Who is Trista Daniell?

“Of all the writing I enjoy, writing about myself is the least favorite…unless I’m writing myself into a character, that’s always fun.” – Trista Daniell

Trista Daniell was born April Fool’s Day of 1983 in the small town of Oakdale, Louisiana. Adopted at an early age, she grew up in Houston, TX where she spent most of her time immersed in books. She discovered her gift with words when she won a poetry competition in the fourth grade and was subsequently published in a community newspaper.

In her teens, Trista wrote a number of skits for her church’s youth theater team that were performed around the city. In the eleventh grade, she completed her first stage play which was also performed at her theater teacher’s home church in Tennessee.

Feeling restricted by religion, Trista used writing as an escape and began writing lesbian erotica under the alias, Pen Name Aries. While semi-popular, she felt this was a waste of her talent and took a hiatus from writing to focus on a “real job”.

Trista Robinson-Ashley, pen name - Trista Daniell.
Trista Daniell, The Writer

In 2014, Trista began work as a copywriter with a Washington, D.C. advertising firm where she worked on the 2014 mid-term elections and social media campaigns for national non-profits. This experience reignited her passion for the art and led to the development of TristaDaniell.com where she showcases her creative writing skills for her growing base of loyal readers.

In 2019 Trista released her debut book of poetry, Therapy… an introduction, which was listed as a #1 New Release in African American poetry on Amazon.com for several days the week of its release. She also began development on two podcasts which are due for release mid-to-late 2019. An avid writer, Trista’s portfolio primarily focuses on the following topics: religion & spirituality, empowering women (particularly those from marginalized communities), mental health & wellness, LGBT issues, and social commentary as related to life as a Black Woman in America. Still, her primary passion lies in creating fictional stories that move, shock, and inspire readers and [coming soon] viewers.

Trista currently resides in Texas with her spouse [Shayna] and son [Zyan] where she is eagerly working to become an accomplished screenwriter, novelist, columnist, and pod-caster. When she’s not writing or working remotely as a Production Assistant, you can find her lost in an adventure game on XBox or PS4, living vicariously via The Sims 4 on PC, reading (and re-reading) her favorite books, or binge watching documentaries, scripted series, and reality TV drama – for homework, of course.