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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.

Posted by Sarah

July 26th 2011

For the Les Miserables movie, are the barricades and the revolutionaries going to get screentime? A lot of adaptations of the story tend to cut them out and they're an enormous part of the plot.

William Nicholson responded:

Yes, there'll be a revolution. Just think of all the wonderful songs that happen on the barricades.

Posted by Andrew Rosbury

July 25th 2011

Mr. Nicholson, I'm writing a research article on C.S. Lewis, namely the concept of the unfound door which appears in the Narnia stories but never directly. In my research I came across the Thomas Wolfe novel that has an "unfound door" in its epigraph but does not seem to ever use the concept or image of an unfound door other than indirectly, suggesting that the unfound door were roads not taken. In the case of C.S. Lewis my main argument is that the unfound door is the way into Narnia, which parallels in reality to Jesus Christ being the door to salvation, transformation, eternal life, etc. I've cited the television version of Shadowlands as being the source of where the unfound door is mentioned, but could you share, if possible, where you developed that concept or where in Lewis's writings it emerged from? Any help is most appreciated! Thank you so much.

William Nicholson responded:

I'm afraid it's too long ago for me to remember, but all my ideas for Shadowlands came directly from CSLewis and his works. I'm sure you're right, that Lewis himself would have identified the unfound door with the way to salvation.

Posted by Kollin

July 24th 2011

Very nice website, thanks for offering an interactive Q/A. You've probably been asked this before. In the movie Shadowlands, Jack says, "Why love, if losing hurts so much..." A quick Google search has this quote attributed to Anthony Hopkins (because he was the actor who spoke the phrase) and to CS Lewis (because that was the character Anthony played). As the screenplay writer, do you remember if this quote was actually sourced from CS Lewis's life/works it, more probably, was a beautiful turn of words representing CS Lewis's sentiments, but a phrase written for the movie and not otherwise sourced. Reason I ask, I've quoted it as from Anthony Hopkins, but now with some research, would like to find the appropriate attribution. Kind regards, Kollin

William Nicholson responded:

Every line in the movie was written by me, including this line. Not by CS Lewis, though as you say, I tried to represent his thoughts. However, I love the idea of attributing to actors the lines they speak. Google clearly believes actors are the best writers.

Posted by kurt watson

July 22nd 2011

not really a question more of a thank you im not a big reader in fact i'd never picked up a book until i set my eyes onthe wind singer the story of kess bow an mumpo really glued me to every page i loved it i wish i could do it when i read it it was as if i wer there im now half way through slaves of mastery and i am the same with this thank you i've also just bought fire song im just scared when i have finished that it will be the end would you be able to guide me to other books you have wrote which are simular thank you again an sorry about my puntctuation its terrible :(

William Nicholson responded:

Try my second trilogy, The Noble Warriors. It's a bit more complex, but I think better than the first one.

Posted by Kelly Williams

July 21st 2011

To William Nicholson, At the moment I am reading one of the books in a series by another author, but I have the Wind Singer put aside to read afterwards. I can't wait to read it as I have heard so many positive comments on it. What is your publisher's address, so I can write you a letter, even if you don't see it for a while!! Thanks for your time, Kelly Williams Age 12

William Nicholson responded:

The address is inside the book, on one of the first pages. Hope you get to read it, and like it.