Allison Pataki

About me

Hi! I am an upstate New Yorker now living in Chicago. I LOVE books– especially historic novels–and anything having to do with them: reading them, writing them, discussing them, you name it.

Here is my “official” bio:
Allison Pataki is the author of the New York Times bestselling The Traitor’s Wife.

She graduated Cum Laude from Yale University with a major in English and spent several years writing for TV and online news outlets.

The daughter of former New York State Governor George E. Pataki, Allison is currently working on her second novel, The Accidental Empress, to be published by Simon & Schuster in February 2015.

A lover of history, Allison was inspired to write The Accidental Empress by her family’s deep roots in the former Habsburg empire of Austria-Hungary. Allison is the co-founder of the nonprofit organization, ReConnect Hungary. She is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and

From my website

Accidental Empress Cover Reveal Contest

We have a cover for The Accidental Empress! I hope you all love it as much as I do. Considering the novel’s heroine is a woman with such a rich and interesting life, it’s no surprise it was a challenge to decide on a final cover. How can we capture…

Book-to-Screen Adaptations: Which Are Your Favorites?

The world’s gone wild for GONE GIRL. Chances are you’ve seen or heard something about the just-released film adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s dark and twisted suspense novel, the story of Nick and Amy Dunne, the world’s most dysfunctional married couple. I’ll admit it, I was right there among the crowds last night on opening night… Devotees…


This morning I received a very large envelope in the mail from my editor. Inside were the final designed pages for my upcoming historical novel, THE ACCIDENTAL EMPRESS. Seeing this, naturally, made my heart skip about ten beats. This is beyond exciting. Years of hard work on this project are now…

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