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 and the upcoming THE ACCIDENTAL EMPRESS.

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

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! Read the news here…

These past two months, I’ve traveled the country speaking to reading groups, libraries, literary festivals, bookstores, and countless other inspiring and fascinating groups of readers throughout the launch of The Accidental Empress. A HUGE thanks to all of you for helping to make it such a thrilling and successful book launch…

A Tale of (Fraternal) Twin Cities

Allison Pataki recently published the NY Times Bestselling novel The Accidental Empress, set primarily in Vienna and Budapest. This is a post she wrote for The Huffington Post while traveling in Austria and Hungary researching the novel. When you drive across the border from Austria into Hungary, you barely know that…

A BIG Mission for Our Littlest Readers

Last night was a great night with Bernie’s Book Bank. If you’re not familiar with the fantastic work they are doing for children and literacy, please check them out. Founder Brian Floriani said it best as we entered the warehouse last night: “If you’re ever having a bad day, come to…

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