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Seattle, Sushi and Falling Through the Earth

What a busy day I had today! I woke up and was rushed off to KMPS-FM where I spoke with Don Riggs of "Introspect Northwest" about my book, Falling Through the Earth. Then, later in the day, I was on my first talk show at KOMO-TV (ABC), "Northwest Afternoon" with Kent Phillips and Elisa Jaffe.

Then, it was back to my hotel (The Alexis, on First Avenue), where me and my partner in crime hung out for an hour or two on some comfy chairs.

Later, my guide Diane took me to Elliot Bay, where I met a very nice bookseller and signed a big stack of books.

Then, I met fellow memoirist Maria Dahvana Headley (authoress of The Year of Yes) for a glass of wine in the lobby of and then dinner at a sushi place around the corner from my hotel. Maria was wearing the nicest white suede boots and (of course) looked stunning. She drove me to the reading, where I grabbed some coffee and read chapter ten of Falling Through the Earth, the girlfriends chapter. It was the strangest thing: a man who went to high school with my father was in the audience. We talked quite a bit about my dad after the reading.

Then, after a quick gin gimlet, back to my hotel room to write a blog for Powell's. The gin gimlet must have affected my abilities, because I found myself looking out the window of my hotel room at the antique store across the street.

So I decided to ask my husband, Nikolai Grozni, to step in as my interviewer. When I met Nikolai, he'd recently come back from India, where he had been a monk in the Dalai Lama's compound in Dharmsala, India. Here are his questions:

What do you wear when you write?
Pajamas and whatever jewelry I can find. And my big fuzzy slippers.

Who are your literary heroes?
Politicians. I think they are the best fiction writers we've got right now.

What do you hope to achieve in your book, Falling Through the Earth?
Communication, empathy, humor, and understanding.

Why did you marry me?
Is there one answer?

Okay, what is one reason you had for marrying me?
I liked your stories from India. I believed that, because you had been a Buddhist monk, you might have some insight as to how I might come back in my next life as something other than an insect. How wrong I was!

Here's Nikolai when he was a monk:

Oh, and because your writing is amazing. Nikolai is working on a book called Turtle Feet, about the years he lived in India as a monk. It is (in my opinion) his best book yet. And because you make great espresso. I guess there were lots of reasons!

Have you been drinking?
A little...

What did you drink?
A glass of white wine and a gin gimlet.

What were you doing before I started this interview?
I was working! My life is all work and no play. Toil! Toil! Toil!

Goodbye Seattle! Tomorrow I'm off to San Francisco to read at the Capitola Book Café (1475 41st Avenue, Capitola, CA). Please stop by and say hello!

Until tomorrow,
xo Danielle

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Danielle Trussoni's first book, the memoir Falling through the Earth, was selected as one of the Ten Best Books of 2006 by The New York Times Book Review. Her first novel Angelology is a New York Times bestseller.

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Danielle Trussoni is the author of Angelology

6 Responses to "Seattle, Sushi and Falling Through the Earth"

    Maria Dahvana Headley March 21st, 2006 at 4:03 pm

    Thanks for a fabulous evening, Danielle! Excellent reading, excellent conversation, and excellent shiso mojito. You're a strong woman to turn in your blog on time. I went home and fell into bed...but I am fairly certain that hanging out with you yesterday provided the necessary universal whammy to make the MacDowell Colony accept me - I got the yes-email last night! Yeehaw! I attribute it to our gin-fueled conversation.

    Dave (Post Author) March 21st, 2006 at 10:17 pm

    Pajamas, slippers...and jewelry?

    And while I'm asking questions, Why no picture of Maria's white suede boots?

    Maria -- congratulations! Kind of funny, the image "yes-email" evokes. Almost made me long for the day (400 years ago, was it?) when each morning you'd go to the mailbox and check for an envelope adorned with some official seal; inside, on letterhead, a few paragraphs of 12-pt Courier (not that I could have identified the font) and a signature you'd wind up inspecting to see if it was just a stamp.

    Danielle Trussoni March 22nd, 2006 at 8:04 am

    Congrats Maria!!! It was the magical Shiso Mojito!
    I love 'yes' letters. I still go to my mailbox every day and look for one...

    Maria Dahvana Headley March 22nd, 2006 at 9:43 pm

    Oooh, I want that envelope with the seal.
    Betcha you'll be getting one with the seal of a certain prestigious writers conference soon...
    After all, you too drank the shiso mojito, and I think it should bring you even more than a review on Fresh Air - though that too is excellent.

    As for my white suede boots...Dave, I'll bring 'em to Portland next month.

    Danielle Trussoni March 23rd, 2006 at 10:55 am

    I'm having White Suede Boots Envy!!!

    Danielle Trussoni March 23rd, 2006 at 11:02 am

    Yes, I am going to keep commenting on my own blog until Dave blocks me out of the Powell's system completely! I just read Carole Radziwell's blog about truth in journalism and literature and saw the quotation she clipped from Harold Pinter. I had to copy it and put it here, as an ammendment to my statement above about fiction writing and politicians. Here it is:

    A writer's life is a highly vulnerable, almost naked activity. We don't have to weep about that. The writer makes his choice and is stuck with it.... You are out on your own, out on a limb. You find no shelter, no protection ??? unless you lie ??? in which case of course you have constructed your own protection and, it could be argued, become a politician.

    ??? Harold Pintor, Nobel Prize for Literature 2005

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