The Company They Keep: C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien as Writers in Community is a labor of love, the work of my heart. It tells the story of the Inklings, a writing group that included Lewis, Tolkien, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams, Warren Hamilton Lewis, John Wain, and others. They met in Oxford for a period of about seventeen years, reading their work out loud and encouraging, criticizing, and supporting each other in dozens of different ways.
In this book, I talk about their interaction, and I describe the difference it made to all that they accomplished. But this is not just a book about Lewis or Tolkien. It’s about community, the need that all of us have to connect with others who share our dreams. It’s about writing and the complexities of the writing process, the times of energy and vision and the times of discouragement and frustration. And it’s about creativity, and the things that help each of us to stay inventive, productive, and courageous as we press into the creative work we feel called to do.