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Posted by Jeremy K

December 14th 2009

Hello Mr. Nicholson, I'm a 16 year old who never gets sick of reading your books, no matter how many times I read it. I was just wondering, as I've read somewhere that you're Catholic, whether or not religion, specifically the chapter of Revelation in the Bible, influenced the way you wrote? It's just that I read Slaves of the Mastery and Firesong, and I can't help but draw parallels between the prophecies in the Bible and the prophecies in your book... Many thanks! I've always wondered and I thought maybe I was reading too deeply into it (or I'm strangely obsessed with my religion, ha)

William Nicholson responded:

I was raised as a Catholic, but moved away from faith in my adult years. However, as you can tell from my books, religious belief still fascinates me. I don't think Revelation is a special part of the Bible for me, but of course there are echoes of the Bible all through my work. Sometimes I think of my fantasy writing as the pursuit of religious belief without having to insist that it's actually true...

Posted by Barbara Walsh

December 13th 2009

Good Afternoon, I recently saw the movie "Firelight" and enjoyed it immensely, what inspired it.? I am a 76 year old Grandmother my father was born in1883 and I was privileged to know my paternal grandmother. I have a particular interest in the English working and servant class of the time period my grandmother was herself a governess. I have and still do spend a good deal of time in historical reading. Thank you for a very enjoyable visit into the l800's the film was particularly well done as have been your other films. I am a native of Chester,Cheshire but now reside in the United States. I look forward to spending more time with your work. Barbara Walsh

William Nicholson responded:

Oddly enough, perhaps, I think the inspiration behind the film was parenting issues. My children were then quite young, and I was very interested in how to raise a child with self-discipline but also with a free creative imagination. The governess/mother faces both issues, and resolves them in, I think, an interesting way. Have you seen the film of Shadowlands, another of my works? I think you'd like it.

Posted by Charlotte

December 13th 2009

Just to let you know that (as I warned you I was going to) I have given "Secret Intensity" to quite a few of my friends and recommended it to others. The ones who've read it so far have made a point of telling me how much they loved it - especially the women, whatever that may indicate... (Oh, and one said she'd wanted to give it to her older sister, but was worried it was a bit too naughty!) Looking forward to "Rich and Mad"; I shall pounce as soon as it is out. Best wishes, Charlotte

William Nicholson responded:

I'm delighted your friends are supporting your own view of Secret Intensity. For the ones who might not appreciate the (very few) rude bits, you might do what I did with my 93-year-old mother, and put a paper-clip in the relevant pages, so they can be skipped. I've now finished a second novel that will come as a sequel to Secret Intensity, picking up some of the characters eight years later. It's called All the Hopeful Lovers, and will be published later next year.

Posted by Anthony

December 10th 2009

I love the Tudor period and the theatre I am involved in have allowed me to direct your wonderful play "Katherine Howard". Any advise you may have would be appreciated greatly ! Also, I have wondered why it appears this play has not been performed in Australia before ? Or am I incorrect ?

William Nicholson responded:

I too love this play of mine, but the plain fact is that when it first appeared in the UK - at the Chichester Festival - it failed to win much attention. Add to that the fact that it demands a fairly large cast, and the result is it's not well known at all. The original production, with Richard Griffiths as Henry, was terrific, but I'm still hoping for a new definitive production that will put it on the map, as it were. I'm delighted you're planning to do it.

Posted by Georgia Goold-Jones

December 6th 2009

Hello, I'm a 16 year old girl from south Wales and my favourites books are your wind on fire series. They always have been ever since I bought and read them years ago. I have two questions actually. Number 1: Your ending to 'Firesong' was one of the most ingenious twists I have ever read in a book, and the final chapter brought a tear to my eye. My question is, was it always your plan to have Kestrel go with the singers? Or did you originally play to have Bowman go? Question 2: Where oh where could I get first edition copies of this trilogy?! In years to come they would be among my most treasured possesions, as are the beaten up, well thumbed copies I have now.

William Nicholson responded:

It was always my plan to have Kestrel make the final sacrifice, and for Bowman to be 'the meeting place', that is, the mid-point between kindness and action (as the cycles are called in the books). If you were to read through again you'd see that these conclusions are planted throughout - though not in the first book. When I wrote the Wind Singer I had no idea I would be adding two more books. At the last minute, as publication was coming near, after I'd realised I was going to continue the story, I inserted an extra line in the old Manth round the map, which refers to 'Sirene'. This is the only hint in the Wind Singer that there is more to come. As for first editions: I have a large number of what I must call original editions of the Wind Singer - that is, the original hardback version - but they're not the actual first edition. I can certainly let you have one of these, at no cost, if you send me your address. If you prefer not to put your address on this site, then write to my publisher, Egmont (address in all the books), and they'll pass it on to me. I have too few original copies of the other two books to part with any. What I have in large numbers is hardback copies of foreign editions of the other two books. The American edition is very handsome. I'm more than happy to pass these on at no charge to people who would value them. But this still doesn't meet your requirement for actual first editions. It's possible there are sellers out there on eBay?

Posted by Sally

December 5th 2009

Your book the windsinger was amazing! But i would like to ask what inspired you to make mumpo the hero? Thanks for your time :]

William Nicholson responded:

I'm pleased you think of Mumpo as the hero. He started out as a kind of joke but I just got to love him so much, so I decided he was worth more. I asked myself what he would be good at - and his achievements grew from there.