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Posted by Samuel Daram

January 11th 2012

Dear Mr Nicholson, This time two weeks ago, I hadn't read anything by you. Then, I came across THE SECRET INTENSITY OF EVERYDAY LIFE. I became addicted to its prose, the characters and its world. Now, I'm reading ALL THE HOPEFUL LOVERS. I feel like Martin Amis after his first literary encounter with Saul Bellow: "Now I want to read everything he had written." My questions are these: 1.When you first began THE SECRET INTENSITY OF EVERYDAY LIFE, did you know that it would become a series? 2. Do you spend a lot of time plotting and outlining novels such as THE SECRET INTENSITY OF EVERYDAY LIFE? Thank you so much for taking the time to read and respond to these questions. PS: Many happy returns of your birthday. I'm assuming you will read this email on the 12th January! PS2: Believe it nor not, this is only the second time I written to a writer that I have to come revere. And I'm nervous about how you would treat this email! Best wishes Samuel Daram samuel.daram@ymail.com

William Nicholson responded:

Your email is greatly appreciated. I'm not sure I deserve reverence, but I do love to hear that readers have valued my writing. It's an oddly private process, writing, that then becomes public - so how it's received is very personal. To answer your questions, no, I didn't know I was embarking on a series. But now it's growing and growing. And yes, I do spend time plotting my novels, which are quite intricate in their structure. Also as I write I become aware of links I can make, and turns I can take, so they grow beyond the original plan in ways that delight me. Then of course I have to go back and rewrite earlier passages so it all adds up. I want them to read effortlessly, but believe me, a lot of effort goes into the making of them.

Posted by Ron Andrea

January 11th 2012

What was the source of your quote "We read to know we are not alone"? We corresponded about it several years ago, but I've lost your reply. It's a great thought, just not Lewis', though it seems (due to your excellent script) to be passing into modern myth as his work.

William Nicholson responded:

I made the line up, because I believe it to be profoundly true. It was never written or said by CSLewis.

Posted by Nik

January 10th 2012

Will you ever make ebook versions of your fantasy series? I'm really looking forward to reading these on my tablet.

William Nicholson responded:

They're supposed to be available now. I'll check.

Posted by Francesca Padget

January 10th 2012

I often write stories and recently I've started to write a book. As of yet I haven't written much, but what I have written sounds good to me, but I need a second opinion, however I am too shy to ask people and was wondering if you could give me some advice as to how to go about asking.

William Nicholson responded:

It is hard to ask people for help, but actually some people love to be consulted, and feel proud that you value their opinion. I suggest you make the request manageable - not too much reading - and assure the person you ask that all you want is a first impression, not an expert analysis. Try and get several different people to read your work, because responses can vary a lot.

Posted by christine barrett

January 8th 2012

Dear William Nicholson. I have some material that would make a riveting book that I don't have the skills to write. May I contact you privately?

William Nicholson responded:

I'm sorry, but I write my books from my own material. Why do you say you don't have the skills to write yourself? Tell your story clearly and it could be amazing.

Posted by Erik Schark

January 4th 2012

Mr. Nicholson, I wrote you a while back inquiring about writing a musical based on your play "Shadowlands". You indicated I should contact your agent regarding the rights. I called Joyce Ketay at Gersh, and she told me to contact Nicki Stoddart at Peters, Fraser & Dunlop. I can't seem to find Ms. Stoddart's contact information, so I decided I'd once again try the direct approach. Do you happen to know which of your agents I should contact? I hope a musical version of "Shadowlands" is still something you might consider and look forward to the opportunity to pitch it to you.

William Nicholson responded:

Contact Norman North at The Agency, address on this site.