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Posted by Anne Wareham

October 27th 2011

Not a question - just wanted to say delighted to see you got brilliant review in this week's Spectator. (where you could also hardly miss me...I like these bumping into you's) Bought the book. XXXXXXX

William Nicholson responded:

You're a heroine! Until your message I didn't know about the review. A pleasant surprise. Happy gardening!

Posted by Theresa Hardman

October 22nd 2011

Is it true that you will be writing the screenplay for the film version of the musical "Les Miserables"?

William Nicholson responded:

I am doing so right now, though not on my own. I'm working with - you could even say, for - the creators of the show, Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg, and of course for the director, Tom Hooper. We're having fun, and I think the film's going to be amazing.

Posted by Jess

October 21st 2011

Mr. Nicholson, I was curious about your project of Les Miserables. You say you're adapting the story so it improves character feelings and motivations (Hopefully actually have Valjean and Marius actually talk before Valjean decides he's in love with him in "Bring Him Home") Nevertheless, I was curious whether you were going to adapt the narrated sections of the musical, which would work onstage, but wouldn't translate to film too well. (Ex. The Prologue where Valjean narrates his actions) Thank you for your time. -Jess

William Nicholson responded:

Your understanding of Les Mis is subtle. All I can say is we (I'm part of a team that includes the original writers) are indeed doing our best to fill gaps and heighten characters; but at the same time, we want to maintain the experience of the stage show that so many love. It's tricky and fascinating.

Posted by Kisa Jackson

October 16th 2011

Hi there, i was just wondering what do you think it is that makes you able to write in so many different genres and for different age groups? most writers just usually seem stay in their little corner, hardly branching out, but you seem to be all over the place (which i love) do you just find it natural, just what ever ideas you have you go with regardless of an intended audience or do you make a conscious effort/ decision to write for a certain group?

William Nicholson responded:

I do love the variety of the work I do - it keeps me fresh, and it makes use of all the different sides of my mind. It's happened more by accident than design - people have made me offers that seem fun - and I've said yes. I never intended to stray beyond the novel. Now that I have experience is several forms I do tend to consider which form is best suited to which idea, and work accordingly. However, I am now slowing up. My novels are getting more ambitious. I've just completed one, not yet published, which is bigger in scope than before, and very exciting for me. So maybe my range will narrow from here on.

Posted by Sheila

October 12th 2011

Hallo! First of all, I am a huge huge fan of all your work- and I really hope that you are the one responding to my inquiry... I am a playwright (but no where near a level as being categorized as 'professional'- yet) but I do have a special story to tell... And seeing from the way you tell a love story I would really appreciate it if you could perhaps read this play. It is the story of a young woman who falls desperately in love with a man 25 years her senior... and enduring the criticism and scorn of a judgmental society- it is a story about hopes and dreams, about a love so profound it transcends understanding and limitations of age, ethnicity, class and raises forth the question, "Who is to say who is right for who?" Could you please read it and tell me what you think?

William Nicholson responded:

I think your love story sounds wonderful, and valuable too, but I'm afraid I can't offer to read and comment on it - I do get asked to do this sort of thing quite a lot, and if I said yes I'd be doing it all the hours I have, when all I long to do is get on with my own work. So I can only wish you the best with it, and with your future writing.

Posted by nell

October 11th 2011

I like Firelight very much. I want to read it on line.but I don't know where to find it.

William Nicholson responded:

There's nothing to read. I wrote it as a film, and that's its only form. You're one of the few who's seen it.