Danielle Trussoni is the author of the fantasy Angelology, and the sequel, Angelopolis, just came out! Danielle was kind enough to answer a few questions, so please welcome to the blog.
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Danielle, will you tell us a bit about yourself and your background?
I was born in La Crosse Wisconsin, but have had a travel bug since the age of 16, when I first visited Paris. I love to experience new places and have lived in England, Japan, Bulgaria and France. I’ve been writing since I was a teenager and have always thought of myself as a writer. My first book was a memoir about my relationship with my father called Falling Through the Earth.
Angelopolis, the follow up to Angelology, just came out this week! When you started writing Angelology, did you already have plans for the sequel?
No, I didn’t. Actually, at first I thought that Angelology would be a stand-alone novel. But when I came to the end, I realized that there was so much more to explore about the characters and the world I’d created that I wanted to write more.
Will you tell us a bit about Angelopolis?
Angelopolis opens in Paris ten years after we last saw Evangeline and Verlaine. Both Evangeline and Verlaine have transformed—each in a very different way!—and this is the point where their stories come back together. Angelopolis is set in Paris and in Russia and Bulgaria, and has many of the same historical and supernatural elements that Angelology had, but it is also a love story between Evangeline and Verlaine, more so than the first book.
What inspired you to begin writing the Angelology series?
That is a complicated question, because in some ways I didn’t come to the series consciously. I began Angelology as a book primarily about Evangeline, and in the course of writing about her character, I came upon the idea of using angels. I feel that, in a strange way, the series found me, and that I have merely been open to the ideas.
Your website has extensive information on the angel mythology that you’ve built the books around. What kind of research did you do for the novels?
I spent years reading about angels, and I found while I was doing this reading, that the more obscure religious and academic texts were the most fascinating for me. While I was writing Angelology, I would fall asleep every night with a book about the history of angelic creatures, their mythology and how they have appeared in different cultures. The research was as fun as writing the book itself.
What would you like to see readers take away from Angelopolis?
I’d love for readers to fall completely into the world I’ve created. I am happiest when a reader says “I didn’t know what part of your book was real and what part was fantasy.”
Who, or what, has influenced your writing the most?
I love writers who are open to moving in different directions creatively. For example, my first book was a memoir and my second and third books were novels. I love when a writer follows her imagination and her artistic interests wherever they will take her. You have to be fearless to do that, and I hope that I can maintain that kind of artistic fearlessness.
If you could experience one book again for the very first time, which one would it be?
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
What book (s) are you reading now?
I’m reading 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami, who is one of my new favorite writers.
I read in your bio that you love to cook. What’s one of your favorite dishes?
I like a classic sauces Bolognese, especially one that I’ve left bubbling on the stove all afternoon.
What’s next for you this year and beyond?
There is one more book in The Angelology Trilogy, and I’m really excited to write it, but I’m also thinking of other projects.
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