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Here are Michelle’s most recent answers to the questions and messages readers have submitted.

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I am doing a school project

More like dark matter and thin air?

What happens next?

Thank you so much for giving us wonderful stories!

wolf brother

Will there be more books in the series

Birthday Books

Chronicles of Ancient Darkness

name for my little cub

Wolf Brother

Wolf Brother translations

Kit writes...

Hello Miss Paver,

I've been a fan of your Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series for 16/17 years and am recently revisiting them. Wolf Brother is the first and only book I remember reading where I was immediately sucked in by the first sentence, and Spirit Walker is the only book in recent years I've read all the way through in 1 day. I absolutely love this series and I can't wait to read the sequel 3 for the first time.
Some lead up info for my Q: I'm in the process of learning Dutch and had the thought that it'd be fun to have the goal of being able to read the Dutch translation of Wolf Brother and the other books, and I was able to find in the Wikipedia article that a Dutch translation of the series was made, but I can't find the name of it or the printing house for the life of me.
So, my question is, would you happen to know the name of either the series or publisher, or what the best way to get a translation of your books would be?
Even if you don't, I appreciate your reading this and am sending well wishes to you and yours.
Thank you,

Michelle Replies...

Dear Kit, Thanks for your question - and I'm so pleased that you enjoyed the books as a child, and it's great that you still are!  The first six books were originally published in Holland and Belgium by the house of books: sometimes abbreviated to thb, Wolf Brother was called "Torak en Wolf", its ISBN ws 9044312235, and the series title was "avonturen uit een magisch verleden". It was translated by Ellis Post Uiterweer, who translated the other five books as well.  I've got all this from my copy of the Dutch volumes,  but I have a hazy recollection that the house of books may have been taken over by another publishing house, I can't recall which.  I hope the information I've given you will help you track down a copy.  Maybe or similar could help?  Anyway, good luck - and good luck with your Dutch studies, too!  With best wishes, Michelle

Ghost Hunter

Sam writes...

When exactly is souls night is it around the winter solstice or Christmas Eve

Michelle Replies...

Dear Sam, Many thanks for your question.  Souls' Night occurs in the dark of the Blackthorn Moon.  This means that it corresponds roughly to our Hallowe'en, ie the end of October  - although of course Torak's people reckoned by the phases of the moon,  rather than sticking to a rigid calendar, as we do.   I hope this helps!  Best wishes, Michelle

Thank You

Karolina and Iza writes...

Dear Michelle Paver,

We (together with my sister) would like to thank you for the series of books which you have written ‘Chronicles of Ancient Darkness’. We read this series when we were children and it is like the ‘Harry Potter’ series for us - we grew up with it and it had a big influence on us.
Especially the advice that Torak heard from Fin-Kedinn, when he was overthinking about his problems, to focus only on one mesh at a time, during the process of making a fishing net. This advice we still apply now in our own lives and advise it to others.
We hope that you will read this message.

Thank you.
Karolina and Iza from Poland

Michelle Replies...

Dear Karolina and Iza, Thank you so much for your lovely message, and  I'm absolutely delighted that you've enjoyed my Chronicles of Ancient Darkness stories!  I'm particularly pleased that you liked and have been helped by Fin-Kedinn's advice to Torak.  Fin-Kedinn has always been one of my favourite characters, and I often think about the various things he has told Torak, Renn and Dark, over the course of the series. (That might sound a bit weird, given that I created him; but it's true.)  Thank you both again so much for getting in touch - and may the guardian run with you!

With very best wishes, Michelle

Growing up with your books

Rosie writes...

The first time I read one of your books was when I bought Wolf Brother in a waterstones at the age of about 10. I was completely infatuated and bought the rest of the series which I can safely say for the last 9 years i’ve read religiously and was prepared whenever a new one was published. I’m 19 now and off to University in 2 weeks. For the most recent christmas, My family bought your whole book set for me again in a less beaten and overly read form and I’m pleased to say it’s one of the first things I packed to take. I grew up reading the Wolf Brother series and genuinely it helped me in ways I can’t even explain. They inspired me and even now i’m going into a Creative Writing degree to write for people the way you wrote for so many. So from the heart of my inner child whom your books basically raised, thank you so much.

