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

SISI Is Here in Paperback!

Friends! Great news this morning: here is SISI in paperback form, hot off the presses!I’m just seeing her for the first time — doesn’t that Habsburg red look stunning? She is lightweight and travel-ready, for all of you on-the-go readers, and she’ll be available on February 7.I personally love paperback;…

BookBub: The Biggest Historical Fiction Books of 2016

2016 has been a wonderful year for historical fiction. From empresses to soldiers and everything in between, these novels have captivated readers, providing engrossing, thought-provoking glimpses into some of the most tumultuous periods of history.We’ve complied this year’s biggest historical fiction books below, complete with publishers’ descriptions. If you’re looking…

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…

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