Think you know C.S. Lewis?
Maybe not. Paul McCusker, author and dramatist, of Focus on the Family Radio Theater has written a fascinating biography of Lewis. Unlike most bios McCusker focuses on a slice of Lewis' life: the war years. It was during that time that some of his greatest works were penned. Mere Christianity, which began as a series of BBC radio talks, remains one of Christendom's most read works.
My interview with Paul McCusker is one of the most interesting I've done. Here's the interview and the trailer for C.S. Lewis & Mere Christianity. Enjoy.
Paul McCusker's bio:
Paul was born in 1958 in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, but spent his formative years outside of Washington DC in Bowie, Maryland. He was given his first typewriter early in his childhood and hasn't stopped writing since. Although he received a college degree in journalism, Paul's first love was writing sketches and plays for Grace Baptist Church. From those efforts came his published drama collections for the prestigious Baker's Plays, and the Lillenas Publishing Co., Contemporary Drama Services, Group Books and Monarch/Gazelle Books in England.
In 1985 he moved to California where he worked with Continental Ministries and wrote plays for the nationally-renowned drama group The Jeremiah People. This led to his work as a freelance writer for the Focus on the Family radio drama called Family Portraits, which later became Adventures in Odyssey. Since joining the Focus staff as a writer in 1988, Paul has written over 300 half-hour episodes for Odyssey and has also written 22 tie-in novels. Paul is now Creative Director at FOF, which means he thinks up stuff and then writes it.
In addition to Adventures In Odyssey, Paul helped to create Focus On The Family Radio Theatre, writing and directing many of its productions. Milestones include the Peabody Award-winning Bonhoeffer: The Cost of Freedom, all seven books in CS Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia series, the acclaimed Father Gilbert Mysteries, the Audie-winning Life of Jesus, and The Screwtape Letters. Dickens' Oliver Twist is his latest adaptation.
His novels include Epiphany (nominated for a ECPA Gold Medallion Award) for Zondervan Books, and You Say Tomato with best-selling British writer Adrian Plass. He has authored the popular Zondervan novel The Mill House, and its sequel A Season of Shadows. Paul recently penned a pair of medical thrillers, TSI: The Gabon Virus and The Influenza Bomb, with Dr. Walt Larimore.
His non-fiction includes Playwriting: A Study In Choices & Challenges for Lillenas and The Ultimate Youth Drama Book for Monarch/Gazelle.
More recently, his connections with the writings of CS Lewis have strengthened, with the release of The Annotated Screwtape Letters and the new RT drama, CS Lewis at War. A companion book to that drama will come out next year.
Paul and his wife Elizabeth live in Colorado Springs with their two children.
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