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Posted by Gavin Rand

August 5th 2009

I'm doing my dissertation on film adaptations. I was wondering why you have chosen not to allow the "Wind On Fire" trilogy to be made into films?

William Nicholson responded:

When I first wrote the books I wanted to establish them in the minds of readers without the overlay of a film version. Once you've seen a film you cease to be able to imagine the characters and settings in your own way again. Also every book is at least five times the length of a film, so much has to be lost, usually to the detriment of the story. My decision therefore was to hold off selling the film rights until the books had been on the market for at least five years. That time is long past - I am willing to sell the film rights to a good company - but no decent offers have proved forthcoming. Maybe one day.

Posted by STEPHEN TINTO

August 5th 2009

I AM IN THE PROCESS OF WRITING A FANTASY BOOK FOR THE TEEN FICTION MARKET- MY QUESTION ESSENTIALLY IS THIS - WERE THERE ANY WRITERS THAT HAVE INFLUENCED THE WAY YOU WRITE FOR CHILDREN / TEENAGERS AND DID YOU SPEND A LOT OF TIME WORKING ON THE STRUCTURE AND PLOT FOR YOUR TRILOGY OR DID YOU TEND TO KNOW INSTINCTIVELY HOW TO PUT TOGETHER A BOOK THAT WAS JUST RIGHT. YOURS, STEPHEN TINTO

William Nicholson responded:

I'm sure I have been influenced without realising it, by writers like CSLewis, Tolkein, Asimov, Herbert and many others. As for structure, yes, I do work out the shape of the book ahead of writing it, and I always plan my endings - but as I write things keep changing, and I roll with that.

Posted by werepup

August 4th 2009

I began writing a horror story for a competition thinking it was for under 16s - but it turns out that anyone of any age can enter. This makes my chances of winning much slimmer. The winning stories will be published in 2010. Should I still try that one or enter another competition for under 16s?

William Nicholson responded:

Send the one story to every competition you can find. Why not?

Posted by Mina Dahabreh

August 3rd 2009

I have a story outline done and I'd be honored if you read it. I very much love reading stories and plays, I, unfortunately do not have the gift of writing a good one. So my question is, do you have the time to read the outline if I sent it?

William Nicholson responded:

I do discourage people to send me their work to read, simply because although of course I have time for one or two, I don't have time for dozens. So sadly I have to say no.

Posted by Daniel

July 31st 2009

Mr. Nicholson, do you ever make trips out to the US for book signings or anything?

William Nicholson responded:

I have done, once; and maybe will again. At present I have no plans.

Posted by Hazel

July 31st 2009

Hey Mr Nicholson! I read your Wind Singer books and thought it was great, and i was wandering if it was going to be made into a film. Will it? So sorry i fyou have been asked this before. From Hazel

William Nicholson responded:

No plans for any films right now. But I live in hope...