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Posted by Debbie Tomson

May 10th 2010

Hello Mr. Nicholson, I was just wondering, if you were in the vicinity of Essex at the time your "Katherine howard" play was being performed, if you would like to come and see it! Rehearsals are going well, and we are performing the last week of May, and the first week of June. I am enjoying the part of your Katherine so much! Here is our home page. http://www.greville.org.uk/index.htm I am so glad you have written such a wonderful play, for my acting debut! yours sincerely Debbie Lee

William Nicholson responded:

I doubt if I'll be able to make it, I'm afraid. But I'm really pleased to hear it's going so well, and that you're having fun with it yourself. Let me know how it goes.

Posted by stefanie

May 10th 2010

Why did you start writing? Did it take long to put it all your ideas into a comprehensive order? Is it hard for you to start a story?

William Nicholson responded:

I started writing for the joy of it; and that keeps me going to this day. Yes, it takes a long time to sort out each story, a lot of pondering, a lot of planning. Then you start work, and it all changes anyway.

Posted by Jan

May 9th 2010

Not a question but more of a wish.......that sometime in the future you would embark on another film along the lines of Firelight........my very all time favorite movie...... Very intense, superbly acted and directed and encompasses so many relationships in the film. I never get tired of watching it. Thank you for giving us such a powerful and intriguing movie. I also visited the Firle home when I was in England last year and the South Downs.......just a magnificent area to live. I'd love to go back.

William Nicholson responded:

A pleasure to hear how much you enjoy my film. Maybe one day I'll get back behind the camera. Meanwhile I'm happy living in sight of the South Downs, and getting on with my writing...

Posted by stefanie

May 7th 2010

where did you get the inspiration for the 'Wind on Fire' trilogy? What makes your books so good?

William Nicholson responded:

Kind of you to be so nice about my books. I think my best answer is to say that my books, like all writers' books, come out of all the odd things that have gone to make my life. They may seem like fantasy, but really they're full of my family, the people I've met, the moments I've loved, the fears I've had, and so on. Books are a kind of journey inside someone's head. This is what makes reading such a unique experience. My books are me. If you write yourself (and if you don't, you should try it) you'll know what I mean.

Posted by Kori

May 2nd 2010

I heard there was The Noble Warriors film coming this year but I may be wrong but I thought "who better to ask" so is there? I have just finished seeker but have ordered the next two ha I am hooked. If it really is coming could you share just a tidbit like release date or cast?

William Nicholson responded:

Sadly there's no film on the way. I did write a script for one, but as far as I know it's not going ahead. At least the books are still there.

Posted by Paul Gosling

April 30th 2010

Dear Mr Nicholson - I had a fascinating conversation recently with Norman Stone on the development of Shadowlands with you for BBC TV, and wondered if you might illuminate me on the differences in approach to adapting your work as a stage play, and then as a film with Richard Attenborough ? What were there significant changes demanded by the different forms ? Which version artistically satisfied you the most and why ? Regards - Paul Gosling

William Nicholson responded:

I like all three versions, because each one has strengths the others lack. I think maybe I like the stage version the best, perhaps because it allowed for far more development of the dialogue, and hence the underlying ideas. For the film I added a sub-plot (the student who steals books) at the suggestion of the director Sydney Pollack, who subsequently dropped out of the project.