Danielle Trussoni

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Danielle Trussoni
Danielle Trussoni (2016)
Danielle Trussoni (2016)
EducationMFA in Fiction, Iowa Writers' Workshop
Alma materUniversity of Iowa
Notable awardsNew York Times Best 10 Books of the Year, 2006

The Michener Copernicus Society of American Award

Dana Award in Novel category, 2011

Danielle Anne Trussoni is a New York Times,[1] USA Today, and Sunday Times Top 10 bestselling novelist. She has been a Pulitzer Prize in Fiction jurist,[2] and writes the Dark Matters column for the New York Times Book Review. She created the Writerly podcast, a weekly podcast about the art and business of writing. Her novels have been translated into 33 languages.

Her work includes five books: Falling Through the Earth (2006), Angelology (2010), Angelopolis (2012), The Fortress (2016), and The Ancestor (2020). She is the recipient of the Michener-Copernicus Society of America award, the Dana award in the novel, and the New York Times Top 10 Book of the Year[3] for her first book. In addition to being published in The New York Times Book Review, she has also been The Guardian, The New York Times Magazine and Tin House, her writings have been widely anthologized.


She is of Italian descent and grew up in La Crosse, Wisconsin.[4] Trussoni graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Madison summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in History and English in 1996 and from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she received an MFA in Fiction Writing in 2002. She has lived for extended periods in Japan, Bulgaria, England and France.

Trussoni currently lives in New York. She lived in France from 2009-2012 and her memoir, The Fortress, focuses on this period in her life. She married the French filmmaker Hadrien Royo in 2016 in Brittany. [1]


Angelology series[edit]

Trussoni’s first novel, Angelology (Viking Press, 2010) was a literary historical thriller described as a "tapestry of myth and biblical lore on our present-day world and plunged two star-crossed heroes into an ancient battle against mankind’s greatest enemy: the fatally attractive angel-human hybrids known as the Nephilim.”[citation needed]

Angelology received a great deal of attention prior to publication. Seven publishing houses vied for the publishing rights, resulting in a bidding war. Angelology went on to become a New York Times International Bestseller and has been translated into over thirty languages.

Angelopolis, the follow up to Angelology, was a New York Times bestseller and was described as "stunning" and "a must-read" by Booklist.[5] Part historical novel, fantasy, love story, thriller, and mystery, it is a continuation of Angelology from the perspective of Verlaine.

A third book in the series will be published in installments beginning in the fall.

The Ancestor[edit]

The Ancestor, a literary gothic novel that explores the darker realms of ancestry and inheritance, was published by William Morrow in April 2020.[6] The book has been widely praised, described by Kirkus Reviews as "an opulently romantic horror tale" and "gothic extravaganza." Publishers Weekly called it "an intense, darkly gothic narrative with elements of mystery, the paranormal, and legendary tales." The Ancestor is currently in development at Anonymous Content with Mark Romanek set to direct.


Trussoni is the co-creator with Hadrien Royo of the Crypto-Z audio drama podcast, a companion to The Ancestor. Crypto-Z is the story of agent Jane Silver and her partner Felix Bright as they hunt down cryptids. The Crypto-Z world originated when Trussoni was conducting research for her novel The Ancestor and evolved into a scripted audio series, produced in 2019 and early 2020 with voice actors and production team members located in New York City, London, and Los Angeles.

Upon release, the podcast was a cult hit, landing on Apple’s Top 10 list of fiction podcasts. The second and third seasons of the podcast are currently in production, and a game is also in development.


  • Falling Through The Earth, Henry Holt and Company, 2006, ISBN 0-8050-7732-4.
  • Angelology, Viking Press, 2010, ISBN 978-0-385-66861-3.
  • Angelopolis, Viking Press, 2013, ISBN 978-0-670-02554-1
  • The Fortress, Dey Street/Harper Collins, 2016, ISBN 978-0-062-45900-8
  • The Ancestor, William Morrow/Harper Colliins, 2020 ISBN 9780062912756



  1. ^ "BEST SELLERS: FICTION: Sunday, April 11th 2010". query.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2019-06-02.
  2. ^ "The Overstory, by Richard Powers (W.W. Norton)". www.pulitzer.org. Retrieved 2019-06-04.
  3. ^ "The 10 Best Books of 2006 - New York Times". archive.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2019-06-02.
  4. ^ "Danielle Trussoni". Macmillan Publishers (US). Retrieved May 19, 2021. Danielle Trussoni grew up in La Crosse, Wisconsin, and now lives in New York City.
  5. ^ Angelopolis Amazon Link. ISBN 0143124862.
  6. ^ "HarperCollins link".

External links[edit]

  1. ^ Trussoni, Danielle (2018-10-26). "A Dark Cavalcade of New Horror Fiction". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-06-02.
  2. ^ Times, The New York (2019-05-23). "A Gruesome Parade of New Horror Fiction". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-06-02.