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Posted by Jeff Watkins

April 1st 2013

I've loved your trilogy more than I could possibly express. Actually wasn't aware at first that it was a trilogy, so the tenth or twentieth page of the second and third novels - when it started to dawn on me that you were continuing with the same place and some of the same characters - was the first, then second time for me that the common reader's prayer: "please, let this novel never end" has ever been answered in my favor. Did these start as the idea for a screenplay, and has there ever been any interest, for you, or from any other quarter in adapting them for the screen?

William Nicholson responded:

My Sussex novels are in a sense my anti-screenplay work, in that I'm able to follow my own whims and go as deep as I wish. No, there's been no expression of interest from any film company. I think they're more suitable for TV if anything, but no interest there either. You may like to know that my new book, Motherland, just out in hardback, also develops the same world and characters, though this time diving into the past. So too with Reckless, the book that will follow that in 2014. And I'm currently at work on the one after that, which picks up Alice and Jack's on-off love affair some years later. So I'm busy building quite a world...

Posted by Sarah

April 1st 2013

Yes! I saw Les Miserables. What a majestic film! Congrats on all the awards and accolades from that movie. Much deserved. As to Firelight, I'm absolutely floored to find out now that it didn't do well when it first came out. It's such a beautiful, memorable film - and it means so much to me, personally. Every single scene, every single dialogue - so very exquisite. The casting too was spot on. Should the directing bug ever finds you again, I will be first in line to purchase a ticket to the cinema just to see your next film. Even though I've seen the movie many times, I can't wait to receive my own DVD copy of Firelight (found 1 on Barnes & Noble's site). Do you recall if there's a Director's Commentary in the Extra Features of the movie? Would you also share your experience in making the film with us here? Please know the movie makes a huge on me. I'm a huge fan of Firelight.

William Nicholson responded:

There are no extra features at all, certainly I was never asked to do a Director's Commentary. Maybe one day. But I'm so pleased that the film lives on. I don't think there'll ever be another movie directed by me, but there's ones written by me - MANDELA will be out at the end of this year, and it's really good. I think.

Posted by Lisa

March 31st 2013

Can you make a Kindle version of The Wind Singer available in the U.S?

William Nicholson responded:

I'm trying to push the US publisher, Hyperion.

Posted by Sarah Le

March 30th 2013

I love your movie Firelight. It's romantic, intense, and poetically beautiful. It's also quite unforgettable. One of those films that stay with me ever since I first saw it in the late '90s. Just wondering why you haven't directed more films. It's a huge loss to us (the audience) if you truly will never direct another movie again.

William Nicholson responded:

The film failed when it came out, both critically and commercially, and after almost three years on it, I lost heart. I've continued to write films, as you may know, and also books. So I've not gone away.

Posted by Graeme

March 28th 2013

Hi, Did you write "The Seventh Level" or is it by another author with the same name?

William Nicholson responded:

Yes, it's my first published book - a long time ago now. It came out, and then more or less disappeared. I think because it was so much about sex the publishers had hoped for more; but because it was so much about philosophy (of a rather youthful sort) the public failed to be aroused.

Posted by Ian Macilwain

March 25th 2013

this isn't really a question - just another vote of thanks for 'Motherland' . As a psychiatrist I had a patient who endured trench warfare in the korean war- indescribably awful and largely forgotten. His life was fragmented by his 'inner death' like Ed who you describe so well. How did you get those insights ? The concept of 'courage' which we reward so highly is quite questionable. Larry the 'coward' was actually much more psychologically healthy and did not lose the ability to love through dissociation. Thankyou again

William Nicholson responded:

I appreciate your comments very much. You ask where I get my insights. My wife Virginia Nicholson is a social historian - her book 'Millions Like Us' is an account of the Second World War from the point of view of women - and I've picked up a great deal from her research. The rest comes from the novelist's key tool, empathetic imagination. Not always to be trusted - but I'm gratified to learn from you that I've not gone too far wrong.