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ALLISON PATAKI is the NYTimes Bestselling author of THE TRAITOR'S WIFE, THE ACCIDENTAL EMPRESS, SISI:EMPRESS ON HER OWN, WHERE THE LIGHT FALLS, and the memoir, BEAUTY IN THE BROKEN PLACES.

Her work has been translated into more than a dozen languages, has been featured on The TODAY Show, The NY Times, The Huffington Post, USA Today, FOX News, Morning Joe, and more.

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Allison Pataki Thank you so much! I'm so glad you enjoyed it, and enjoyed Clara Bell as the narrator.

Clara’s perspective allowed 'The Traitor's Wife' to be a more we…more
Thank you so much! I'm so glad you enjoyed it, and enjoyed Clara Bell as the narrator.

Clara’s perspective allowed 'The Traitor's Wife' to be a more well-rounded story. The novel would have been entirely different had I written it from Peggy’s point of view—both for the reader, and also for me as the writer.

Writing through Clara’s eyes allowed me to interject feelings like hope, optimism, insecurity, and idealism into the novel. All of the feelings that one might have felt as they witnessed a new nation’s fight for independence. Clara and Caleb are the consummate idealists—they completely believe in what the fight for American freedom would have been at its best. They believe in the new country, and in George Washington, and in the futures they see as possible. And they, like the new country, are young and naïve and incredibly vulnerable to forces that seem more powerful than they are.

Written from Peggy’s point of view, the book would have been a much more tense, much more uncomfortable experience, I think. With Clara as the protagonist, the reader can be introduced to Peggy, just as Clara is. The reader can be seduced by Peggy, but also repulsed by her. I hope that Peggy is the woman that you love to hate. Seeing it through Clara’s eyes, the reader has a front-row view to the scheming and the double-dealing (which can be really fun to witness), but also enjoy a refreshing dose of sincerity and guilelessness. Peggy is anything but guileless! (less)
Allison Pataki Oh wow, one of my favorite questions to ponder! Thank you for asking. Can I offer two answers? Realistically, I could probably give you ten....
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Oh wow, one of my favorite questions to ponder! Thank you for asking. Can I offer two answers? Realistically, I could probably give you ten....
1. Perhaps I would travel to King Henry VIII's court in Tudor England. I would be fascinated to watch all of the political and personal intrigue in England at that time. I would, however, have to work very hard to keep my head...
2. The second place might be the New York of Edith Wharton's time. What a fascinating period as social norms and conventions were shifting. Wharton draws such complex and beautiful character portraits.(less)
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“Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength.”
Allison Pataki, The Accidental Empress

“I suppose the true test of character comes when facing life’s harshest blows and disappointments. When things don’t turn out how you had hoped they would, do you grow bitter? Spiteful? Blame others and spread your misery? Or do you keep your head high and walk with grace, meeting the struggles which God has placed in your path?”
Allison Pataki, The Traitor's Wife: The Woman Behind Benedict Arnold and the Plan to Betray America

“A deity does not quake simply because the crowd yells. An empress stands fixed, immutable: the calm that continues on, even as the world rages.”
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Sophia Thanks for accepting my friend request, Allison!

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