About Me

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Welcome to my site! My name is Alyssa Palombo, and I am a writer living and working in Buffalo, NY. I attended Canisius College in Buffalo, where I majored in English and creative writing with a minor in music. I’m a classically trained mezzo-soprano who also dabbles in playing piano. When not writing, I can usually be found reading, hanging out and laughing way too hard at nonsensical inside jokes with friends, traveling (or dreaming of my next travel destination), or at a concert. I’m a metalhead and a self-proclaimed French fry connoisseur.

I am the author of two historical novels, The Violinist of Venice and The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence, both out now from St. Martin’s Griffin. I am represented by Brianne Johnson of Writer’s House.

You can find me on Twitter and Instagram at @AlyssInWnderlnd.

Contact: alyssa@alyssapalombo.com

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38 responses to “About Me

  • Silver's Reviews

    I just finished your book, Ms. Palombo.

    Absolutely beautiful read…I completely enjoyed it.

    THANK YOU.

    I will have a review on my blog on December 17.

    Elizabeth
    Silver’s Reviews
    My Blog

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    • Jill Pottenger-Moe

      Hi Alyssa – I selected your book for my Book Club this month. I was struggling to find just the right book for this group of intellectual and worldly ladies and then I came upon “The Violinist of Venice” – what a delight. Dark secrets, intrigue, love, passion, human error, and beautiful music swirl around Venice in this amazing book. Thank you for providing us with such a classic book about Vivaldi, his love and his music. You have a wonderful gift as a writer. I would love to hear you sing.

      P.S. Your website is wonderful. I enjoyed reading about “The Most Beautiful Woman of Florence” and listening to all of the music and viewing the artwork.

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      • Alyssa Palombo

        Thanks so much, Jill! So happy to hear that VIOLINIST is a great fit for your book club. Wishing you my best!

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  • Suzanne

    Hi Alyssa I just finished your book the Violinist of Venice this afternoon after being captivated by it for the last couple of days and being torn away from it for commitments. Thoroughly enjoyed reading your novel, it was very well written from the very beginning. Thank you Suzanne

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  • Carol Dutton

    Hello Alyssa
    I just want to thank you for writing such an exquisite and beautiful book “The Violinist of Venice”. I was completely captivated and transformed and just could not put it down. I have been a full-time carer for my mum for over ten years until she passed away. Prior to that I had been an avid, three books on the go at any one time, reader but due to the stress and exhaustion of being a carer for my beautiful mum, I no longer had been able to read – nothing interested me, especially following her passing. Your book has changed that for me in ways I just cannot begin to explain. So apart from writing such a truly wonderful, original and rich story, I want to thank you for giving back to me my first true love. I cannot believe that you are a first time author. In all that will come to you following the publication (and hopefully made into a film) of your novel, never lose sight of your great gift. You are your own Vivaldi. I look forward to your next book and thank you so much for writing the “Violinist of Venice” it is a masterpiece.

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    • Alyssa Palombo

      Thank you so much for your kind words! It really means a lot to me that my book affected you so. Thank you for reaching out, and best wishes to you!

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  • Jennifer Wilkinson

    Congratulations Alyssa on your debut novel, a beautiful story, beautifully told. Thank you for transporting me to Vivaldi’s Venice, a it was sumptuous, totally engaging read brimming with true love. I look forward to your next title. Jennifer (Australia)

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  • jwilliamscc

    Alyssa – Please tell me you have another book coming out soon? I am savoring the last chapters of the The Violinist of Venice in hopes I can jump right into another one of your masterpieces…

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    • Alyssa Palombo

      You’re too kind! So happy that you’re enjoying the book! 🙂 I will have a second historical novel out from St. Martin’s called “The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence: A Story of Botticelli”. I don’t have an official release date for that novel yet, though. Keep an eye on my site, as I’ll be posting any updates as soon as I can!

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  • monicosSimone

    A beautifully crafted story that made my heart sing and cry in equal measures. I look happily forward to your next book.

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  • Silver's Reviews

    I loved THE VIOLINIST OF VENICE too. My review is in the link below.

    http://silversolara.blogspot.com/2015/12/review-and-giveaway-of-violonist-of.html

    So exciting to hear you have another book coming out.

    Thanks, Alyssa.

