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

‘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,…

Allison Pataki Participating in 10th Annual Authors Night in East Hampton

I’ll be signing books and meeting readers this weekend during the tenth annual East Hampton Author’s Night! Authors Night is a  fundraiser originally founded by Alec Baldwin and the East Hampton Library to benefit and support the library. Beginning in 2005 with a handful of dinners and a few hundred…

TheSkimm Names ‘The Traitor’s Wife’ Its Skimm Reads Pick!

Want your news to be fast and fun? is a quick and quirky news service with half a million viewers. They do the reading for you and break it down with fresh editorial content. And guess what? They picked The Traitor’s Wife as their Friday read! Check out this blurb:…

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