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Posted by Hannah and Vanessa!

January 22nd 2012

Please make a movie for the series The Wind on Fire Trilogy! The books are incredible! We are your biggest fans!! Please send the movies all to canada!! "The song of the wind singer will set you free then seek the homeland!"

William Nicholson responded:

I'd love it too - but I can't make movies alone. I'm hoping one day someone will come up with a great proposal.

Posted by Deborah

January 19th 2012

No question. Thank you for writing First Knight.So spiritual. I love it and am just this year seeing it over and over. Fabulous!You are genius at writing that. How does it feel to have your thoughts and ideas on the inside of ones soul? Thanks again, and God bless!

William Nicholson responded:

I love that feeling. Thank you for responding so warmly. It's what writers live for, and rarely get.

Posted by Tara

January 18th 2012

Dear William, I am currently two thirds of the way through 'Secret Intensity' which I am enjoying tremendously. I read you bio with interest. I am female, in my forties, having just failed at yet another relationship. I am attractive, intelligent, with a reasonably successful creative career. Yet I seem to be attracted to men who are emotionally distant and now I am afraid to try again. I wonder if there is any hope of me ever finding love and peace. What made you come to your senses in your relationship with your partner and in your opinion how does one find happiness, if happiness even exists?

William Nicholson responded:

Tough question. And a very common one. I'm no expert, of course, though I have thought and lived this one a lot. I can only report that in my own case the relationships that failed, or ended, were many, and they ended because I was not ready for commitment. I know that sounds dumb, or glib, but I think I grew up slowly, and I think many men do. I was scared off by affairs that wanted to go on for ever, because I was scared of responsibility for someone else's happiness. Perhaps there's a clue here. Of course I wasn't responsible for anyone else's happiness, and was deceiving myself. But if you make up your mind that your life is your own to live, that it won't be 'completed' by anyone else, but that along the way you'll have great friendships and maybe love affairs, it takes away some of the pressure on you and on your partners. Men who are emotionally distant are afraid - actually we're all afraid, so no shame in that. Make demands and the fear increases. But what's a relationship without demands? I know, it's all nuts. Even so, I'm pretty sure this is the secret. You get to a point where you don't need a partner, where you're excited by the life you live alone, and at that point, someone shows up who wants to be with you. There's a bigger point here that's worth making: we're all alone, always and for ever. No one ever knows us as we know ourselves. So the rest is a matter of arrangements, habit, discipline, kindness, shared history... which all adds up to love, maybe. Please don't be afraid to try again. We don't live one life, we live many, one after the other. The next life coming along for you may be the one you've been in training for. And men get better as they age.

Posted by Samuel Daram

January 16th 2012

Dear Mr Nicholson, Thank you so much for your response to my questions about the Sussex series. Actually, what can we call that series of novels? Edward St Aubyn has his "Melrosiad." Updike has his Rabbit Quartet. And you? I have now completed ALL THE HOPEFUL LOVERS. I did not want to leave the company of Laura, Chloe, Belinda, Tom, Jack, Christina, and Matt Early. Even though I completed reading that novel two days ago, I am still thinking about Guy and Cas? And about Joe. I went back to rereading Jonathan Franzen's THE CORRECTIONS last night. I hadn't read it since 2002. Now, after reading your two books, THE CORRECTIONS' excessive erudition seem to be in the way of its characters. The thing I love about ALL THE HOPEFUL LOVERS is that there are plenty of intriguing references to high culture. But they are so subtly and eleganty woven in to the story. This means that the characters come alive before me. I still love Franzen. Yet, you are the better storyteller. ALL THE HOPEFUL LOVERS is not just funny. I found the passages with Anthony Armitage and Carrie heartbreakingly moving. When I was reading the passage about Armitage being found dead by Christina and Joe, I was on the top deck of a crowded bus in Edgware. And I had to fight to prevent the tears in public. To borrow a line of Anthony Armitage, I'm lucky enough to be "rich in time." But even I shared his anxieties about mortality and the role of art in an artist's life. So this leads me to an important question. When you were writing this Sussex series, to borrow a term of Harold Bloom's, were you aware of your 'precursors' or 'precursor texts' in your literary journey? I am aware of your love of Tolstoy. However, did you study Updike's Rabbit Quartet or Franzen's THE CORRECTIONS? Once again, thank you so much for your time and words. I genuinely appreciate them. Now I'm off to read THE TRIAL OF TRUE LOVE. I want to postpone the reading of THE GOLDEN HOUR as long as I can. What will I do after that novel?! Best wishes Samuel Daram samuel.daram@ymail.com

William Nicholson responded:

In response, a word about Jonathan Frantzen. It was while reading The Corrections, and greatly admiring it, that I found the courage to write directly about my own middle-class world. So I owe Frantzen a lot. I read Freedom recently, and still admired his writing, but was disappointed by the book. Not sure why. As for a name for my sequence of novels, I have no idea. It's all grown organically, so maybe a name will emerge. I didn't have Updike in mind while writing, though of course I'm aware of Updike. Anthony Powell, a little. Balzac. Even Jane Austen, whose books all inhabit the same world as each other. But the whole thing has been more haphazard than that - until now. Now I'm creating a back story for my characters, all the way back into the twentieth century. The next book is mostly in the 1940s. I hope you'll like it.

Posted by Gups

January 15th 2012

In the book firesong. Did the windsingers save everyone on earth or just the manth people? Oh and could you explain to me if kesteral is dead at the end of the story(I understand that she still lives within bowman) but why haven't they made a grave for her or some sort of memorabilia ? And may I say probably the best three books (the windsinger, slaves of the mastery, and firesong) I have ever read :)

William Nicholson responded:

In my story world, the Singer people save the whole world. And yes, Kestrel is dead at the end, except that she and Bowman are really the same person, so she lives on. If that makes any sense.

Posted by Tino Di Biase

January 12th 2012

Hello Mr. Nicholson, love your screenwriting, but the reason for this email is a selfish one. I have written a screen story/novella, called BALL BOY, set in England, to do with the relationship between a soccer superstar (English Premiership) and a lowly "ball boy" for the club. I think its a great story and am very proud of it. But can't get it into the hands of anyone with any "power". ...and of course I'm asking for the usual help that a small fish asks of a big whale. (I'm trying to be creative here - sorry). I'm sure you've gone through the same situation when you were starting out. I have the story on line at platoandaristotle.com if you wish to take a brief look. And of course your help, or creative/business involvement with the story would be highly welcomed. Thank you for you time. Tino Di Biase (Toronto, Canada)

William Nicholson responded:

I sympathise with your problem - it's the same for all who are starting out - but I'm afraid I'm the wrong person to approach. You need to get to agents, directors, producers, not to a writer. Your story sounds as if it has a good basis, so don't give up. But I can't do it for you.