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

Holiday Shopping?

Producing a book can be roughly divided into three parts. Writing the story is only the first third. Then there's editing, revising and proofreading--sometimes over and over. My current work-in-progress is on draft 11B. As John Irving said, "Half my life is an act of...

Private First Class

In honor of Veteran's Day, I offer you the free story below titled "Private First Class." Long ago when I took "Private First Class" to my critique group, one member said it was "inane" while another proclaimed it the best thing I'd written. I'm sure this thinly...

Fall Showcase

One of my favorite events is coming right up. On November 6, from 1-3 p.m. (Pacific Time) the NorCal Sisters in Crime chapter will be presenting its Fall Showcase. This is a great opportunity to hear a variety of crime writers talk about and read from their new works,...

Try Again

My latest publication, a short story titled "Try Again," is an illustration of the aphorism. The story was written to submit to the Bouchercon 2021 anthology, This Time For Sure, which had second chances as a theme. There were...

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...