehow intertwine in the end. Really, really clever. I'm so glad I was lucky enough to come across such awesome books. I just couldn't put them down. The whole time, I was thinking, "Wow, this should be made into a movie!" I was very amused with each page. How did you get inspired to write such a memorizing story like this? Are some of the characters in the book inspired from the people in your life? These books are just simply one of a kind. I am far from an avid reader, but I can honestly say that these are the best books anyone will ever find. Your newest fan, Geo

William Nicholson responded:

God, I love posts like this. I put so much into my Noble Warriors, and sometimes I get the feeling there's no one out there who gets it. So thank you. I was asked by Sony to turn the first book into a movie, but it never got beyond the screenplay stage. So it looks like the books will have to live on in the imagination of their readers, which is the right place. I love it that you call them 'one of a kind', because of course that's what I feel - that they're highly unusual, and go places other books don't go. But all writers think that. My characters come from myself, of course, and also from all the people my life has caused me to know and love - that's how it works, nothing comes from nowhere - but I'd be hard pressed to say that A is B, or anything as simple as that. The joy of fantasy writing is that it's driven by the subconscious, and that's where I want it to stay.