Patti Callahan Henry
New York Times Bestselling Novelist

New York Times bestselling author Patti Callahan Henry has published numerous novels including Friend Request, Losing the Moon, Where the River Runs, When Light Breaks, Between the Tides, The Art of Keeping Secrets, Driftwood Summer, The Perfect Love Song, Coming up for Air, And Then I Found You, The Stories We Tell, The Idea of Love,  and The Bookshop at Water’s End.


Hailed as a fresh new voice in southern fiction, Patti has been shortlisted for the Townsend Prize for Fiction and nominated four different times for the Southeastern Independent Booksellers Novel of the Year. Her work is published in five languages and in audiobook by Brilliance Audio.


Patti has appeared in numerous magazines including Good Housekeeping, skirt! magazine, South magazine, and Southern Living. Two of her novels were Okra Picks and Coming up For Air was selected for the August 2011 Indie Next List. She is a frequent speaker at fundraisers, library events, and book festivals. A full-time writer, wife, and mother of three—Patti lives in Mountain Brook, Alabama.


Patti Callahan Henry grew up in Philadelphia, the daughter of an Irish minister, and moved south with her family when she was 12 years old. With the idea that being a novelist was “unrealistic,” she set her sights on becoming a pediatric nurse, graduating from Auburn University with a degree in nursing, and from Georgia State with a Master’s degree in Child Health. She left nursing to raise her first child, Meagan, and not long after having her third child, Rusk, she began writing down the stories that had always been in her head. She wrote early in the mornings before her children woke for the day, but it wasn’t until Meagan, then six, told her mother that she wanted “to be a writer of books” when she grew up, that Patti realized that writing was her own dream as well. She began taking writing classes at Emory University, attending weekend writers’ conferences, and educating herself about the publishing industry, rising at 4:30 AM to write. Her first book, Losing the Moon, was published in 2004.  

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Ella's life has been completely upended. She's young, beautiful, and deeply in love--until her husband dies in a tragic sailing accident. Or so she'll have everyone believe. Screenwriter Hunter needs a hit, but crippling writers' block and a serious lack of motivation are getting him nowhere. He's on the lookout for a love story. It doesn't matter who it belongs to.But one lie leads to another, and soon Hunter and Ella find themselves caught in a web of deceit. The Idea of Love asks, "Can two people come together for all the wrong reasons and still make it right?"

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Eve and Cooper Morrison are Savannah's power couple. But things may not be as good as they seem. When Cooper is involved in a car accident, the questions surrounding the event bring the family close to breaking point.

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Kate has a secret, something tucked away in her past. And she's getting on with her life. Her business is thriving. She has a strong relationship with her family, and a devoted boyfriend whom she wants to love with all her heart. When the mistakes have been made and the running is over, it's time to face the truth. Can she do it? Can she travel to the place where it all began, to the one who shares her secret? Can the lost ever become found?

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Ellie Calvin is caught in a dying marriage, and she knows this. With her beloved daughter away at college and a growing gap between her and her husband, she doesn't quite seem to fit into her own life. But everything changes when her controlling mother, Lillian, passes away. Ellie sees her ex-boyfriend, Hutch, at the funeral, and learns that he is in charge of a documentary that involved Lillian before her death – and he wants answers to questions that Ellie's not sure she can face.

Friend RequestThe True Story that Inspired the Novel And Then I Found You
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Patti Callahan is one of three sisters, a member of a close-knit Irish American family. Yet as happy and boisterous as they appear to be, the Callahans have long harbored a heartache. Some twenty years ago, Patti's younger sister, Barbi, placed her infant daughter for adoption. The whole family respected Barbi's decision and admired her fortitude. Still, they couldn't help but wonder: What ever became of the beautiful baby who had been placed with a chosen, but anonymous family? On April 20th, 2010, Facebook gave them the answer they'd been looking for. It was a life-changing moment—one that inspired Patti to write this unforgettable true story.

True Fiction Patti Callahan Henry talks about taking a real life story that happened in her family, and how she turned it into a fictional novel without using the facts.
The Power of Story How story changes our lives as both writers and readers.
How to Make a Writer Patti Callahan Henry provides a funny take on her life and how it led her to a career as a novelist, making the point that there is no one way to become a writer
My Three Wrong Beliefs Spoofing Somerset Maugham’s comment that “There are three secrets to writing, unfortunately no one knows what they are”—Patti Callahan Henry talks about the three beliefs that once kept her from writing and publishing.
Writing Lessons Patti Callahan Henry relays the lessons she has learned in writing that also apply to our everyday life.

Discover the inspiration behind And Then I Found You.

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Praise for Coming Up for Air
“An affecting Southern tale about second chances and banishing the ghosts of regret… Romantic storytelling at its simple best.”
Kirkus (starred review)

"A beautiful, emotionally engrossing story about marriage and motherhood, loss and longing. Patti Callahan Henry has done it again, capturing all the complexity of relationships with insight, compassion and a lyrical, unforgettable voice."
–Emily Giffin, New York Times bestselling author of Something Borrowed

“Lyrical and moving… Patti Henry’s luminous story-telling shines through once again.”
–Mary Kay Andrews, New York Times bestselling author of Summer Rental