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Meet the Author - Will Shakespeare

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Initial post: 13 Jun 2011 01:37:50 BDT
NickName says:
Yo guys. How's thine all doing? A bit about myself. I've written some poetry as well as plays for the Queen, but mostly I just like to hang out at the pub mind-sparring with Christopher Marlowe. I like darts, lawn bowling and harassing small children with big words. My pet peeves include anyone who thinks they can rival my greatness. I also hate dogs. OUT OUT DAMN SPOT!!

My new play, Romeo and Juliet is about a couple who just can't groove to the tune on account of one family thinks the other is bogus. Please ignore Gnomeo & Juliet that squallid pitiful bile pilfered from my mind's eye and called original with the insertion of garden statues. Dost thou shameth not?

Also, check me out at Barnes & Noble at 82nd and Broadway next week, where I'll be signing copies of my new book King Lear (The New Folger Library Shakespeare) now available in paperback!

-Wm Shakes

PS - that Anne Hathaway character running around making movies is NOT the real Anne Hathaway. Dig it.

Posted on 13 Jun 2011 14:43:04 BDT
Last edited by the author on 13 Jun 2011 14:43:26 BDT
Fiona Hurley says:
Hi Wills,
I'm a big fan of your stuff, but you really ought to get a better fact checker. Milan is not a port city (as in The Tempest), and ancient Romans did not use clocks (as in Julius Caesar).

Do you have any favourite actors in mind for the film versions? That DiCaprio guy has played a few romantic leads and is popular with the girls.
- Fiona

Posted on 13 Jun 2011 15:31:18 BDT
Last edited by the author on 13 Jun 2011 16:08:56 BDT
NickName says:
Thy eunuch Di-Crap-rio is fitteth not to play the cur of either Rosencrantz or Guildenstern. Dost thou boil by blood with the mention of that moniker. Methinks Johnny Knoxville for the role of MacBeth.

Next question.

Posted on 13 Jun 2011 17:56:13 BDT
AJ-99 says:
Mr Shakespeare, Mr Shakespeare! Isn't it true that most of your plots are 'recycled', i.e. stolen?

And how do you respond to allegations that you're actually just a front man for the Earl of Oxford?

Posted on 13 Jun 2011 18:04:57 BDT
AJ-99 says:
And why are you incapable of writing a good part for a mature ladyboy? They're just the eye-candy love-interest in the sensual dresses and then as soon as their beards grow you cast them as witches. An actress can still be sexy after her balls drop.

Posted on 13 Jun 2011 18:53:04 BDT
NickName says:
How dare you, sir! I have recycled nothing but genius from one play to the next. Thy Royal fobs wish credit for everything. And if it weren't for the peculiar fancies of Mr. Burbage I would use no ladyboys at all. I myself question your interest in them with eyebrows raised.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jun 2011 18:57:18 BDT
John Harding says:
c'mon Highwayman, we know it's you!

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jun 2011 19:31:07 BDT
AJ-99 says:
But aren't you yourself just a fawning lapdog to the nobility, purveying escapist pap with no relevance to the very real and meaningful Issues facing the average man in the midden today? Haven't you failed to engage with the class struggle and fight the power the way, say, Ben Jonson has?

Posted on 13 Jun 2011 20:29:42 BDT
NickName says:
My dear AJ, in the spirit of modern-day average man relevance, I believe I shall address your retort in the way of our 21st Century bretheren: YO MAMA!!

Posted on 13 Jun 2011 20:36:32 BDT
AJ-99 says:
Exactly what I might have expected from the man who gave the world the shameless Blaxploitation of 'Othello'.

Posted on 13 Jun 2011 23:38:34 BDT
AJ-99 says:
(I'm playing a different, less combative questioner now).

Sir, do you have any plans for sequels to any of your plays?

And when can we expect video game adaptations of your work?

Posted on 13 Jun 2011 23:40:05 BDT
AJ-99 says:
Is there any truth to the rumour you're suing Tom Stoppard?

Posted on 14 Jun 2011 04:36:02 BDT
NickName says:
The courts are so pedestrian, though I believe the reprehensible She's The Man [DVD] is thine Hollywood sequel to Twelfth Night and the lowly, gluttonous circular "Pac-Man" encompasses all else of my works.

Posted on 14 Jun 2011 19:04:05 BDT
M. Dowden says:
So Shakes, why did you pander to the Royal Court and not wrote a truthful Macbeth play? Hoping for a bit more patronage?

Posted on 14 Jun 2011 21:17:08 BDT
NickName says:
Pander to thy who beholds the power to enrich or silence into obscurity...I believe you 21st century folks call it "selling out"

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In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jun 2011 21:46:17 BDT
NickName says:
Banish thy miserable persiflage from thine forum thread, spam beast!!

