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 Classic Novel That Celebrates Sunny Spring Days

As published by Off The Shelf: “Spring was moving in the air above and in the earth below and around him, penetrating even his dark and lowly little house with its spirit of divine discontent and longing.” Ah, spring, you are most welcome! As Kenneth Grahame so deliciously puts it…

Mother’s Day Reads: Eight Great Mother Characters in Literature

Read the full article here in The Huffington Post: This weekend we will celebrate Mother’s Day and all of the special women in our lives. Motherhood — it’s a theme and a topic so often explored in literature. In honor of those real-life female figures in your own lives, why…

Historical Fiction Comes to Life With Author Allison Pataki

Read the full article in MAKE IT BETTER MAGAZINE here. Chicago author Allison Pataki cannot be slowed down. Regarded as a “force in historical fiction,” this New York Times best-selling author published her first two novels within a year of each other, and has already begun to tackle her next, highly anticipated…

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