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Posted by mary evans

September 29th 2010

Have just got back from your talk in Alfriston tonight (far too short) -did you know that recently there was an exhibition, at the Towner gallery of the paintings of Eric Ravilous, many of the Sussex countryside including Furlongs, which I believe features in your new book ?

William Nicholson responded:

One of the other guests last night also told me of Ravilious's focus on Furlongs - which I hadn't known - so I shall get hold of a reproduction and put it on my wall. One of the joys of writing fiction based so solidly in the real world is that these kinds of links, or echoes, happen all the time.

Posted by Bethan Kitchen

September 29th 2010

I am aware that this may be a little far-fetched, but after reading and fully enjoying some of your work I feel I am obliged to at least ask. I am hoping to become a writer of novels, and also hopefully screen-plays and other texts throughout my life, and just wondered if there was any possibility of some work experience with you? Or even just an oppurtunity to chat to you about your work and how you got to where you are. I am happy to send you some of my work if you'd like, just let me know. Thank you, Bethan Kitchen, 16 years.

William Nicholson responded:

I'm really sorry, but I'm not in that sense an employer - I have no work for you to have work experience of - other than sitting and watching me think. I'm very impressed that you're thinking boldly about how to develop your own work, and can only urge you to start right away and do your own writing. The experience that will help your writing is the life you're leading: that's going to be the source of all your work, and it's happening right now. So if you make a habit of seeing clearly what's happening round you, and writing about it, you will become a good writer. Plus read the writing of others. There isn't really any other short cut. Good luck.

Posted by Scarlet

September 27th 2010

Thank for answering my questions, but i have some more. Are you working on a new fantasy book and any tip make i really good book i have heaps of ideas.

William Nicholson responded:

Yes, I do plan to write another fantasy book. I'm not talking about it yet. And tips for your writing: pick one of your many ideas and actually write it. This is the part most people fail to do.

Posted by Jack Rigby

September 27th 2010

Hi there, After greatly enjoying the Wind on Fire Trilogy when I was younger (and still do today), I'm now in the process of writing an essay looking at the Wind Singer from a feminist perspective for my A2 level. I was wondering if you might be able to tell me what direction you wanted to go with your female characters, such as perhaps why Kestrel becomes the main heroine, and seems placed more prominently than Bowman, and your decision to give her the characteristics you gave her, was it a natural move for her to be strong and independent or whether you pre-intended to have a strong female lead. Any help, or comments on what you were envisioning when writing the novel would be much appreciated, Thank you

William Nicholson responded:

It wasn't a conscious decision on my part. The two protagonists are in a way both me, split down the middle. In all my writing I create main female characters, but it always feels as if I'm writing from within myself, whatever the gender. I don't have any political purpose in this. Writing is a very instinctive process, all about being true to one's perception of life, and it can easily be sabotaged by trying to deliver a message. So I will leave any analysis of my work to others.

Posted by Scarlet

September 27th 2010

hey, i have read all your fantasy books and i have 2 questions. 1: is there going to be any more because i loved them 2: have you ever thouht of making them into movies cause i so want to watch them.

William Nicholson responded:

Yes, there will definitely be more fantasy books. As for movies, that's out of my hands. Maybe one day some good production company will step forward, but right now there's no one in sight.

Posted by Levi

September 24th 2010

Hello William. I read your book SEEKER, and i could not put the book down. I hope you get to make the noble warriors into a moive!!! i dont really have a question, but i Hope that someday, i will be watching tv and an ad for seeker ( the movie ) will show and i will jump up and scream and say WE HAVE TO SEE THAT! In my school, it was hard to get a copy of the book :) Do you think you will ever get it made into a movie???

William Nicholson responded:

I did have a go at getting it made as a movie, but that has gone nowhere. So I don't hold out much hope, I'm afraid. Have you tried reading the two books that follow 'Seeker'? They're called 'Jango' and 'Noman'.