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

Next Up: New Book Deal

What’s next? That’s the question that always comes up any time I speak with readers, booksellers, and reading groups.I can now answer that question.As many of you know, my husband Dave suffered a near fatal bithalamic stroke last June. He turned to me on an airplane, as we were flying to our…

‘Traitor’s Wife’ Movie About American Revolutionary War in the Works at Radar (EXCLUSIVE)

As published by Pictures has acquired the feature film and television rights to Allison Pataki’s novel “The Traitor’s Wife: The Woman Behind Benedict Arnold and the Plan to Betray America,” Variety has learned exclusively.Producers are Ted Field, Mike Weber, Eustace Montgomery Hicks, Aldo La Pietra and Lacy Lynch of Dupree Miller.“The Traitor’s Wife,”…

Next Up!

Hey there!What’s next? That’s the question that always comes up any time I speak with readers, booksellers, and reading groups.Until that question has officially been signed, sealed, and delivered with my publisher, I tend to dodge it, probably from a combination of superstition, bashfulness, and cautiously optimistic hedging.I’m very excited to now…

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