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Booktrail: Q&A —Travel to Oxford – Becoming Mrs Lewis by Patti Callahan

Updated: Jul 1, 2019



Travel to Narnia with Patti Callahan


VERY excited to have Patti Callahan on The BookTrail today. This lady takes readers to Narnia…well, Oxford and the setting of her novel about Mrs Lewis, wife of the famous CS Lewis…..


This writer has woven magic in her work, bringing in a real life character into a fictional work and merging the two wolds very nicely indeed!


BookTrail the locations in Becoming Mrs Lewis



What inspired you to tell the story of the woman behind this most famous of men?

I had always known that C. S. Lewis loved and married late in life, and that it was a tragic love story. I wanted to know more about it — their love story is so inspiring and improbable! It was important to understand it; I wanted to know how these two came to find each other when they lived on opposite sides of the Atlantic and should have never met. At first, I thought I was writing about the improbable love story, but then I realized that I was actually writing about the fiery transformational journey of an incredible poet and writer. Joy’s life and how she overcame hardship inspired me to tell her story from her point of view.


They do say behind every great man, there’s a great woman….

Ah, yes, and I wanted to tell the story of the woman beside the man. When I “met” Joy, I knew that her story had only been told in bits and pieces, and that she had been delegated to the “dying wife of C. S. Lewis” and “the woman behind the man”. She was far from either and I wanted to tell the story of the woman beside the man!



BookTrail the locations in Becoming Mrs Lewis



What kind of research did you do?

It took years, but inspiring years. I decided very early on that I was tired of hearing about her and wanted to hear from her. So I immediately began reading all her work, of which there is much! She was an award winning and prolific poet, novelist, essayist, screenwriter and critic. Even