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


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…

15 Historical Fiction Books About Royal Love Affairs

As originally published in Bookbub – by Carly Silver:From Henry VIII’s love for Anne Boleyn to pharaohs falling head over heels in ancient Egypt, kingly passion has driven political affairs for millennia. Here are several tales of royal love affairs that changed everything.Click here to continue reading the full article on post 15 Historical Fiction…

COVER REVEAL! Exclusive First Look at ‘Where The Light Falls’

As originally published in Entertainment WeeklyThis morning, Entertainment Weekly published the exclusive first look at the cover of our forthcoming novel, WHERE THE LIGHT FALLS.What do you think? We loved the imagery of this Parisian scene and hope that, once you’ve had a chance to read the novel, you’ll see how…

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