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Posted by Fritz Hendrich

August 4th 2011

Dear Mister Nicholson, for me „Shadowlands“ is one of the very best movies ever made based evidently on the most excellent script. I never thought, that I will not only love it but that I had to live it. Two Years ago my wife (55) died on cancer four weeks after our marriage. She was the first female dean on her old university in Graz (Austria). Her sickness began to develop, when she was in the middle of a mobbing of male and macho rituals and games about power and vanity in intellectual scientific communities. When I asked the auditorium at the funeral to make male organisations more compatible to female sensitivity and vulnerability, one of her colleagues told me: “This was not at all a gender-theme, because I myself voted for her to become dean, as I wanted her as an eloquent attractive representative for our university…” So wouldn’t it be a challenge for you to write a script opening the eyes for the hidden gender-discrimination in intellectual communities (and convince Jodie Foster to be the ideal performer, director and producer)? For giving you an insight I could send you a 1-page story-pitch and a 15-page treatment (awarded in an Austrian script-competition). I am a writer of nonfiction-books (published in German, Arabic, Korean and Czech). But this story has to be told from the very best writer for it, to whom ! would give all the information he needs. And this, I am convinced, is you. I know, this is a very daring attempt, but I hope it could be worth the try to make you interested in this story. Thank you for reading my letter up to here. Fritz Hendrich, Salzburg (Austria) - fritz@hendrich.cc

William Nicholson responded:

Your story is really interesting, I agree. I'm afraid I'm just not available to write it myself - I have far too many projects of my own running at present. But why don't you write it yourself? There's not much of a jump from non-fiction to fiction. Either way, I do wish you all the best with the project.

Posted by Jan Hirst

August 3rd 2011

Not a question actually - just wanted to say 'thankyou', I have just finished The Secret Intensity of Everyday Life. You have caught the nuances of close relationships so beautifully, the separateness we try to maintain whilst within the comfort of marriage. Our very favourite film is Gladiator and we have been told that it is historically correct. Thank you again. Best regards

William Nicholson responded:

Pleased you liked the novel. Want to try the sequel, All the Hopeful Lovers?

Posted by Pamela Young

August 1st 2011

I have become interested in you since reading that you were the writer on the movie "Gladiator" who introduced the theme of the after-life. Is this true? I just watched the movie again and was moved, yet again, by the part about Roman religious practices and their belief in the after-life. Just wanted to know where you learned about this; did you research it, or were you already knowledgeable about it because of personal interest? Also, because I'd like to know more about you as a result of this, I was wondering if you might be willing to share your birth data, i.e., date, place (specific) and TIME of birth, if known - I'm an astrologer and would like to do your chart. Just wondering! anyway, I loved that movie; it moves me to tears every single time I watch it. Thank you!

William Nicholson responded:

Yes, it is true that I added the afterlife theme, along with much else. I am fairly knowledgable about religions, having worked for BBC Religious TV for many years. My birth data, however - well, I'm not a believer in astrology, I'm afraid.

Posted by Sally Stratford

July 30th 2011

Not a Q, but a 'Thank you'! I am the HoD English at Applemore College where you spoke on the 15th July (red head. walked you to your car...) I just wanted to express my appreciation and tell you how much the students (and staff( enjoyed your talk. All the students were enthralled and the word spread like wild fire the next day. Many, many thanks. Kindest regards, Sally

William Nicholson responded:

Delighted it went down well.

Posted by joan graham

July 29th 2011

Hi, I have just started reading Shadowlands. I am writing a play about an American poet who had a very dramatic/traumatic life and left much material in the form of novels, short stories and letters in addition to his poetry. I am nervous about putting words in his mouth! How do you do it? Can you provide some guidance? Thanks so much. Best, Joan

William Nicholson responded:

Don't be nervous. If you've done your research well, you'll be able to think of yourself as your poet and speak as he speaks. Remember, you're not offering a documentary. So long as you make it clear you're inventing, your only duty is to be as truthful as possible. In Shadowlands, not a word was ever spoken by the real CSLewis, but his step-son Douglas called it the most truthful work about his parents he'd ever seen.

Posted by Paul P. Martone

July 28th 2011

Mr. Nicholson, Thank you for your time. I've written a family experience story about a young man that means to do well for the people that he loves, but just keeps "failing" at it. The saga of his life takes him away from his family. Then the seeds of love that he had sewn throughout his life blossom for him when he is an old and lonely man. I have a narrative on a double CD of my story and music that I've written to blend with the story... "WITH MY LIFE". What could I do to move forward with my project? Paul P. Martone

William Nicholson responded:

Not my job, I'm afraid. You should be chasing agents and publishers.