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

A Tale of Two Menus: Eating in Sister Cities on the Danube

AS PUBLISHED BY ALLISON PATAKI IN THE HUFFINGTON POST: A quick break to warm up with a hot chocolate and cream at Vienna’s iconic Demel’s, right across from the Hofburg Palace. COPYRIGHT  I was out to dinner in Vienna recently, eating with two friends who happen to be from nearby Hungary. We…


As published on Historical Novel Review by Mirella Patzer: I truly enjoy reading books by author Allison Pataki and this one was no exception. She strikes a wonderful balance between presenting historical descriptions and moving the story forward. The prose is always effortless and the story always interesting. Her depiction…

‘The Accidental Empress’ Debuts at #7 on New York Times Bestseller List!

I could not be more thrilled to share the news that The Accidental Empress debuted this past week at #7 on the New York Times Bestseller List for Hardcover Fiction! Yes, I am absolutely still pinching myself. I think I might have pierced my literary agent’s eardrum when she told me the…

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