Inspiration & Perspiration:
Danielle Trussoni’s Newsletter

April 25th, 2020

“Genius is 1 Percent Inspiration and 99 Percent Perspiration.”
– Thomas Edison

 Good morning from an overcast New York. It has been a gloomy week in the Hudson Valley, one filled with rain and wind and social distancing. While spring flowers are blooming, it doesn’t feel much like spring.

I have been busy talking up my new novel The Ancestor, and while it is important to let people know that it is out in the world, it isn’t my favorite thing to do.

I would rather be writing than talking about my writing, but that is just the nature of the beast I suppose. The good news is that all my efforts are paying off: I’m getting a lot of wonderful feedback from readers, and the reviews keep pouring in! If you’ve read my book and want to review it, I would be so grateful.

Here are links to Goodreads and Amazon, if you feel the urge to let the world know your thoughts: 


I was so happy to get photos from some of you last week. I promised to mail signed bookplates to everyone who sent a selfie with my book (including digital or audio copies). That still stands. If you’d like a signed bookplate, just send me a photo and I will put it in the mail!

Here is a picture of Mark reading The Ancestor:

Like everyone, I am at home and not able to do events. But tonight I’m going to be part of The Social Distancing Book Festival, which you should join if you are in the mood to interact with authors. I am on a panel at 8PM EST.

Exciting things are happening in the horror genre! From experimental formats to centering the voices of women and people of color, there is much more to horror than Stephen King. Hear from a panel of fresh voices on what they are bringing to the genre and where they see it going in the coming years.

Time: 8:00pm EST
Host: Kami from Kami’s Corner
 Grady Hendrix (The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires)
 Molly Pohlig (The Unsuitable)
 Stephen Graham Jones (The Only Good Indians)
 Danielle Trussoni (The Ancestors)

You can watch it on Youtube after it is posted here.

The name of this newsletter is Inspiration and Perspiration, and while it has felt like I’ve been talking nonstop about the efforts of writing and work, I’m making room for happiness and pleasure, too. Baking, spending time with my family, reading and sleeping more are all part of the plan during this time. I’ve been baking again, and this time it isn’t canelé, but chocolate lava cakes.

I am sure that I will emerge from this pandemic at around 200lbs, laughing, chocolate on my chin and a new novel for you all to read.

Thank you for being part of my week! May you find inspiration and happiness in your work.

Danielle Trussoni

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