Inspiration & Perspiration:
Danielle Trussoni’s Newsletter

March 14th, 2020

  “Genius is 1 Percent Inspiration and 99 Percent Perspiration.”
– Thomas Edison
 Good morning from the writing cave, where I am reeling from a week of upheaval.

My novel The Ancestor is out in four weeks, and most of the stops on my book tour have been cancelled. Literary Orange in California, The LA Times Festival of Books, and a reading in Washington DC – all hazards of the coronavirus. I still have book stops planned in the Midwest in April (Minneapolis April 14 and 15, Milwaukee April 16 and La Crosse Wisconsin April 18) but those events may go the way of the others if things do not improve.

I have decided to do a virtual book reading event in which I will live stream a reading from the writing cave. Would you like to be a part of this? Just send me a note and I will get you a link to the event. I will also be taking questions from readers, so if you have anything you want to chat about with me (about writing, my books, my horror column) this is the time!!

Aside from everything turning on its head, I have been writing away as usual. Working at home is my usual routine, and so I don’t feel as displaced as some of my friends in NYC who must now work remotely. We just learned yesterday that our daughter’s daycare facility will be closed, and so that indeed will change the nature of my peaceful days writing fiction.

Like so many people, I stocked up the pantry this week, although I am not imagining that stores will close or that we will enter into any kind of apocalyptic era of scarcity. Here’s my pantry and notice there is champagne, for when my book is published:

If you subscribe to The New York Times, you will find my column in this weekend’s Book Review. If you don’t subscribe, here is a link.

I particularly loved Things In Jars by Jess Kidd. I bet you will too!

I am planning a launch party for The Ancestor, and if you are in New York, please let me know and I will send you an invitation.

I opened up my Instagram feed today and found a review of The Ancestor from a librarian! It made my day, as librarians are gods in my eyes.

Here is the review from KellyAnn (and her photo):

Stay healthy this week, use the solitude to write something brilliant, and be in touch with me about my virtual book event.

Thank you for sharing my week!


Danielle Trussoni

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