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Posted by Millie

September 19th 2009

hi, we are currently reading the "Wind Singer"in our english class.As I continue to study and delve deeper in to the book and its characters i found how harsh a place it was and what kind of things the people as families were put through. I was just wondering whether the characters in the story are linked to you in anyway or if they are just fantasy?And whether Aramanth was based on a town or city you knew/know? Thanks very much!!!!!!!!!

William Nicholson responded:

The characters are in many ways based on myself, my family, and so on; but always I use a little bit from here and a little bit from there, if you see what I mean. Aramanth is made up, but the horrible exam-based system is a little like our own exam-based system, don't you think?

Posted by Charlie Phillips

September 18th 2009

Hi My year 9 clas are also reading the Wind Singer and we need to find out why you started to write and what inspired you.please resond to my question thank you for your time

William Nicholson responded:

Check out the Q&A section on this site, it'll tell you quite a lot. As for why I started to write - I love books, and always have. That made me want to write stories of my own. Why don't you try it? It's the best fun.

Posted by Nicole

September 18th 2009

I have to research you and your books and novels for homework. So, i was wondering, how many books have you written in your lifetime?

William Nicholson responded:

All my published books are listed on this website. There's about another eight that haven't been published.

Posted by marcus

September 18th 2009

what has ur life been like since u have writen the book

William Nicholson responded:

Not so bad, thank you. Much of my time has been occupied writing other books.

Posted by lisa robinson

September 17th 2009

hello, in my year 9 class at my school we are reading your book the wind singer, and we all find it very in tresting. and my class have been given a homework to find out why you wrote the book, what made you come up with the idea, whos you favourit charter, di you base any of them on yourself. i would be very gratefull if you reply to my questions. bye.

William Nicholson responded:

The characters are certainly based on bits of me and bits of my family, as well as many other people. Pinpin is based on my younger daughter, as she was when she was little. Ira Manth is very like my mother. Kestrel, Bowman and Mumpo are all parts of me.

Posted by Kyri

September 17th 2009

HI, I am currently reading "The Wind Singer" in my English class, and I am finding it more and more interesting as I continue to study and delve deeper into the storyline and all the characters. I would be interested to know where you got ideas for the story, and which place did you base the city of Aramanth on? I am really feeling the harshness of the book, and all the tests that take place, and as i read it, i realize how terrible the place of Aramanth is. I would really be grateful if you could answer these questions for my homework. Thank you.

William Nicholson responded:

Aramanth isn't based on any real city, but the mad way it's run is a sort of extreme version of what has been happening in our own world. I really don't like the way tests have taken over as the only way people and schools are measured. So if it seems harsh, that's good.