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Posted by Harry Graham

December 15th 2010

Hello, I am in an English lesson right now and our task is to find out facts about you.I know this sounds silly but what are the most interesting facts about you an your life? please reply as soon as possible, yours sincerly, Harry Graham

William Nicholson responded:

That I'm 62 and still writing silly books. That I'm bald and proud of it. That I eat more cream than is good for me. That I believe everyone's good underneath, and people only go bad out of fear.

Posted by melissa

December 15th 2010

Hi williammy teacher like your books where did you get your ideas from? also what is your favorite poem

William Nicholson responded:

I'm glad your teacher likes my books, but you don't say you do. Ah, well. Can't win'em all. My ideas come from my life - there are ideas all round you if you only look. Favourite poem - I've answered another with that, see below on the website answers page (or above, I'm not sure).

Posted by Ryan Martin

December 15th 2010

when did you start writing books and why?

William Nicholson responded:

Almost as soon as I could write - to impress my mum, I think.

Posted by Leahh &Darceyy

December 15th 2010

Hiyaaaa .What insprired you to write books and writing plays . Also what is your favourite poem .Yours faithfully Leah and Darcey :D xx

William Nicholson responded:

I've always loved writing. Don't you? Favourite poem - impossible, there are so many. But I do love William Wordsworth's Ode on the Intimations of Immortality. Sounds grander than it is. It's about longing to be a child again.

Posted by Mariel Bunnage

December 6th 2010

Where did your inspiration to follow the story of C.S. Lewis and Joy Davidman and write 'Shadowlands' come from? I am a student at Central School of Speech and Drama and will be doing a project with 'Shadowlands' in the next term and am trying to do as much research as I can into it. Any insight you could provide would be immensely helpful. Thank you, Mariel Bunnage

William Nicholson responded:

I wish I could give you a more inspiring answer, but the CSLewis story was suggested to me by a colleague, I was initially uninterested, and only on being prodded a lot did I turn to it in seriousness. At around that point I think I sensed that the underlying theme - fear of emotional commitment - was one that then resonated with me. My own belief is that the play is more about fear of loving than about dying of cancer. The cancer is in a way a device to develop the emotional journey. And it really happened, of course.

Posted by Carl Jameson

December 5th 2010

Dear William, I was just wondering, where did you go to university, and how did it shape you thoughts and future prospects about becoming a writer? - Carl

William Nicholson responded:

I went to Cambridge University, and studied English Literature. This definitely had a major influence on me, though I wanted to be a writer from many years before. In a way it caused me to write over-pretentiously for some time, as if in an attempt to create works others would study. I had to grow out of that, and get on with writing stories that people actually enjoy. Or so I hope.