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Posted by Ed Reed

July 25th 2010

A while back youn told me that you were working on a remake of Race for the Double Helix. Can you please give me an update? Thanks, Ed

William Nicholson responded:

I have written a screenplay for a movie version, but in this present climate the studios are reluctant to finance films like this - smaller scale more upmarket, perhaps I should say more demanding, stories. So nothing is happening.

Posted by Bradley Kerr

July 24th 2010

Dear William, firstly I would like you to know that Shadowlands is my favourite film of all time. It is as close to a spiritual experience in a film I have ever come across. In fact I would go as far as to say it makes one feel less alone in the world. Secondly I have a small request to ask. I was hoping you could read just the opening seven pages of a script I have written. If you don't like it after reading the seven pages then I'll completely understand but my MA lecturer has told me it is amongst the best he has read from any student on the course (I graduated on the 15th July:-). I know you're extraordinarily busy but your opinion would mean so much to me. Would you be willing?

William Nicholson responded:

It's hard to have to say this, but I just can't agree to reading and giving feedback on other people's scripts. There are simply too many. I would never have time for my own work. So please forgive me - there will be others closer to you who can give you a response to your work. But congratulations on what sounds like something very special.

Posted by Rosa Monckton

July 18th 2010

Not a question, rather a fan e mail. I have just finished The Secret Intensity of Everyday Life, and am going to start it again tomorrow. It is extraordinary, minutely observant, wise and true. Thank you Rosa

William Nicholson responded:

I'm grateful for your positive response - it's not been an easy journey, getting this novel out. But now its sequel is on the way, this September, and I'm at work on the third in the sequence. I think word is slowly spreading...

Posted by Mia Sands

July 17th 2010

Hi, I'm 16 and aspiring to be either a director or an editor. I was wondering if you'd ever thought of making the 'Wind on Fire' trilogy into films, as you have had experience directing before. As I was reading the books, I found that a lot of the descriptions were written in a way that could be useful and inspiring to a director and therefore made into a film. If I ever become famous in my chosen field (haha admitedly unlikely) I'd love to make the films myself. I just wanted to know whether you ever intended for the books to be screenwritten in future? Thanks, Mia.

William Nicholson responded:

They would be expensive films to make, and so far I've not had an offer that convinces me would do a good job. But I'm not against the idea at all. So maybe one day you'll be a famous director and you'll be the one.

Posted by Adriana Marachlian

July 16th 2010

Dear Mr. Nicholson, I just wanted to tell you how much I LOVE your Wind On Fire Trilogy. I know, right? How many times have you heard that? However, I didn't think this would make much sense unless I said that. Your trilogy has been among my all time favorite books ever since I first read it. Before I ask my question, I feel I have to tell you that I had NO idea you wrote in English... I read your trilogy more than six years ago, when I was still in high school and knew not an ounce of English. I read them in Spanish and they were called El Viento En Llamas (EL Silbador del Viento, Los Esclavos del Maestro, and El Son del Viento). Anyway, my two brothers, both seven, have been wanting to read my books so I handed them the first two and told them to haven fun. Then I re-read your name on the cover and realized how un-Spanish it sounded. May I say that I was thoroughly shocked? I was. In any case, I searched the internet and landed on your official website and thought I should tell you this pointless story. Oh, the never-ending circle of life. On to the actual question: what would you say is the hardest step of the writing process? (planning, characterization, editing, etc.) I like to write and I'm always curious about how other writers go about it. Keep writing, it makes the world a better place. Love, Adriana. P.S.: This is rather strange, but I think the name of Firesong sound better in Spanish than in English.

William Nicholson responded:

In six years your English seems to have gone from zero to perfect. Which is great for a writer, as you plan to be, because English, for better or worse, has become the global language. The hardest step for me: maintaining belief in your book through the long business of actually writing it. Just keeping going. And then doing what you know has to be done, which is rewriting. All the best with your own creations.

Posted by Michele Stapleton

July 14th 2010

I happened upon The Trial of True Love during a vacation at a lovely cottage in Quebec,Canada. What an enjoyable way to spend a day and a half. And yes, the ending surprised me mightily! sincerely, Michele Stapleton

William Nicholson responded:

Maybe you'd enjoy my newest novel, The Secret Intensity of Everyday Life. It's contemporary and very real, whereas True Love was a little more fantastical; but everything I write has the same mind behind it. And I am very proud of this new book...