Danielle Trussoni is a New York Times and Internationally bestselling author of seven books. She has been the chair jurist of the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction and a book columnist for The New York Times Book Review. Her novels have been translated into over thirty languages. She has lived in Japan, England, Bulgaria, France, The United States and Mexico. She currently lives in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, with her family.




I was born in La Crosse, Wisconsin and read voraciously as a child. I’ve wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember. Here’s my first author photo at age two.


Japan and Vietnam

I moved to Japan to work as an English teacher. From Japan, I went to Vietnam to research the tunnels my father explored as a tunnel rat during the Vietnam war. After my trip, I began writing about the experience. Each afternoon, I went up to the library and wrote a few pages by hand. These early pages would eventually become my first book, Falling Through the Earth.


Iowa Writers Workshop

With the pages I wrote in Japan, I was accepted to the prestigious Iowa Writers Workshop, where I was awarded an MFA in Fiction.
Learn more about what it's like to attend The Iowa Writers Workshop


The Michener Copernicus Society of America

Before my first book Falling Through the Earth was published, it was nominated by my mentor James Alan McPherson to whom I will later dedicate my novel The Puzzle Master.
Learn more about the award.


Falling Through the Earth

Falling Through the Earth, a memoir about my relationship with my father is published. It appeared on the cover of The New York Times Book Review, whose editors chose it as one of the Ten Best Books of the Year, and was widely reviewed.
A highlight for me was the legendary Maureen Corrigan reviewing the book on Fresh Air.
Click here for more information about Falling Through the Earth.


First interviews

I’ve been interviewed for radio and podcast dozens of times (see podcast links below), but my first recorded interview was on NPR about my first book. Listen here



After years of suffering from Francophilia, I moved with my family to France. We lived in Aubais, a small village between Nimes and Montpellier. Events that occurred here later inspired my memoir The Fortress.



Four years later, my first novel, Angelology, is published.
Translated into over 30 languages, Angelology becomes a New York Times and international bestseller. It was featured on the cover of The New York Times Book Review and was chosen as one of the Best 100 Books of the Year.



Angelopolis, the sequel to Angelology, is published and becomes a New York Times bestseller.
Purchase Angelopolis here:


The Fortress

My second memoir about the breakup of my marriage, is published. I wrote the entire first draft by hand in six narrow-ruled notebooks while living in the West Village of NYC.
Listen to this discussion about how the act of writing this book helped me find a way through it.
Read an excerpt of The Fortress here.
Purchase The Fortress here.


Book Columnist

My tenure as a book columnist at The New York Times Book Review begins. Read some of my columns below:
A Dark Cavalcade of New Horror Fiction
Spine-Chilling and Flesh-Crawling: The Latest Horror Fiction


The Ancestor

A novel that O Magazine called “One of the Best Gothic Novels of All Time” is published a few weeks after the pandemic lockdown begins. I turn to podcasts to get the word out (see podcast list below). Purchase The Ancestor here.



Together with my husband, Hadrien Royo, I developed a ten part sci-fi audio drama called CRYPTO-Z. You can listen to the whole thing here:


The Puzzle Master

My novel The Puzzle Master was released in June in the US, France, and Spain, with translations coming in fourteen countries. It was chosen for the CBS New York Summer Book Club with Mary Calvi, was an IndieNext Pick and an Amazon Best Book of the Month. Henrietta Verma, veteran reviewer behind firstClue declared that it was 'The best book I've ever read" (read her full review here.)
I appeared live on CBS New York to discuss my book.

Watch Danielle's interview with Mary Calvi on CBS