Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Works in Progress!

Now that my Grace Simms trilogy is published, it's time to get cracking on another series! I am currently working on a paranormal suspense story titled "Borrowed Time". This series is based on an award winning short film script I wrote in 2011, for the "A Place Called Sacramento" film festival. My protagonist, Suzanne Cash, survives a near death experience only to become plagued by visions of young girls being murdered. Detective Sam Metzger is not only on the hunt for the man who left Suzanne for dead, he's determined to catch a serial killer.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Author Signing at Cafilfornia State Fair!

Dänna Wilberg will be appearing in the AUTHORS BOOTH at the CALIFORNIA STATE FAIR on July 12 - 2pm-10pm, July 14 - 11am-7pm and July 24 - 2pm -10pm. Come on out and join Dänna and several local authors during the fair! 

Book I in the Grace Simms trilogy, "The Red Chair" and book II, "The Grey Door" will be available for purchase. Dänna Wilberg would love to meet you and personalize your copy!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

It's official! "The Grey Door" is now on Amazon!

It's official! Book II in the Grace Simms trilogy, "The Grey Door" is now on Amazon!

When Grace Simms is rendered helpless by a lunatic, Police Sergeant Garret Weston intervenes, and Grace begins to love. But a cruel twist of fate takes her down the rabbit hole, and destiny prevails. The young psychotherapist’s life in shambles, Grace seeks the help of her psychiatrist and mentor, Dr. Meltz. A killer is on the loose, and she trusts no one. Her heart shattered, she bids love farewell. In session, Grace digs deep only to be haunted by disturbing dreams and childhood memories. It seems everyone has a secret. Whom can she trust? And then there’s Jess Bartell, the college crush Grace thought she loved and thought she knew. He’s keeping the biggest secret of all, until a new guy moves in on his territory and rallies for Grace’s heart. Then suddenly the competition becomes stiffer than Jess ever imagined.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

"The Grey Door" and "Intuition"!

Okay, we all have it. That little niggling voice that infiltrates our conscious mind whether we like it or not. "It's" called intuition. Internal knowing. But do we listen? Heed the warnings, the good advice? Do we pay attention to our dreams? The images that coax us into re-evaluating our circumstances, our position, relationships with those nearest and dearest to our hearts?

In "The Grey Door", psychotherapist Grace Simms realizes she is out of sorts...out of her mind so to speak. Her situation demands she pay close attention. She has survived a horrendous ordeal, but her gut tells her she is not in the clear. Wanting to put ugliness to rest, she tunes out the warnings and redirects the signals to another part of her brain, the part that rewrites the message into a something more manageable.  Denial. However intuition reacts at the cellular level, and soon it manifests itself into physical anomalies. Headaches, tension, indigestion, poor sleep.  Intuition will not be ignored.

Stories are written for entertainment. Characters manifest in the subconscious. And sometimes the story that needs to be told teaches us something about ourselves. 

"The Grey Door" by Dänna Wilberg - available on June 16, 2015

Friday, April 3, 2015

Okay, ladies and gentlemen, too! As an author, I write about sociopaths, but truth be told, most of us have run into a sociopath or two during our dating experience, right? We may be related to one of these characters, or the sociopath in our life could be our boss! How many of us are aware this flaw is oh-so common? One in twenty-five people are born sociopaths, and many of these people are in our lives as we speak.

What is a sociopath? A person with no conscience. Zip, not-ta! These are people who can lie, cheat, steal, destroy the people around them and sleep like a baby at night. They do, say, and think without consideration for others. Their main purpose in life is to get what they want, when and however they please, and poor you if you get in their way. A sociopath is someone who doesn't cringe when a dog gets hit by a car, and doesn't 'get' why you do. They cover up their incapacity to care by focusing on your discomfort. Sound familiar?

Not every sociopath displays signs of this anomaly outwardly. Some prefer to be sneaky, calculating, throw people around them off guard.  They pull you in, gain your confidence, then whittle away at your self esteem. Life is one big game, with only one winner, and it isn't you! Sure, there are notorious sociopaths--turn on American Greed! Prime examples of conscious-free specimens destroying lives around them , but what about your neighbor? Your girl/boyfriend? How do you recognize sociopath characteristics in those closest to you? Dr. Martha Stout, author of "The Sociopath Next Door", refers to conscience as a "seventh" sense, that has developed over time. Those who lack this seventh sense feel they are better off in many ways. Sociopaths don't struggle with 'right' or 'wrong', they know the difference, but they only do what serves them.

Sociopaths do not feel guilty. Ever. They don't know how, although they may "display" emotion to hide their lack, or up their game. They watch how others respond, and imitate what they see to fit in. Fitting in is part of the game. They will manipulate, tell the 'down and out' story to draw you in, all the while, deviously collecting data to use as a weapon when the time is right. Sociopaths come off as charismatic, dynamic, your best friend, the one guy/girl on the planet who is a perfect match, one who understands you completely, loves you unconditionally. Truth? Beneath this veneer of 'too good to be true' lies a twisted mind that feeds on your soul and won't stop until your consumed. The only way to save yourself is to walk away, and don't look back.

This blog post is for discussion purposes only. Always seek professional help for a diagnoses.
For More Information on Sociopaths Check out the following websites:

Monday, March 23, 2015

What I Learned About Murder in Portland!

At  "Left Coast Crime", everyone talks about murder. Murder is our forté-- as authors, that is! Experts converse about the best weapons to use, how to get away with a crime, how blood spatters speak for the dead, or how to spot a psychopath, much like one would discuss what to feed your baby or the best way to shampoo a dog.

The topic of murder is not for the squeamish, nor is the conversation reserved for sinners and evil doers! It seems everyone from Aunt Louise, to Uncle Charlie, (and his mother) love a good murder mystery! And what does a good story entail? A dead body on the first page? A villain who thinks he can outsmart the protagonist? And what do we love about our hero/heroine? He/she must be one heck of a detective, with flaws of course, the more the better.

I was privileged to moderate a paranormal panel, hosting authors who incur a problem or two with characters who are immortal-- or ghosts!  How do you kill someone who is a mere three-hundred years old? Or already dead? What about the hedge witch who must come up with one heck of a spell to solve a murder? Challenging to say the least.

And why are we so enamored by death? Perhaps reading murder mysteries allow us to imagine both sides of the coin-- victim, and perpetrator. Could it be we "work-out" our own mortality through fiction? Or does immersing ourselves in murderous prose neutralize lurking thoughts we have about our boss, or the nasty neighbor next door? One can only guess.

I met talented authors, dedicated to their craft, and learned new tricks for my arsenal, but the most memorable thing I learned in Portland about murder is-- too many "Voo-doo" doughnuts will kill you! But what a way to die!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Left Coast Crime - Crimelandia in Portland Oregan

Drinks with Dänna Wilberg

Meet Author Dänna Wilberg

 Left Coast Crime - Crimelandia

Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 8:00 PM (PDT)

 Double Tree by Hilton Portland, Gather Bar

1000 NE Multnomah St
Portland, OR 97232

Mystery Authors from all over the world will be gathering at this event! Have a drink with Author Dänna Wilberg , discuss her Romantic Suspense series featuring psychotherapist, Grace Simms!

(4 invites available 1 FREE drink)

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"The Red Chair" is available on Amazon, 

 "The Grey Door" is available for PRE-ORDER February 14-March 20, 2015!