Michelle Replies...

Dear Rosie,

Thank you for such a wonderful and moving message.  I can't tell you how pleased I am that the Wolf Brother stories have helped you, and been part of your life.  And I'm honoured that you'll be taking them with you when you start at University - particularly as you'll be studying Creative Writing.   May the guardian run with you - and may your own writing go from strength to strength!  With very best wishes, Michelle

The art of building suspense in words

Daniel writes...

Hi Michelle

I first read Dark Matter sometime ago (maybe 6/7 years ago) and I remember not only at the time what an unbelievable chilling read it was, but how it haunted me with my own imagination and imagery thereafter. I've not been able to read it since yet it remains in my top 10 books of all time.

I have now just finished Wakenhyrst. Long overdue I'll admit as life gets in the way but a week away and you've drawn me in again. Your writing is fantastic and eloquently broken down in its structure of prose and diary entries.

I guess part of this is praise, a hope one day I can get the time in to get a signed copy from you, but really the question is how do you build suspense on pages?
In other media forms, music, acting, lighting, words (or the absence of) do so well, but you seem to do this phenomenally well I'm sure many of your readers agree.

I have read many many books across a broad spectrum and I liken your story telling to the Eddings fantasy tales and the twists and turns of Dean Koontz ,but neither and beyond have captured the chilling imagery you seem to put into my brain, and the satisfaction having not read cover to cover in a while that you have delivered.

Whilst I haven't read your teenage fantasy I encourage my girls to read them and I hope they see the same art that I do.

Bravo. I hope I can maybe catch you in the lake district or Lancaster once upon a time. I look forward to your next tale.

Michelle Replies...

Dear David,

What a wonderful message to receive!  I'm delighted that you've enjoyed not only Dark Matter, but Wakenhyrst, too; and I'm particularly pleased that my imagery has proved memorable.  Your question about how I build suspense is an excellent one, but I find it very hard to answer.  For me, building suspense is partly objective, that is, planning what the reader should be told and when, as well as what questions to raise in the reader's mind, and when. But then the subjective bit comes in.  By that I mean the imagery and the other details and events which just seem to well up from the unconscious, particularly as one gets deeper and deeper into writing the story, and identifies more strongly with the characters.  You can't plan for that, and it's my favourite part of writing; but it's also the most mysterious.

There you go, I've had a stab at answering you.  Thank you so much for getting in touch - and I really hope that you continue to enjoy my stories.  With very best wishes, Michelle

More books please

Kathy writes...

Hi we love your books I’ve read all of them could u pls consider making a book thank you, Kathy and isobelle

Michelle Replies...

Dear Kathy and Isobelle, I'm delighted that you've read and enjoyed all my books!  I am indeed still writing, but it's a ghost story for adults, which may not be what you're after.  If - and I'm only guessing here - what you want are more stories about Torak, Renn and Wolf - then I'm afraid that the ninth book, Wolf Bane, really is the last (I explain why in answers to previous readers).  Again, I'm so pleased that enjoy my stories - and thanks for getting in touch!  With best wishes, Michelle

Is there anymore content on Chronicles of Ancient Darkness planned at all?

August writes...

I have recently finished Ghost Hunter and I am loving every book, I finished outcast in 3 days and it will be my favorite book forever. I thank you for the amazing journey you have given and are still giving me, your creativity is unmatched. Now I was wondering if there will be more content on this series, I am aware at the attempts of the TV series and we can all hope it works out. I also know Wolf Bane is the final book, I have yet to reach it but I will get there pretty soon I am sure. But will there be anything else? Anything like a board game or some additional art (Just examples)? I and probably many other people never want it to end ha! Thank you for reading and have a great day!

Michelle Replies...

