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Reader Meet Writer Author Series

Updated: Jan 25

SPOTLIGHT ON: ONCE UPON A WARDROBE BY PATTI CALLAHAN

The Southern Bookseller Review Newsletter

NOVEMBER 30, 3021





Spotlight on: Once Upon a Wardrobe by Patti Callahan


Where do you get your ideas? Where do ideas come from?


When Patti Callahan was asked to describe her new novel Once Upon a Wardrobe in a sentence she answered "Where did Narnia come from?"


"Where do get your ideas" is, as she readily admits, the most common question any writer has ever received about the book they have written.


"it's an unanswerable question," Callahan admits, "It's mysterious. A little bit numinous. A little bit out of my control. We come up with answers...but you can't ever fully say."


It was, nevertheless, a question that came up for Callahan herself when she was researching her novel on C.S, Lewis's wife, Becoming Mrs. Lewis. She saw clues, "breadcrumbs" of things in Lewis's life that hinted at what would become Narnia. "Where did Narnia come from?" became a question she was always asking at the back of her mind. Rather than come up with a list of reasons, "I thought," she said, "it would be more interesting to answer that question as a story."




What booksellers are saying about Once Upon a Wardrobe


I have eagerly been awaiting for this story as I am a fan of all things C.S. Lewis related! Callahan does not disappoint. She has chosen a unique perspective on the life of Lewis by weaving the yearnings of a small boy, George, who desperately wanted to know where Narnia came from into a deep connection that he comes to have with Lewis through his sister, Megs. Wonderfully charming and insightful! ― Stephanie Crowe from Page & Palette in Fairhope, AL Buy from Page & Palette


“The way stories change us can’t be explained. It can only be felt like love.” Patti Callahan in Once Upon a Wardrobe has written a story that has so many quotes that I wanted to keep forever with me. This book is a treasure that you can keep in your life forever. ― Nancy Pierce from Bookmiser, Inc. in Marietta, GA Buy from Bookmiser

This unfolding tale of how C.S. Lewis penned one of his best known works is spellbinding. I cannot remember the last time a book made me cry, but Patty Callahan created Megs and George who reached in and melted my heart. ― Jackie Willey from Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC Buy from Fiction Addiction


Patti is a wonder, and her enduring relationship with the life and loves of CS Lewis delves deep into the heart of what it means to be a passionate reader. This is a novel about a practical young woman bound to find the story behind the story of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe to fulfill her dying brother's last wish. What a beautiful book! ― Ashley Warlick from M Judson, Booksellers in Greenville, SC Buy from M. Judson





About Patti Callahan


Patti Callahan is the New York Times, USA TODAY, and Globe and Mail bestselling novelist of sixteen novels, including Becoming Mrs. Lewis and Surviving Savannah, out now, and Once Upon a Wardrobe, out October 19, 2021. A recipient of the Harper Lee Distinguished Writer of the Year, the Christy Book of the Year, and the Alabama Library Association Book of the Year, Patti is the cofounder and cohost of the popular web series and podcast Friends & Fiction. Follow her at www.patticallahanhenry.com.





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