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Posted by Nathaniel

February 21st 2011

Dear Mr. Nicholson, 1. The first thing I want to ask, as I truly dream of one day apprenticing under Daniel Sullivan, How was it to work with him? Can you talk a bit about the rehearsal process? Were you considerably present at rehearsals? How did he help shape your play? He truly is a wizard at dramaturgy. 2. What kind of revisions are you planning to make to the RFM play? 3. Are there really serious plans of filming Le's Miserables in the near future?! (as a teenager I was crazy about that musical) And now, coming to the reason I am writing you : I don't know why it occurred to me just now, as opposed to all the rest of times I thought of Shadowlands ; did you ever think of giving permission to turn it into a musical? Obviously only a true master could do it justice, but it does truly sing; it sings of true and soaring love at the face of illness, faith, identity and old age. I truly think it could be a great musical in the right hands. I would like to give it a go. Obviously I would be taking a huge risk, because I would not get your permission (if at all) until very late in the game, when I will have written quite a lot already - but I truly do think it can be a great piece of musical theatre, the kind that is so rare and the one I am always looking for. I would love to hear your opinion of this. I do not want to give the impression as if I am waiting for your response to start writing, pen in hand. No, I have just started to contemplate this and wanted to hear your thoughts AND ask : where can I find the play? I did not find it on Amazon nor on other websites. Can I purchase it from you? Is it still published these days? I know this is quite a lengthy letter to respond to. I will understand if you can only reply briefly and I thank you in advance for allowing for the opportunity through your website. It is always great inspiration to speak with people whose work you admire. Nathaniel

William Nicholson responded:

I'ver edited your long post, I hope you don't mind. Daniel Sullivan was indeed a joy and an honour to work with. The play was shaped a little in rehearsal, not much. I was only present at the beginning and the end. My future plans for the play involve rethinking the ending, which remains weak. Les Miserables: yes, there are serious plans to make it into a film. And your thoughts on Shadowlands: several people over the years have asked permission to turn this into a musical. My position is, as you can imagine, that I'm only happy for this to go ahead if I think the music and adaptation is good. So I'm afraid I can't give advance permission. This only applies to work designed for commercial use, of course. For yourself and your friends, anything is permitted. You can buy the play in the US edition published by Plume Drama.

Posted by Grant

February 20th 2011

Hi I just recently read the wind on fire and the noble warriors trilogies and really enjoyed them I was wondering whether you were planning to write any more fantasy books ? (please do)

William Nicholson responded:

I'm sure I will. Books take a long time, so I'm not sure when.

Posted by Miroslava

February 17th 2011

I just want to thank you for a lovely book:The Society of others. I enjoyed reading it very much and the book touched me deeply. Hope that your other novels will be published here,in Serbia. Best regards, right from the heart, Miroslava.

William Nicholson responded:

I'm pleased that at least one of them is available.

Posted by J. Potts

February 16th 2011

I loved the Secret Intensity of Everyday Life, but I'm wondering why the hardback costs £94.00 on amazon?

William Nicholson responded:

A very good question. Either it's a mistake, or the seller (someone called Elitedigitaluk in New York) reckons the hardback has become a collector's item. Happily you can get the book from Amazon new in paperback for £4, or used in paperback for 1p, which is more like it. The follow-up novel, All the Hopeful Lovers, currently only in hardback, will be out in paperback in June. And I've just finished the third in the series, The Golden Hour, and expect to see it published at the end of this year.

Posted by tammy

February 15th 2011

I have had this quote from First Knight on my desk at work for many years, "God give us the wisdom to know what is right, the courage to choose it, and the strength to make it endure." I see from my research that his may have been the actual quote you wrote: "May God grant us the wisdom to discover right, the will to choose it, and the strength to make it endure." My question is what is the actual line that you originally wrote. My follow up would be, that which ever the line, the thought is very inspiring. I should like to know if you have any favorite lines that you have wrote and why.

William Nicholson responded:

I'm afraid my memory is not up to the detail here. But it sounds like a parody of Reinhold Niebuhr's famous Serenity Prayer, 'God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference.' A favourite line written by me that I can remember is 'We write to know we're not alone' from Shadowlands.

Posted by Chris Close

February 15th 2011

Dear William, I had the great pleasure of photographing you at last years Edinburgh International Book Festival for the exhibition around the walkways. I am currently doing a course for wannabe screenwriters!... Do you ever refer back to previously rejected works and consider resubmitting them with a few tweaks now that you are more successful just to see if the outcome is different.... How necessary do you find it to divide your time intellectually between the formula of film and the freedom of novels and whether my dreams of Hugh Hefneresc decadence are as ill founded as considering screenwriting as a viable way to fund suitable amounts of bread and cheese on which to survive? Best Wishes, Chris

William Nicholson responded:

I remember your wonderful photograph very well. No, I don't submit previously rejected work, because it's all from so long ago. More recent work has never been rejected, just (when it doesn't come off) not developed as far as a film. A form of after-the-event rejection, if you like. And yes, I do find it very valuable to split myself between film and book work. The one refreshes the other. And the film work subsidises the book work. But no life of decadence, I'm afraid. Best of luck with your own writing.