Vinnie Hansen

Award-winning author Vinnie Hansen lives in Santa Cruz, California, the iconic seaside town serving as the backdrop for most of her Carol Sabala mystery series. Now published by misterio press, you can follow Carol’s latest adventure in book seven, Black Beans & Venom.

 

“Hansen presents her readers with a tight, fast-paced mystery…. In Sabala, Hansen has created a likable sleuth whose many problems readers may readily identify with….”
The Bloomsbury Review

10 Tips for Author Readings

After a NorCal Sisters in Crime Showcase, an audience member came up to me and asked, “Why are authors such bad readers of their works?” Since I’d been one of the readers, I was mightily offended. The man, however, seemed genuinely curious, and with a little...

SANTA CRUZ WEIRD and more!

SANTA CRUZ WEIRD is coming! This new anthology brings you 18 short stories set against the weird and wondrous backdrop of Santa Cruz, California. The big launch will be at the Santa Cruz Art Center, on Sunday, September 16th at 6:30 p.m. Many of the authors, including...

5 Take-Away Tips from Jane Friedman

Why do some authors (whose books may not be any better than our own) end up on bestseller lists, while our books languish on the shelf? On August 12th, the NorCal Chapter of Mystery Writers of America invited guru Jane Friedman to unravel a bit of this mystery....

Upcoming Events!

My writing life is busy, busy, busy. Here's something new, original, and fun--a playlist to accompany Santa Cruz Noir. Want to see/hear what song I selected to accompany "Miscalculation"? Here's the link. Some of my upcoming events include: July 27th, my blog Black,...

The Big Launch!

The Big Day, the launch of SANTA CRUZ NOIR, was a resounding success! Santa Cruz showed up in force for a SRO audience at Bookshop Santa Cruz.   Editor Susie Bright kept the evening whirling along with her wit. Check out her marvelous gloves. You can win these black...

Exciting News

After months of anticipation, SANTA CRUZ NOIR will finally launch at Bookshop Santa Cruz, Tuesday, June 19th, at 7pm. Or, buy it now. Kirkus Review gave this nice shout out to my story in SANTA CRUZ NOIR: "Though many of these stories are more interested in evoking a...

Crime on the Comstock (Left Coast Crime 2018)

I'm still coming down from the sleepless nights and smoky miasma of Left Coast Crime in Reno. A conference attendee would be hard-pressed to find cheaper hotel rates, and I did win $82 playing black jack, but five days at the Nugget murdered my sinuses! I flew into...

Santa Cruz Women of Mystery

One of the latest developments in my writerly life is the formation of Santa Cruz Women of Mystery. We are a group of nine mystery writers from Santa Cruz County:  Jenny Carless, Mary Feliz, Mary Flodin, Vinnie Hansen, Katherine Bolger Hyde, Nancy Lynn Jarvis, Leslie...

SANTA CRUZ NOIR is here!

Here it is, folks! Ready for pre-order. I'm so excited to have my story, MISCALCULATION, in one of Akashic Books' famous noir series anthologies. The book launch will be JUNE 10th at Skylight Books in Los Angeles. I may or may not be at that event, but I will...

A Sad December: Tribute to Two Giants

I don't know that I've ever seen further than others, but with my writing, I've certainly stood on the shoulders of giants. Unfortunately, two of them slipped away in December. The first was the world famous mystery writer Sue Grafton! I discovered Grafton early in...