Owen Pataki graduated from Cornell University in 2010 with a degree in history. He played varsity football and was a member of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity. In addition to his History major, Owen also studied film.
In 2011 Owen joined the Army and after Basic Training at Fort Jackson and Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, he served as an Army/Cavalry Officer. He also graduated from Airborne School, Air Assault School, Army Reconnaissance Course, and served as a Platoon Leader in a Dismounted Reconnaissance Troop.
He then deployed to Afghanistan in 2014, serving as S1 OIC for Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion with the 10th Mountain Division, stationed at Bagram Airfield.
Following his service in the military, he attended the Filmmaking Program at Met Film School at Ealing Studios in London; also working as a Screenwriter/Director.
In 2015 he took part in the Reconnect Hungary Program (that was co-founded by his sister Allison.)
He now lives in New York, where he is working as a screenwriter and filmmaker. Where the Light Falls is his first novel.
—Michelle Moran, author of Nefertiti