    Elizabeth

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  • Katharine Milloy

    Hello, and Blessings of the Day! Thank you for THE VIOLINIST OF VENICE! It was thoroughly enjoyed. I was a part of their families, vacationing for the few days in Venice. And it was wonderful! To read of Vivaldi, of his beloved Venice, to learn more about his incredible music. And, then, to read of the plausible story of his daughter.
    And, then, to find you’ve another book to look forward to! Fab/fan/fun! What a terrif bonus! I am thrilled! Your writing skills are indeed superlative.
    Thank you again!
    Kitty Milloy, San Diego, California

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  • Sherry Esposito

    I just finished reading your beautiful book. I am an English teacher and a lover of historical fiction. I savored each page and really admired your knowledge of music. I loved the characters and how they evolved through the story.. Having it be in the first person was fantastic and I want more. who is your favorite writer of historical fiction. Loved it!! Sherry

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    • Alyssa Palombo

      Thank you so much for your kind words! I’m so happy you enjoyed the book. There are LOTS of historical fiction authors I love, but some favorites are Philippa Gregory, Sarah Dunant, CW Gortner, Kate Quinn, and Jennifer Laam.

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  • Ivana

    I usualy love happy ending romance history novels and was suprised with the story i got in my hands. Didnt like it at first couple of pages but i got hooked on the storyline. I was mad at you because the story didnt go the way i wanted to. Then i realised, i loveeee it. No clichés even tho its a fatasy and i love the fantasy you got from a real life person (which i didnt like at first as well). It forced me to google Antonio and Anna and it all makes sense with real history and book storyline. Every single page of the Violinist is a gold and the way you transfered music on a paper gave me a goosebumps. That is the first time.i actualy heard the music.
    Cant wait for your next book and sorry for my bad english. Greetings from Croatia

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  • Patricia Miller

    Ciao cara Alyssa, Brava,Brava, Brava for The Violinist of Venice! It is one of the best books I have ever read!! Actually I read it in Italy last year! Wow! Fantastico!!! I adore Vivaldi and Venice. I have stayed there many times and will be there again this July, 2017. I will for sure go to a Vivaldi concert in the Santa Maria Pieta and visit Chiesa San Giovani! I can’t wait! Now anxiously awaiting your new The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence! It will travel with me to Italy this summer!! Grazie mille! Keep writing! Dio Benedica!

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    • Alyssa Palombo

      Grazie mille, Patricia! So happy to hear that VIOLINIST traveled to Italy with you and that you enjoyed reading it! 🙂 Happy travels this summer, and I hope you like THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMAN IN FLORENCE!

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  • onlinebookwormblog

    Dear Alyssa, I am amazed. The book became part of my life. I really enjoyed it. My professor of Literature gave us a coursework with this topic: “My novel”. We have to write which is the novel which has an influence on us. I didn’t know which one to choose and then I found The Violinist of Venice. I started reading it and after a while I realized that my coursework was done. Thank you! Thank you for the amazing book and for the inspiration!

    Kind Regards,
    Mirela

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  • Cindy S.

    I look forward to the release of The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence. I see it is coming out in paperback. Will there be a hard cover copy as well.
    Thanks,
    Cindy

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    • Alyssa Palombo

      Hi Cindy, so glad to hear you’re excited for THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMAN IN FLORENCE! It will be released in paperback and ebook formats, no hardcover.

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  • Monica Bhojwani

    Just finished The most beautiful woman. I enjoyed it very much. Like your style of writing, the ease with which it reads. Kept me interested all the way through. I read in the early morning so it was an insensitive to get up and read like something that was calling me.
    Going to read your other book The violinist in Venice.
    Five stars from me.

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    • Alyssa Palombo

      Thanks so much, Monica! So happy you enjoyed THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMAN IN FLORENCE, and I hope you like THE VIOLINIST OF VENICE as well!

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  • Madi Vick

    I just finished reading The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence and absolutely loved it!! I took a class that involved authenticating historical fiction (for my teacher certification), so I really loved that you included the author’s note explaining which liberties you took as an author and which details were fact. This book makes historical figures seem relatable, which I think is fascinating and so important!!

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    • Alyssa Palombo

      Hi Madi! Thanks so much for your comment, and for reading. I’m very happy to hear that you enjoyed the book and found it interesting and relatable! Best wishes to you!

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  • Nadia

    Hi Alyssa,
    Just grabbed your book from lib & absolutely loved it!! Made me imagine Venice & Vivaldi more! As I myself love music/instrumentals & ofcourse Itlay!
    Although I understand Adriana is a fictional character, I still think her abandoning Anna at Vivaldi’s death was cruel & insensitive also contradicting her passion for her own step brother whom she was so devoted to! She should’ve revealed to Anna after she wanted to know who her mother was! Leaving her in the lurch just showed that her love died with Vivaldi & all associated to him!
    These are just my thoughts! All in all your book is amazing read!! Just what I needed while off from work!! Looking fwd to your other book now!!

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    • Alyssa Palombo

      Hi Nadia! Happy to hear that you enjoyed the book. As I’ve heard from readers it seems that everyone feels differently about the ending, which is interesting for me to hear. Hope you enjoy THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMAN IN FLORENCE should you read it!

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