Updated: Oct 25, 2020
Good Afternoon Friends and Fiction Book Club!!!
For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Patti Callahan Henry, but for my last three works, I have written under Patti Callahan – not because I changed my name but because I moved from Contemporary southern stories to Historical Fiction and this is the way we differentiate between the two!I am so thrilled to be here.
My move into historical fiction all started after twelve novels when I decided to write about Joy Davidman, the only love and also wife of C. S. Lewis. (for my other novels you can click on the link to my website below!).
If you missed it here is the video!
This is the book we’ll be talking about this month and it’s called "Becoming Mrs. Lewis."
My fascination with Joy Davidman began as only a twinkling of an interest in this question – “How in the world did these two people get together?”
On paper – a married atheist writer and award-winning poet with two kids in upstate New York and then a Christian apologist and revered Don at Oxford University in England – this pairing was impossible. I began the story with the idea that I was writing a love story – and I was, for sure, but very quickly I also realized that I was writing about the powerful transformational journey of a fiery woman named Joy Davidman.
As I started writing, I quickly grew tired of hearing “about” her and decided I only wanted to hear “from” her. And lucky for us, she has enough writing to keep us occupied for years.
We’ll talk much about her writing this month, especially her love sonnets to C. S. Lewis. And the story grew from there. I soon realized how tired I was of hearing about the “woman behind the man” and I wanted to write about the “woman beside the man” as I saw her fingerprints all over the last decade of Lewis’s work.
Since this novel, I have written two more historical stories and am diving into another.
My audible original called WILD SWAN about Florence Nightingale comes out this winter and my novel (three years in the making) about the long un-told true story of a steamship disaster just discovered at the bottom of the sea off the coast of North Carolina is called SURVIVING SAVANNAH and comes out March 9th, 2021!
Personally, I am a strong believer in the power of story to shape our lives and our minds and our hearts. I have three grown children and one grandbaby, and I live in Mountain Brook, Alabama (Growing up outside Philadelphia, I never saw that one coming).
I am thrilled to join all of you! I’m here to answer questions and just join in the fun with you as my leader.