Children of Atom

I’ve started writing a fan-fiction novel set in the world of Fallout 3 for fun and for practice.  It’s called Children of Atom but it’s not written for children and I wouldn’t let them read it.  Although I’m writing this for the enjoyment of it, it will certainly contain some serious themes and harsh realities more suited to…

My First Tea with Walter Hooper

In 2007, while studying at the University of Oxford by means of a study-abroad program, I joined and attended the weekly meetings of the Oxford University C. S. Lewis Society, where I met Walter Hooper, Lewis’ late-in-life secretary and friend and posthumous editor and biographer, a man whom I had wanted to meet for a very…

An Email From Walter Hooper

An email from Walter Hooper, dated 7 November 2015. “Dear Travis – Congratulations, and thank you very much for the lovely copy of A Window in an Unlikely Place, which arrived several days ago. I feel deeply honoured to be one of your Dedicatees – for which thank you very, very much. I’m sent many…

The Esper: Fan-Fiction Novel Contest Submission

  I submitted a fan-fiction novel I wrote many years ago to an online contest.  Head on over to Inkitt.com to read and vote up The Esper, my novelization of Final Fantasy VI, which has received enthusiastic reviews on FanFiction.net: “Very, Very, VERY good…. I see there’s a few people who’ve adapted novels from the games and I’ve taken…

Preview of Next Book, The Fallacious Book of Fables

My next book will be a collection of fables, each of which illustrates a logical fallacy–that is, a common mistake in thinking.  I have written ten so far, which means that I’m either 50% or 75% finished, depending on how many I include in this volume.  The stories have names like “The Poisoned Well,” “Doc Post…

How Long it Took to Write

My fifth and sixth graders often ask me how long it took to write A Window in an Unlikely Place.  That is a complicated question.  The short (but misleading) answer is ten years.  But I didn’t work on it continuously for that long.  I wrote the first draft when I was nineteen. My friend, AJ,…

The Real-Life Brickworks: The Kilns

I took my inspiration for Brickworks, the Professor’s house in A Window in an Unlikely Place, from the home of C. S. Lewis, called the Kilns.  My wife and I had the pleasure of seeing the Kilns (few real-life places are so magical) from the inside while I was studying at the University of Oxford in…