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

Enter to Win! GoodReads Giveaway for Paperback Release of ‘The Accidental Empress’

I’ve got some very exciting news to share with you all: the paperback edition of THE ACCIDENTAL EMPRESS will be released on October 13! If you’d like to get your hands on a FREE copy, check out this giveaway contest from GoodReads: ENTER to win a copy of the new…

USA Today Cover Reveal: ‘Sisi: Empress on Her Own’ by Allison Pataki

Read Joyce Lamb’s full article on’s ‘Happily Ever After’ HEA is thrilled to unveil the cover of Allison Pataki’s Sisi: Empress on Her Own, which arrives March 8. Sisi picks up after Allison’s last novel, The Accidental Empress, but is considered a stand-alone novel. About the book (courtesy of Dial Press): In bestselling author Allison Pataki’s highly…

In Final Edits: Getting Ready for Book Three

This might be the single most exciting moment in a book’s evolution. Oh, there are many exciting moments. The day you ink the deal with your publisher and realize that your book will be made and shared with readers. Launch day. The first stop on a whirlwind book tour. But there’s something…

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