Some times the weekend gets hijacked by work, but as my mother would say, this is the right problem' - Julian Fellowes
Commitment yet enjoyment, a statement which springs to mind when thinking about Julian Fellowes, especially after he graced the halls of Como, the Halkin Hotel to answer questions given by the community in front of an intimate audience of around 40 guests.
It is impossible to feel challenged when asking Lord Fellowes questions.
What an interesting life he leads. His work has been internationally acclaimed. He entered everyone's screens both as Actor and Director featuring in many films and dramas, notably, Scottish drama, Monarch of The Glen, the renowned film Gosford Park, (in which he won an Oscar) and most recently critically acclaimed Downton Abbey.
The ideas of which did not come in his words, from 'flashes of brilliance' but rather a long hard flow, only edited when he thinks he has reached the -END-. This way, he says, nothing is lost which he may later regret.
So as opposed to just giving us answers, he provided advice, especially for those who pursue writing, and made it sound more accessible to those who do not!
Fellowes says he doesn't usually have a time constraint on any of his novels (notably, Snobs and Belgravia) and that what he does, neither exhausts nor energises him, but rather excites him, 'especially when getting it done in the morning', he adds.
And it must work considering he has won an Oscar which he says is his proudest moment
'It was very nice winning one of those!'
It took him 6 years to produce Downtown Abbey and to finally write the 2 hour Christmas Special. Julian would love to have a lie down and read a good book with a glass of champagne which I think we all agree is well deserved
Sante! or as they say on Downtown Abbey...
Downton the Hatch!