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

Join the Launch Team For ‘SISI: Empress On Her Own’!

In case you haven’t already heard…on March 8 I will be releasing my new novel “Sisi: Empress on Her Own.” I want to invite you to be a part of the Launch Team for the book. As a member of the team you will get an advance review copy of the book…

A Letter to Booksellers from Author Allison Pataki

Dear Bookseller, I could not be more excited and eager for the upcoming launch of SISI: Empress On Her Own. As I look ahead to the release, one memory stands out in particular. It was a mid-winter blizzard in Chicago, a week after the publication of The Accidental Empress. As I clutched…

Historical Novel Society Review on Sisi: Empress On Her Own

                                                     “The Accidental Empress, Allison Pataki’s introductory novel on Empress Elisabeth of Austria-Hungary, is continued in this portrayal of her later years as an absent…

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