Posted on 16 Jun 2011 16:33:39 BDT
Huck Flynn says:
What thinkest thou of Harold Pinter - that upstart crow !

Posted on 16 Jun 2011 16:44:19 BDT
NickName says:
Thou takest the words right from thine gullet.

Posted on 19 Jun 2011 16:30:10 BDT
NickName says:
How dareth I be ridiculed by all thou! I cameth on this forum to plug my crappeth, not to be insulted...eth.

Posted on 19 Jun 2011 18:05:28 BDT
M. White says:
Methinks everyone on this thread doth protest too much

Posted on 4 Jul 2011 07:08:03 BDT
Gosh, where do I start - at the beginning I guess!
I and my husband Bob Bridgestock were born and lived in West Yorkshire until we relocated to the Isle of Wight in 2003. Between us we have 47years employment with the police, I was a member of the Civilian support staff and Bob was a Police Officer. We never had any inclinations to become authors, but others found our verbal stories thrilling which led them to put pen to paper.

Bob was born in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire in 1952. He left Grammar School at the age of 15, served an apprenticeship as a Butcher then spent two years in a dye works before joining the police force on the 28th January 1974. In 1981 he was awarded the much acclaimed `Denis Hoban Trophy' for outstanding detective work. On retirement he received a Certificate of Loyal Service from West Yorkshire Police in appreciation and recognition of 30years `Loyal and Devoted Service to the Community'. As a career detective he worked in the CID at every rank. For over half of his service he was a senior detective, retiring at the rank of Detective Superintendent. As a Senior Investigative Officer (SIO) in charge of homicide cases he took command of some twenty-six murder investigations, twenty- three major incidents including shootings and attempted murders and over fifty suspicious deaths and numerous sexual assaults, some of which were extremely high profile in his last three years alone. He received numerous commendations from high court judges and chief constables who credit him with personal commitment and professionalism, expertise and diligence as well as competence with skilful leadership in sensitive, complex high profile cases with the subsequent presentation of compelling evidence. He was a Force Hostage Negotiator and was also commended for his work into the investigation of a protracted, high profile investigation of police corruption in another police force.

I was born in Halifax, West Yorkshire in 1961. I left Grammar School at the age of 16 and went on to study hairdressing at college. At the age of twenty I was running her own successful salon as well as teaching at the college. In 1988 I commenced working for the Police as a member of the support staff in the administration department. As a supervisor I received a Chief Constable's commendation for outstanding work for my determination and drive creating a poster competition for an Autumn Fall Crime Initiative involving local schools.

I always knew Bob could tell a good story because of the experiences he had had in his life but my nagging fell on deaf ears until in 2008 when out of the blue he enrolled us on a college course to 'Write Your First Novel'. I am the Chairperson of Wight Fair Writers' Circle which developed from that course and involves the community in writing competitions for all ages.

Our first novel, Deadly Focus, was published in 2009 and the next book in the series 'Consequences' is expected to arrive in the summer of 2011. Now we are full time writers it is anticipated that two further additions to the series will be published during 2011.

At the moment we've having a really exciting time. 'Deadly Focus,' published by Caffeine Nights Publishers is now out in paperback and ebook from all good bookstores and internet sites. See a short film clip of us talking about our unique approach to our writing together@ http://youtube/GTsq3qw4EcI
A national newspaper rates it a `Cracking Story,' and famous script writer P J Hammond of Midsomer Murders, Sapphire & Steele fame etc. says `I think it's marvellous. It's both witty and harrowing, and the dialogue and characters are great. It also reveals so much about working coppers' problems with the system. I know this sort of thing has been dealt with in previous police stories, but you bring a deeper insight to it without being preachy or pretentious. Most importantly, the police characters are believable and one cares about them. The mortuary viewing scene with the dead child is heartbreaking. In fact, it's a difficult book to put down.
If you'd like to download the first two chapters of 'Deadly Focus' you can do so by visiting our website I hope you get the time to read them and enjoy! The second book in the RC Bridgestock series is due out in August and it's called 'Consequences'; book 3 is with the publisher for consideration and book 4 is being re-written with book 5 well on its way.
We hope we can bring some realism to crime fiction that is hard to write if you haven't been there and bought the T-shirt as they say. It would be great if you could let us know what you think if you get the time to read our work.
Kind regards,

Posted on 4 Jul 2011 15:03:55 BDT
NickName says:
Thou arst a long-winded fool. My eyes glaze over after paragraph the second.
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