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Posted by Val Hewertson

July 11th 2010

After reading the Observer Review a few weeks ago, I've just finished Secret Intensity which I loved and am glad to see the sequel is out in September. I'll also be getting Rich and Mad for my teenagers. Keep them coming please...!

William Nicholson responded:

I'm really pleased you liked my two most recent books. Rich and Mad is a one-off, I think, but the Secret Intensity world is rather taking me over. All the Hopeful Lovers comes out in September (in hardback), and I'm now planning the third one in the sequence. This method means I can keep on going deeper and deeper into my characters' lives.

Posted by yasmin steers

July 10th 2010

hi, im a big fan of your 6 fantasy books (i found them in the school libary) and i was wondering, what do the characters look like? i know that wildman has golden hair, but what about kestrel, bowman, pin-pin, mumpo, seeker, morning star ect. look like?

William Nicholson responded:

Not many people work out that I've written two fantasy trilogies. In a way all six books follow on from each other, even though in two different worlds. As for what they look like, I'm afraid I can't add to what's on the page. When I began I very much wanted readers to create their own image of my characters, because I believe that reading is collaborative - you and I make the story together - which means every reader's experience is unique. That's why I asked the original publisher not to put pictures of any character on the cover. Since then there have been so many editions in so many countries that I've kind of given up protesting. But I'd still rather you joined me in the act of creation.

Posted by Seán

July 8th 2010

I finished the first draft of my fantasy novel a few weeks ago. This set me over the moon, the novel being planned out in my mind for three years and the first draft has been re-written twice already. I left it a few weeks so it would settle before editting but when I went to edit it, I was hit with a flash of inspiration. Basically, instead of killing the King off in the first chapter, he's going to live until the midpoint or so. This is to make the plot twist all the more shocking. Now when I thought about how to go about this, I have to write the new chapters for the start and edit the later chapters to suit. This will take a very long time. Have you any advice for keeping the passion for a piece of writing during the editing process? This one change will take quite some time to do, and I'm sure it will be the first of many changes. While it is great that I'm now polishing my novel and turning it into the masterpiece that I know is hidden in my head, it's quite exhausting mentally to know I'll be at this for a good few weeks and most likely months before it's completed.

William Nicholson responded:

I know this stage, and it is very hard. I suggest you give yourself a further break - maybe for a few days turn your mind to what you might write next - and then back to the novel and start planning in detail how you'll make your new beginning. It's very like doing a route march, really. Rests give you new strength. Many times in my screenwriting career I've had to re-inspire myself to do a new draft, and I've always been astonished at how one can find the excitement returning.

Posted by Holly

July 6th 2010

My name is Holly and I run Good Golly Miss Holly, a young Adult book blog boasting more than 400 followers. RICH AND MAD has specifically been requested by the participants of my ARC Tours so thought I'd just shoot through an email to see if you were interested in donating a copy to the tours. It will receive a trip around the world and 10 reviews posted on various YA blogs. Let me know, Holly

William Nicholson responded:

I'll pass this on to the publishers right away - but where are you? From your email address I guess Australia.

Posted by casey

July 5th 2010

are u going to rite eny more books for kids about 13-15

William Nicholson responded:

My latest is Rich and Mad - this website has details. After that, yes, I'm sure I'll be writing more, though not for a year or so.

Posted by Laura Resnick

July 3rd 2010

Dear Mr. Nicholson, I read The Wind on Fire Trilogy in my early teens, and have re-read it several times since. I just finished another re-read-- I'm now 21! I continue to find deeper meaning in its pages. It both comforts and inspires me, and reminds me that love for those around me is the greatest gift. How do you come up with your characters? I am always struck by how rich each character is, particularly Kestrel and Hanno Hath. Do you remember the characters you've created every day, like they're close friends or family? Thank you so much for your writing and imagination. With gratitude, Laura

William Nicholson responded:

My characters come out of my own life, of course, and from my own conviction that all people are fundamentally good. I'm so glad you've found more to the books on re-reading. I've put so much into them. Yes, the characters are like friends to me. The ones most present are the ones I've written about most recently - my website tells you what I'm up to these days. You may like to try another of my books - maybe my second fantasy trilogy, The Noble Warriors. Or my young love story, Rich and Mad. There's all my love in all of them.