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 and his second novel Searchers in Winter is due to be released in the Spring of 2020.

Advance praise for Searchers in Winter

“Owen Pataki’s second novel emerges from the rubble of the French Revolution into the legendary conquests of Napoleon. Readers will love the richly drawn characters and evocative settings in this story that pits the values of humanity against those lusting after power and greed.”

—Steven Pressfield, bestselling author of Gates of Fire