Dannye Williamsen – Author and Great Supporter of Indie Authors

11 Dec

Dannye Williamsen

This morning I was talking with a woman, Terry, who expressed that familiar adage that everyone has a book in them. It made me wonder what that really means. Some writers, I think, are driven because they have a mythical tale to unfold while others have an account from their lives to share. Still others are driven more by the message conveyed within their story. So I asked myself: what kind of book did I have in me?

The answer was that I am not driven by the creation of imaginary worlds or sharing my life experiences in fiction or nonfiction formats. I am driven by two things: 1) creating a story that allows me to share a message that is important to me; and 2) being able to step into the magical world of putting words together in just the right way to create a desired effect.

Using words to accomplish a goal has always been a part of my life, whether verbally as a manager, a technical analyst, or a coach or in written form as a nonfiction and fiction writer or as an editor. Dealing with facts and helping people increase their knowledge base has always been rewarding. I do have to admit, however, that the more sober venues do not compare to the wild abandon that you can experience when letting your imagination loose when you write fiction!

Writing my novels was akin to a mystical experience for me. I became so enveloped by each character’s life that I cried, laughed, and suffered along with them to the point that I often had to walk away from the writing for short periods because my emotional state felt under siege by what was happening to my character!

Second Chances is my debut novel, and it is followed by the sequel The Threads That Bind. Because of my strong belief in our potential as humans to reach a level of expression that goes way beyond the physical, it was not surprising to me that my novels would delve into the metaphysical to weave a story of suspense. Nor was it a surprise that my protagonist in Second Chances would reach deep within herself to find a solution that was responsive to the circumstances and not arising out of fear or conditioning. It was gratifying to read Sylvia Massara’s remark in her review of Second Chances:  “—in the end I came away feeling inspired and opening my heart to the fact that love truly does conquer all.”

My nonfiction works are about the process each of us has to experience as we seek to reach that potential I mentioned. Internal change leads to external change. In one of my books, I say this: “Your life is always under construction. It is your job to learn how to untangle the threads and weave a tapestry that matches your desires.” Learning to do this is what all my nonfiction writing is about, whether it focuses on one’s business or personal life.

As I became involved with the self-publishing industry through Facebook, I saw a need to have a place where readers could look at only self-published works, and so I established an online bookstore early in 2011: The bookstore is not a statement about traditionally-published books. It is simply meant to provide a venue where the works of self-published authors can be more easily located by readers who are hungry to discover new writers. I provide reviews at my discretion and feature books that are brought to my attention in the marketplace. I also choose an Editor’s Choice book, which represents the best of the best that I have read among self-published books.

My novels, and most of my nonfiction works are available on Breakthrough Bookstore, of course  J, but they can also be found on In addition, you can go to to view and purchase all my books.


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13 responses to “Dannye Williamsen – Author and Great Supporter of Indie Authors

  1. terrycsimpson

    December 11, 2011 at 4:23 am

    I had the privilege of meeting Dannye through the Indie Author Group and Book Junkies on facebook. She was one of the first to commend me on my own writing and to always be encouraging when she speaks of my first book. I’m glad to know Dannye and many more like her.

  2. Sandy Wolters

    December 11, 2011 at 10:08 am


    I absolutely loved your statement, “I became so enveloped by each character’s life that I cried, laughed, and suffered along with them to the point that I often had to walk away from the writing for short periods because my emotional state felt under siege by what was happening to my character!”

    I know exactly what you mean by this. I can’t wait to read Second Chances. The cover is truly amazing.

    On behalf of myself and my indie author friends, I just want to take a moment to thank you for all that you do for us. I love your Breakthrough Bookstore and visit it often.

    This is a wonderful interview!

    I hope you have a wonderful holiday!


  3. Stacey Joy Netzel

    December 11, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Nice to ‘meet’ you Dannye, and great interview. This is the first I’ve hear of the bookstore, but I’ve liked on FB and also submitted a couple of my books to be listed. Updated the buy links on my blog, too. Thanks and Merry Christmas. 🙂

  4. Dannye Williamsen

    December 11, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    I enjoyed writing this post, and I am especially touched by your comments. Sandy and Terry I’ve known for a while, and I’m always impressed by their willingness to ring the bell and draw attention to the work of others. Stacey, I just received your submissions a little while ago and will be uploading them shortly. Thanks for adding us to your buy links, and I hope we get to know each other better.

    Sandy, the cover of Second Chances is so perfect for the Darian character in my novel that I couldn’t believe it when I “stumbled across” the image for sale! Synchronicity!

  5. Sandy Wolters

    December 11, 2011 at 1:52 pm


    Okay. After finding out that the really creepy cover actually represents one of the characters, I can’t wait to meet Darian! I bet he was really fun to write about.

  6. Dannye Williamsen

    December 11, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Actually, Sandy, I don’t know if “fun” describes it. I found myself getting nauseous at times trying to put myself in his skin and experience his life, but it was worth it in the end.

  7. Greta Burroughs

    December 11, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    You are an inspiration! A few months ago when I was down, you sent me a message encouraging me to stick with it. I did and now have my third book published. Thank you.
    I just finished Second Chances and will begin Threads that Bind soon. Great books with a deep meaning.

    • Dannye Williamsen

      December 12, 2011 at 8:45 am

      Thanks so much, Greta! I think you’ll find that The Threads That Bind has a fesity character closer to our ages – Mandy. Although I love all my characters for different reasons, I have to admit that she is my favorite!

      • Greta Burroughs

        December 12, 2011 at 10:09 am

        Dannye, Looking forward to meeting Mandy….

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  9. Mary Ann Peden-Coviello

    December 11, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    What a great post! I know very well indeed what it’s like to be so involved with your characters that they become as real as the actual people in your life. Their struggles become part of you — well, they *are* part of you!

    • Dannye Williamsen

      December 12, 2011 at 8:51 am

      Mary Ann, they really are part of you in some way. However, one of my relatives was trying to delve into my psyche to see if the antagonist in Second Chances was who I secretly am. I told her that just because I could external consider or put myself in the character’s shoes did not mean that I had a secret desire to do the things the character did. 🙂 Of course, like Darian, the antagonist, we would all tend to experience rage after what he went through.

  10. terrycsimpson

    December 11, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    Thank you all for the responses. It’s a pleasure knowing Dannye.


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