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“Stories that steal your imagination.”  

Patti Callahan Henry is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of fifteen novels, including the (Historical Fiction), BECOMING MRS. LEWIS—The Improbable Love Story of Joy Davidman and C.S. Lewis (writing as Patti Callahan).  In addition, she is the recipient of The Christy Award—A 2019 Winner "Book of the Year.”; The Harper Lee Distinguished Writer of the Year for 2020, and the Alabama Library Association Book of the Year for 2019.  
 
The author is also the host of the popular seven-part original "Behind the Scenes of Becoming Mrs. Lewis Podcast Series" launched,  October 2019. The podcast audiobook collection including bonus material was released January, 2020.  The new expanded Becoming Mrs. Lewis paperback edition was released March, 2020.  

 

Patti's Story
 

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WILD SWAN, a novella following the fiery life of one of history’s greatest heroines and the mother of modern nursing: Florence Nightingale by Patti Callahan released December 10, 2020, as an Audible Original performed by Cynthia Erivo.
 
On March 9, 2021, SURVIVING SAVANNAH—a new historical fiction novel based on the true story of the Steamship Pulaski wreck will be released and available for pre-order now. 

 

ONCE UPON A WARDROBE is another tenderly imagined and enchanting story that pulls back the curtain on the early life of C. S. Lewis from Callahan— coming October 19, 2021, and available for pre-order now—published by Harper Collins' new imprint —Harper Muse. Callahan's Once Upon a Wardrobe will be their debut novel launching this fall.
 
Patti Callahan is the co-creator and co-host of the weekly web show and podcast FRIENDS AND FICTION featuring the five bestselling authors Mary Kay Andrews, Kristy Woodson Harvey, Kristin Harmel, and Mary Alice Monroe with endless stories, special guests, and a way to connect readers and writers.

 
A full-time author and mother of three children, she now resides in both Mountain Brook, Alabama, and Bluffton, South Carolina with her husband.

Longer Expanded Bio

Patti’s Callahan Henry's Southern contemporary books include Losing the Moon, Between the Tides; Where the River Runs; When Light Breaks; Between the Tides; The Art of Keeping Secrets; Driftwood Summer; The Perfect Love Song: A Holiday Story; Coming Up for Air; And Then I Found You; The Stories We Tell; The Idea of Love, The Bookshop at Water’s End, and The Favorite Daughter. 

 

Her historical fiction titles (writing under the name of Patti Callahan) include: BECOMING MRS. LEWIS (10/18) the improbable love story of Joy Davidman and C. S. Lewis, and her Behind the Scenes of BECOMING MRS. LEWIS PODCAST (01/20) Collection. WILD SWAN, a novella and story of Florence Nightingale released (12/20), as an Audible Original performed by Cynthia Erivo. 

SURVIVING SAVANNAH—(3/21) a new historical fiction novel based on the true story of the Steamship Pulaski wreck will be released. ONCE UPON A WARDROBE is another tenderly imagined and enchanting story that pulls back the curtain on the early life of C. S. Lewis from Callahan— (10/21) —published by Harper Collins' new imprint —Harper Muse. Callahan's Once Upon a Wardrobe will be their debut novel launching this fall.

A finalist in the Townsend Prize for Fiction, an Indie Next Pick, an OKRA pick, and a multiple nominee for the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) Novel of the Year, Patti is published in numerous languages. Her articles and essays have appeared in Southern Living, PINK, Writer’s Digest, Garden and Gun, Portico Magazine, Love Magazine (UK), Red Magazine (UK), Atlanta Journal, Birmingham Magazine, and more.

 

Her essays can also be found in anthologies and collections such as Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy; Southern Writers Writing, and State of the Heart.  REUNION BEACH, Stories Inspired by Dorothea Benton Frank, a collaboration and tribute to be released (4/21). Patti joins a group of bestselling authors to present a moving anthology to pay tribute to the legendary NYT bestselling author and her literary legacy. Patti is a frequent speaker at luncheons, book clubs, and women’s groups.

Patti Callahan is the co-creator and co-host of the weekly web show and podcast FRIENDS AND FICTION featuring the five bestselling authors Mary Kay Andrews, Kristy Woodson Harvey, Kristin Harmel, and Mary Alice Monroe with endless stories, special guests, and a way to connect readers and writers.

 

Growing up in Philadelphia as the daughter of a Presbyterian minister, Patti learned early the value of storytelling. At the age of twelve, her family moved to South Florida where Patti found the sanctuary of libraries and began her slow but steady journey into understanding the power of story to navigate confusing times in life.

 

Patti attended Auburn University for her undergraduate work and Georgia State University for her graduate degree. Once a Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, she now writes full-time.

 

The mother of three children, she now lives in both Mountain Brook, Alabama, and Bluffton, South Carolina with her husband.

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New York Times
Bestselling Author
and co-creator and co-host of the weekly web show and podcast  
Friends and Fiction. 
 
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