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


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…

‘The Traitor’s Wife’ Reading & Signings in Chicago & NYC Areas, Plus Other Exciting Updates

Hello all, and happy September! Wow, it’s mid-September already?! I saw pumpkins at Trader Joe’s the other day and I realized that my denial about summer being over needs to officially end. There are football games on the TV and pumpkins at Trader Joe’s. That’s just the way it goes.…

‘The Traitor’s Wife’ Featured at Fort Ticonderoga Author Series

This Sunday, August 31st, I will be speaking at the Fort Ticonderoga Author Series about The Traitor’s Wife, Benedict Arnold, and the role that this storied fort has played over the centuries. Nestled in between Lake George and Lake Champlain, with the Adirondack State     Park and Green Mountains as its backdrop,…

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