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 Final Letter to my Grandmother

Years ago, when Teddy and I were very young, it was night time and we were in grandma’s side of the house. Grandma had gone to bed at her usual time, 7pm, because she always went to bed at 7pm, in order to wake at 5am — this was the…

SISI Turns One on International Women’s Day!

Happy InternationalWomensDay! I couldn’t think of a better or more fitting day to celebrate SISI’s 1st birthday than on the day honoring women across the world who have been thinkers, fighters, lovers, adventurers, and doers.It’s been exactly one year today since SISI’s publication, and by far one of the best things…


This is always a particularly thrilling–and, truth be told, terrifying–step in the process of publishing a book. It’s called ‘First Pass Pages,’ and what it means is this: last chance to hold your raw, rough book in your hands. To mark it up and wrestle with the language and make…

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