HarperCollins Speakers Bureau

Patti Callahan

New York Times Bestselling Author, Speaker, Podcast Host, & Co-Founder of Friends and Fiction


  • The Soul of the Story: The Journey and Creative Writing Process
  • The 3 Secrets to Writing: A Workshop and Discussion
  • Once Upon a Wardrobe — Where did Narnia Come From?
  • The Improbable Love Story of C. S Lewis and Joy Davidman
  • Surviving Savannah: The True Story of the Southern Titanic
  • An Evening with Patti Callahan

Patti Callahan is the New York Times, USA TODAY, and Globe and Mail bestselling novelist of sixteen novels, including the beloved Southern contemporary and historical fiction titles Becoming Mrs. Lewis, Surviving Savannah, and Wild Swan.  She is the recipient of The Harper Lee Distinguished Writer of the Year for 2020, The Christy Award “Book of the Year”, and the Alabama Library Association Book of the Year for 2019. Callahan is published in numerous languages. Her next highly anticipated novel, Once Upon a Wardrobe (Harper Muse) published in October 2021.

Callahan puts it best: “discovering untold stories is like having a great secret whispered in your ear,” and she does just that by capturing the hearts of readers through her unparalleled ability to bring them into the worlds of the stories she creates. In addition to her beloved novels, her writing has also appeared in in anthologies and collections such as Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy, Southern Writers Writing, State of the Heart, and Reunion Beach (William Morrow).

A passionate storyteller, Callahan is a popular speaker for libraries, colleges and universities, writing festivals, women’s groups, and literary societies.

Callahan is the co-host and co-creator of the popular weekly online Friends and Fiction live web show and podcast, featuring the five New York Times bestselling authors Mary Kay Andrews, Kristy Woodson Harvey, Kristin Harmel, and Mary Alice Monroe. She is a regular contributor to Parade Magazine and 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.

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

Praise for Once Upon a Wardrobe:

“I advise you to read this book, then wait for a while and then read it again, for while it may not be Narnia, there is magic in it.”
--Douglas Gresham, C. S. Lewis' stepson

"Exquisitely heartfelt, Once Upon a Wardrobe is a love letter to the magic of stories..."
--Sarah Addison Allen, New York Times bestselling author of First Frost and Lost Lake

“...a tale of heartache, hope, and discovery that will forever change the Narnia you thought you knew.”
--Kristin Harmel, New York Times bestselling author of The Forest of Vanishing Stars

Once Upon a Wardrobe is a poignant meditation on the lengths we will go to for our loved ones as well as a fascinating glimpse into the early life of C.S. Lewis. Patti Callahan’s beautiful, life-affirming novel is a reminder that literature lives inside us, and that when we read someone else’s story, we understand so much more about our own. A gorgeous, compelling book."
--Janet Skeslien Charles, award-winning author of The Paris Library

"Enchanting and luminous, filled with the love of family, this is a story for anyone whose life has ever been changed by a book. Megs and George will stretch your heart, perhaps fracture it, then shine light through the cracks and send your spirit soaring. It is impossible not to be swept away by Patti Callahan’s exploration of what lies beneath C.S. Lewis’s beloved land of Narnia. This is storytelling at its finest, deepest, and most profound. A triumph."
--Lisa Wingate, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours and The Book of Lost Friends

“I so loved this story. Every page is filled with magic and wonder, with insight and wisdom.
I am in awe of Patti Callahan’s talent."
--Debbie Macomber #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Callahan once again visits the life and works of C. S. Lewis in this enlightening novel of logic and imagination, faith, and reason…this enchanting novel of faith and hope is a must-read for fans of C. S. Lewis. Readers will be eager to return to the world of “The Chronicles of Narnia” with new insights."
--Library Journal (Starred Review)