Allison Pataki is a New York Times Bestselling author of two books on Hungary’s favorite queen and empress—Sisi.  Those books, The Accidental Empress and Sisi: Empress on Her Own, are novels based on the actual historical events that occurred in Sisi’s life from her years as a young Duchess living in Possenhofen Castle in Bavaria, to her time as Empress of Austria-Hungary living in Vienna, Austria, and Gödöllö, Hungary, to her death in September of 1898 in Geneva, Switzerland, at the hands of an assassin—and many other events in between.

Allison is also author of bestsellers, THE QUEEN’S FORTUNE, THE TRAITOR’S WIFE, WHERE THE LIGHT FALLS, as well as the nonfiction memoir BEAUTY IN THE BROKEN PLACES and two children’s books, NELLY TAKES NEW YORK and POPPY TAKES PARIS. Her newest novel coming out in February 2022 is The Magnificent Lives of Marjorie Post.

Allison’s novels have been translated into more than twenty languages. A former news writer and producer, Allison has written for The New York Times, ABC News, The Huffington Post, USA Today, Fox News and other outlets. She has appeared on The TODAY Show, Good Morning America, Fox & Friends, Good Day New York, Good Day Chicago and MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

Allison is the daughter of the former Governor of New York, George Pataki. She 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 New York with her husband and family. To learn more and connect with Allison, please visit Her handle on Twitter is @AllisonPataki.