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 Particularly Fun (and Creative!) Book Club

There are few things that make me happier than hearing from readers. Writing books is a largely solitary venture, one pursued in a private room with only imaginary characters for company, the sound of the keyboard and my writing playlists my sole accompaniment. And yet, once the story is out there, once…

14 Historical Fiction Books About Real-Life Women

As originally published on BookBub: Some women loom large in the history books, while others slip through the cracks and are all-but-forgotten. The list we’ve complied below features novels about some of history’s most well-known female figures, along with others who might not sound so familiar. The only thing more amazing than…

‘Sisi’ & ‘The Accidental Empress’ Translated in Foreign Languages: See the Latest Foreign Cover!

It never gets old — seeing ‘The Accidental Empress’ & ‘Sisi’ translated and published in foreign languages! I am so unbelievably grateful to the subsidiary & foreign rights teams at Simon & Schuster and Random House for working so tirelessly to publish this book in so many different and wonderful places…

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