Dear August, it's brilliant to know that you're loving the books so much!  You are quite right that Wolf Bane is the final book - and I'm afraid that I don't have any plans to write more Wolf Brother stories .  I explained why in a previous answer to a reader (Josiah, back in February), but briefly, I feel that I've reached a natural end, and that in Wolf Bane I've given Torak, Renn and Wolf a good send-off. As for the proposed tv series, sadly, that isn't going to happen (for more on that, see my answer to Tereza, back in May), and there are currently no plans for adaptations.  If that changes, I'll post on my website.  Nor are there any board games or additional content - although there's lots of fan art online (see my website for some amazing stuff).  I think the thing to celebrate, though, is your response to these stories, which is clearly heartfelt and intense.  Relish that.  Not everyone has the ability to get so involved in a story.   And remember, you can always experience it again by re-reading the books.  They'll always be with you.  Thank you so much for getting in touch.  With very best wishes, Michelle

Dark Matter

Christopher writes...

Dark Matter came recommended to me after reading Felix Blackwells book Stolen Tounges because it was the scariest book iv read. Dark matter surpassed it, you really brought the isolation and claustrophobia. Fantastic read and I can't wait to read Thin Air.

My question is, in Dark Matter it's mentioned you visited remote areas. I was wondering if you have any books or plans to write about your own travels from your own perspective?

Michelle Replies...

Dear Christopher, I'm so glad that you enjoyed Dark Matter!  You're right, I have visited many wild and remote places while researching my books, but I've never written about my travels, except in the odd article for a magazine or newspaper.  Many readers have asked whether I've plans for such a book, but at the moment I don't.  I think that's because I prefer weaving stories about places, rather than keeping to my own experiences of them.  Thanks for getting in touch - and I do hope you enjoy Thin Air! With best wishes, Michelle

Please help! Some of your audiobooks are unavailable

Joseph writes...

I love your books, I have dearly since a tender age, and when I found out later in life they were narrated by Ian McKellen I was flabbergasted and went to listen to them and was in awe at the first books narration. But for some reason Spirit Walker and Soul Eater aren't available in the US (?) or for some reason they can't be found, bought or streamed anywhere online. The 1st, 4th, 5th and 6th+ etc. are available but not Spirit Walker and Soul Eater which are ones I have a lot of nostalgia for. Frankly it felt like a miracle when I found out Ian McKellen narrated the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series, and it feels as though two different childhood wonders collided together, I'm in love with his readings of all the other books. Is there anyone you can talk to or anything you can do to make the Spirit Walker and Soul Eater audiobooks available? Is there a reason why these two audiobooks aren't available or is it just some kind of marketing error we can't have those 2 books but all the other ones? I hope so, I really want to hear them. It's heartbreaking I can't get them and I'm desperate, lol. I would pay a lot of money to just have the two in audio form but I literally can't get them anywhere.

Michelle Replies...

Dear Joseph, I'm delighted that my stories have meant so much to you, and I do really feel for you about not being able to get hold of the Spirit Walker and Soul Eater audiobooks . You're not the first reader to point out this anomaly. Unfortunately, I can't explain this, and to date,  I haven't been able to get an explanation (or remedy) from my publishers.  I can only suggest that you write to them and add your voice to those of the other readers who have asked about this.  I'm so sorry that I can't help - and thank you again for getting in touch.  With very best wishes, Michelle

Wolf Brother

Tyler writes...

I don’t have a question, but I wanted to thank you your books really helped me through a difficult time in my life. Starting with wolf brother when I was very young that series really helped. It also inspired me to write my own books and I am now writing screen play scripts And I just wanted to thank you you’re an amazing author and I just can’t thank you enough

Michelle Replies...

Dear Tyler, What a lovely message to receive, thank you so much.  I'm delighted that my stories have helped you in the past.  It's also terrific to know that you write, too.  Thanks again for getting in touch, and may your own writing go from strength to strength!  With best wishes, Michelle