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Posted by Cecilia Burkhart

June 17th 2010

Just returned to your website and was excited to hear you have written a sequel to "The Secret Intensity" book. Anticipating how you extend this story. I enjoyed the first book even though as an American a few details left me wondering. I guess if I were British I would have a greater understanding of the finer points in the detail of the writing. But I thoroughly enjoyed the story as I feel most of us on this earth have -secret intensities- and we sometimes have trouble keeping them in their intended place in our lives. I recently saw a movie that made a statement-"when a man dies his secrets bond together like crystals". This seems so true. Even my own children will not know let alone understand my secret intensities. But I think they may have their own and so on it goes. Part of the human condition? Truly my main reason in writing is to ask about the writing you were beginning on 1066. Has that come to fruition? I understood that would become a film. Since that would encompass a portion of history I know little about I am looking forward to seeing this brought to life. Even though history can be rewritten to suit our bias' and politics, for the most part I enjoy it in film and hope that it is recounted too some degree in truth. Maybe I should also read the book. You are a fascinating writer who encompasses a great variety of subjects. Please continue. I don't think I will ever tire of what you have to offer. Thanks for offering this format for our questions. You are a rare individual who seems to be able to put up with us inept but sincere people who are curious. I love the different. Am currently reading Anne Michaels "Fugitive Pieces" after seeing the film. She certainly is a very different yet fascinating writer as well. Please don't ever tire of the different. It helps some of us who tend to live mundane lives and have little hope of getting beyond that. Thus the secret intensities. Thank you for your answer ahead of time. Sincerely, Cecilia Burkhart

William Nicholson responded:

My 1066 screenplay is done and we're in the process of seeing if it can attract the right level of director/cast - always a tricky and uncertain process, especially nowadays. So we'll see. The new novel comes out here in the UK in September, and I'm now planning the third. I love being able to track characters through time, using them to explore my own passions and doubts. Little by little I'm building a world. Don't speak of your responses as inept - the reader completes the process the writer begins. We need each other.

Posted by Geo

June 17th 2010

Mr. Nicholson, I am a sophomore in high school, and I just finished reading your very well-written trilogy, "The Noble Warriors". And let me be one of the many people to praise you for how amazing your series is. The plot, the characters, the setting, the choice of words, everything. I especially love how all the elements that were introduced at the start of the story, all somehow intertwine in the end. Really, really clever. I'm so glad I was lucky enough to come across such awesome books. I just couldn't put them down. The whole time, I was thinking, "Wow, this should be made into a movie!" I was very amused with each page. How did you get inspired to write such a memorizing story like this? Are some of the characters in the book inspired from the people in your life? These books are just simply one of a kind. I am far from an avid reader, but I can honestly say that these are the best books anyone will ever find. Your newest fan, Geo

William Nicholson responded:

God, I love posts like this. I put so much into my Noble Warriors, and sometimes I get the feeling there's no one out there who gets it. So thank you. I was asked by Sony to turn the first book into a movie, but it never got beyond the screenplay stage. So it looks like the books will have to live on in the imagination of their readers, which is the right place. I love it that you call them 'one of a kind', because of course that's what I feel - that they're highly unusual, and go places other books don't go. But all writers think that. My characters come from myself, of course, and also from all the people my life has caused me to know and love - that's how it works, nothing comes from nowhere - but I'd be hard pressed to say that A is B, or anything as simple as that. The joy of fantasy writing is that it's driven by the subconscious, and that's where I want it to stay.

Posted by Jeanne

June 17th 2010

I have just finished " the seventh level". I read it twice trying to soak in all the information. It has changed everything I thought I knew about sex. I am so glad I found a copy at a friend's home as she was preparing to move to a new home. I am amazed at this new outlook on life. I wanted the story to continue and find out if william and aurora could continue living in love with the world. I thank you for writing it. I'm sorry I do not really have a question, mostly I wanted to know if you were the author and i marvel at the simplicity and yet difficulty of the levels.

William Nicholson responded:

I am the author - it was the first book I ever got published, in my late 20s, over thirty years ago now, and I hardly dare think what I would make of it if I were to re-read it. It's been so long out of print and forgotten that I'm amazed you've stumbled on a copy. But I'm also pleased that you found something to value in the dreams of my younger self. I must go back and check it out.

Posted by ruksar

June 11th 2010

dear mr nicholson i know you havent heard from me from a long time but i really want to ask u this i am going on hoilday in the 6 weeks hoilday and just wanted to know should i take thin books or thick books because i really love reading and why do so many people think that if u read books your a geek i get told that alot so i decided to come to you for some expert advice and wantes to tell you that i love reading your books and to me you are an inspiration to others!!!!!

William Nicholson responded:

Take whatever books you think you're going to love. And if people think you're a geek, let them. Not everyone has to be cool. In fact, if you take the mockery with grace and friendly good humour they'll like you for it, and feel good round you. Imagine if you were the cool hero of your group how insecure everyone else would feel in your company. So do them a favour, be teased, and love your books. Your day will come. It's the readers who inherit the earth.

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.