Inspiration & Perspiration:
Danielle Trussoni’s Newsletter

June 6th, 2020

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

 Good afternoon from the writing cave!

I’m getting a late start today for a number of reasons, but mostly because there is a lot going on around here. To begin with, my David Austin roses are blooming! I couldn’t tear myself away from them today. When I sit on the front porch, the air is filled with the smell of roses.

I have cut a few and put them on my desk while I’m working.

My mother-in-law Yveline gave me and Hadrien these roses bushes as a gift, and this year they are exploding.

The weather has been beautiful in the Hudson Valley, and so I have been taking the opportunity to walk near the water. I try to go a couple of times a week. Walking helps clear my mind and focus on the novel I’m writing, which is proving to be (as all of my novels are) a challenge.

Sometimes I walk by the river before I do an event. This week I have quite a few, and I will put the links below so that you can learn more about them. One that I’m looking forward to in particular, is my talk with Carol Goodman hosted by Oblong Books. Carol Goodman reviewed my novel The Ancestor for the New York Times Book Review, and I have recently binge-read some of her novels (she has written over 20, so I haven’t even put a dent in them). I highly recommend her Mary Higgins Clark Award winning The Night Visitors.

The event is Thursday and you can register here.

I’m also speaking with the author Tim Weed at the (virtual) Brattleboro Literary Festival Friday Night at 7PM. Here is more information about that event:

If you are part of a book club, you might be interested in joining me for Bookmovement.com’s launch party for The Ancestor! The Ancestor would be perfect for your book club. If you want to see why, here’s the link to RSVP.

You will receive an invitation in a separate message on Monday as well.

This week I’ve been watching as the protests over police brutality overtake cities. I’m proud to say that I stand with those who are protesting, and that I have (and will continue) to contribute money to organizations that fight for social justice. I (very earnestly) believe in the freedoms that make our country great: the right to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness (and to express unhappiness). I hope that this moment brings real reform and change.

I hope you are all staying healthy and keeping your spirits up. It has been a challenging moment and I am grateful to have you to share it with.