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Allison Pataki

Allison Pataki is the author of the New York Times bestselling historical novel, The Traitor’s Wife. 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 a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and FoxNews.com. Allison lives in Chicago with her husband. To learn more and connect with Allison visit AllisonPataki.com. 
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Author Allison Pataki talks about her new novel 'The Accidental Empress'

Bestselling Author Allison Pataki discusses the little-known and tumultuous love story of “Sisi,” the Austro-Hungarian empress and captivating wife of Emperor Franz Joseph in her new novel The Accidental Empress.'

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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. 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.

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. 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. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. I love moonlighting as a travel agent. Nothing makes me happier than planning trips and exploring new places!

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November 24, 2014

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

November 24, 2014

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

November 24, 2014

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

November 24, 2014

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Years ago I was traveling through Austria and Hungary... see more

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