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.

One of her current publications is a creative non-fiction piece in the Winter 2021 Catamaran Literary Reader, a gorgeous quarterly journal. Support your local independent bookstores! Catamaran can be purchased at Bookshop Santa Cruz.

All of Vinnie’s books can be purchased locally at Bookshop or Kelly’s Books.

“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

Gabba Gabba Hey

I feel totally hip and cool to be in Gabba Gabba Hey: An Anthology of Fiction Inspired by the Music of the Ramones. The cover is original art from the editor! My story, "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend," was one of 24 chosen from hundreds of submissions! Congratulations to...

When Read

I previously wrote a blog about how where we read a book impacts our perception of it. For example, reading Cara Black’s Murder on the Left Bank while staying on the Left Bank definitely heightened my pleasure. While the book remains the same, our surroundings can...

Not a Bad Two Weeks

On March 28th my second Covid shot finished marinating. To top off the day, I signed a contract with Mystery Weekly Magazine to publish my story "Try Again."  What a great experience. I submitted. A few weeks later, they accepted and that same day sent me the contract...

Perfectly Modern Ways to Die

Motives for murder have not changed over the millennium, the three common ones being the pursuit of money, sex or power. Methods, however, are a different matter. The modern crime writer has at his/her disposal a trove of new ways to kill off characters. The first...

5 More Silver Linings

Back in April, I posted 10 Silver Linings to sheltering in place during the pandemic. As we drag toward the ninth month of not even leaving the county, it's definitely more difficult to find blessings. Yet, the original list holds up. I've included it below. Here are...

The News Continues!

With the pandemic and now our fires, I did not expect to have so much wonderful news to report. On Saturday, September 12 at noon PT, I'll be on a Zoom short story panel sponsored by NorCal Sisters in Crime. I am swooning to be on "stage" with Art Taylor, my absolute...

Big Zoom Event & a New Misterio Author

With writers conferences, bookshop appearances, and the publishing industry grinding to a standstill the last few months, I feel very fortunate to have any events to announce. On July 3, at 5 p.m. (Pacific Time), I will be reading with other Santa Cruz Women of...

10 Silver Linings to Sheltering in Place

I can’t say that there is a single positive to COVID-19, especially when I know people who have been quarantined and have lost loved ones. But the forced changes to our lives have not been all bad—at least not for me. These are some of the silver linings, listed in no...

Five Ways to Coax Me to Your Cozy

On my last post, I pointed out that my books are not cozies, and that I’m not particularly fond of cozies. Yet, I read a lot of them. My own series starts with a murder in the kitchen of a restaurant, so one might think I’d be drawn to culinary cozies. Nope. I created...

My Books Are Not Cozies

I’m not a fan of cozy mysteries. For those unfamiliar with the term, a cozy is a mystery with an amateur sleuth, no foul language, the sex and violence off the page. As my friend and cozy-mystery writer Mary Feliz puts it, “There’s a murder, but no one gets hurt.” In...