Allison Pataki

Allison Pataki is the New York Times bestselling author of The Traitor’s Wife, The Accidental Empress, Sisi: Empress on Her Own, and her forthcoming novel, Where the Light Falls. Allison’s novels have been translated into more than a dozen languages. A former news writer and producer, Allison has written for The New York Times, ABC News, Huffington Post, USA TODAY, Fox News, and other outlets. She has appeared on the Today show, Fox & Friends, Good Day New York, Good Day Chicago, and MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

Allison graduated Cum Laude from Yale University with a major in English and spent several years in journalism before switching to fiction writing. A member of The Historical Novel Society, Allison lives in Chicago with her husband and daughter. To learn more and connect with Allison, please visit AllisonPataki.com or Twitter @AllisonPataki.

Books by this Author

The Accidental Empress
The Best Fiction Sampler Ever 2015 - Howard Books
The Best Fiction Sampler Ever 2014 - Howard Books
The Traitor's Wife

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My Life in 8 Words

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Keep your feet on the ground and your head in the stars

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. The ability to speak and understand any foreign language. It sure would make traveling a lot smoother!

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. Sitting on the outdoor terrace of a cafe in Paris, with my cafe au lait and my chocolate croissant on the way.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Hotel reviewer. Imagine traveling the world and getting wined and dined at the world's nicest hotels and coolest locales. I can't imagine it getting better than that.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. I'm outdoors on a summer day surrounded by friends and family members. We have a beautiful backdrop of untouched nature surrounding us, preferably with a water view of some sort. It's warm because, for me, happiness requires warmth and sunshine! We are all happy and healthy and about to sit down to a delicious meal.

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Empress Elisabeth, or Sisi, was and continues to be a... see more

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Why should we, as American readers, care about Sisi and the... see more

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There are so many beautiful scene settings in my upcoming... see more

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