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Posted by Simon

June 7th 2010

Will you write other Fantasy Book ? I was reading Wind of Fire (in French) when I was a kid, found it good but didnt get the theme "individuality" , "hierarchic" etc but I just red the trilogy again and wow it was sooo good reading it when im older (21). I just buy Seeker today, im gonna start it right after I finish my other trilogy "L'Autre" from Pierre Bottelo a French Writter who just died in a motor accident, I just heard the news this morning even if he died in November, my heart is broken... Sadly he was just 45 :( Hope your gonna write other fantasy novel!

William Nicholson responded:

I love it when older readers read my fantasy books, because I do put so much into them that's hard for a young reader to pick up. I hope you enjoy my Noble Warriors. I may well write more fantasy, but my latest novel for younger readers is about love and sex - it's called 'Rich and Mad' (the names of the main characters). They're aged 17, so may be too young for you, but there's some good stuff in there. You might also try my novel 'The Society of Others', which is deeply strange. It's published in French by Calmann-Levy.

Posted by Sarah

June 6th 2010

I am currently a student in a course focused on the theory of adaptation. Could you please comment on what factors influenced your adapting the TV film Shadowlands to the stage and finally to Hollywood? Thank you.

William Nicholson responded:

What factors? I was asked by a play producer to turn my TV script into a stage play, a form in which I'd never written before - it wasn't something I'd have thought of myself. In doing it I revelled in the opportunity to let my characters talk at far greater length. I used the experience of director Elijah Moshinsky to guide me. The play was then successful and led to a film offer. So off I went again, writing my first screenplay as best I could. Once again I used the experience of the then-director designate, Sydney Pollack, to guide me. Long speeches were out again. This is the only screenplay I've ever written that was shot exactly as I wrote it. But as this brief account reveals, the entire process was random, untrained, instinctive, unselfconscious, and perhaps the better for it.

Posted by Elizabeth S. W.

June 2nd 2010

A few months ago, I read the Society of Others and it was a very intriguing book, as I stayed up late into the night to finish the novel. Now I am writing a book report on it (still in high school - 10th grade) and I have some unanswered questions. What does the eye symbolize on the cover of the book? I can understand the road (journey through life, the road that lead the narrator through life, ect.) but I am at a loss at what the eye symbolizes. Also, the ending was an interesting turn in the story. But about the man he kills on the final page (the antagonist), is that man the narrator's-anti self (opposite of himself) or is he the part of the narrator/the part of everyone of us that is hated by him/ourselves? Is he standing in a mirror and seeing his opposite (mirrors=opposite) or is he seeing himself? Thank you so much! Your novel lead to a whole new world of thought for myself.

William Nicholson responded:

I can't tell you about the eye on the cover, because that was the publisher's decision, not mine. I like it, and guess that it represents self-awareness (eye/I), but I may be wrong. The man killed at the end is the narrator's own self, the self that that has trapped him in his own self-world. By killing this self-oriented self he liberates himself into the world of others. Make sense? Basically you understand it already.

Posted by Gabriel

June 1st 2010

hey william, i really loved your book: RICH AND MAD! it was amazing and passionate :) i know that it would be hard to make a sequel but i was wondering if you were considering making one ? i mean maybe they could have a few troubles along the way of their relationships and maybe we could see how leo and joe and grace turn out. maybe cath could date maxi and we could see there story too? thanks for your great book ! p.s i dont know if you remember me but i was at hay this year and u signed your book that i had bought :)

William Nicholson responded:

Great that you liked it. A sequel? Maybe. Or maybe another book about teen love featuring new characters? I'm going to wait and see how well this book is received before committing to another one.

Posted by Jack Noutch

June 1st 2010

Dear Mr Nicholson, It's very nice to come across your website that is so open and welcoming, much like a homely country inn, so there's my first thank-you. My second is for the works you've written which I've enjoyed so much. I remember happily reading The Wind on Fire trilogy at the cross-over from primary to secondary schooling, and many of the pictures they conjured - particularly of The Wing Singer - remain quite vivid even now, as I move on to tertiary education. I have also been thrilled by Gladiator and wept at Shadowlands, many times each, and its about the latter I have a question or two. Firstly, did you research a lot into the lives of C S Lewis & Joy Gresham? And, bouncing off that, how much do you consider their characters in the play/film your own, as opposed to biographical portraits? I hope that's not broaching too wide a subject! Many thanks once more. Jack

William Nicholson responded:

I did of course read all that's available on Jack and Joy, but in terms of their relationship that's not much. So I have to admit their characters in Shadowlands are mostly a creation of my own. However, Joy's son Douglas Gresham, who realises how fictional my work is, also says no truer account of his mother and step-father's love exists. So fiction can contain truth.

Posted by Gilian Shields

May 30th 2010

This isn't really a question, I just wanted to say thank you for your novel 'The Secret Intensity of Everyday Life'. I have just bought it in a Sussex bookshop (very appropriate) and devoured it in a day. I loved all your characters and the way you explored their sense of failure and limitation, and yet at the same time the story remained hopeful and humane. I am so pleased to see on your website that there will be a sequel. I also heard you speak at the children's writers' conference at Robinson College a couple of summers ago and your talk was the highlight of the event; honest and funny and inspiring. So many thanks. Gillian Shields

William Nicholson responded:

Thanks for taking the trouble to pass on your response. Secret Intensity got no reviews at all, so I'm reliant on word of mouth to spread the word - which makes me very happy to hear of another satisfied reader. The sequel, All the Hopeful Lovers, will be out (in hardback) in September.