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Historical Fiction Comes to Life With Author Allison Pataki

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Empress_Elisabeth_of_Austria_Franz_Joseph_AustriaChicago author Allison Pataki cannot be slowed down. Regarded as a “force in historical fiction,” this New York Times best-selling author published her first two novels within a year of each other, and has already begun to tackle her next, highly anticipated project, a sequel to “The Accidental Empress.”

Marrying history and fiction in an edifying manner, Pataki’s novels ignite the unexpected romantic in us all. Her most recent work, “The Accidental Empress,” follows the story of Austro-Hungarian Empress Sisi through her stormy love affair with Emperor Franz Joseph. Better yet, the intricately plotted novel includes a personal touch. Pataki herself has familial ties to the former Habsburg Empire of Austria-Hungary, the crux of Sisi’s captivating story.

Pataki gushed with Make It Better on all things historical fiction, life in Chicago, and her impressive philanthropic involvement.

books-Allison-Pataki-The-Accidental-EmpressMake It Better: Your two novels, “The Traitor’s Wife” and “The Accidental Empress,” are both stunning works of historical fiction. In that genre, where do you draw the line between fact and fiction?

Allison Pataki: As the writer, that is quite possibly the most difficult part of the process…take “The Accidental Empress.” I decided early on that I would be crazy not to rely heavily on the historical record for plot and character development in “The Accidental Empress.” The raw material—a love triangle! An empire divided! An incredibly overbearing mother-in-law! Infidelity! Waltzes!—was all so good and intriguing. I believed that the history of Sisi’s life and time period provided all of the fixings to create a really compelling novel. But as this is a novel and not a biography, I had the creative space to pull not only from the proven facts, but from the mythology and reports as well.

For me, the joy is in…READ MORE HERE.

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