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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

One Gun Events

The books have arrived! I apologize to anyone who went to buy a copy at Bookshop Santa Cruz or Kelly's Books in Watsonville early in June. Now that the books are on the shelves, it's time for me to spring into action. You can read about how One Gun came to be now at...

My Problem with Gratitude

It’s probably not what you think.  My parents came of age on South Dakota homesteads during The Great Depression. Rounding up cattle to be shot and buried before they starved. Picking up bones of dead animals to be sold by the ton. They were steel-forged in the...

One Gun ARC & Indelible Publication

A few years ago, my husband and I interrupted a burglar in our home. Screaming for help, my husband chased the young man down the street while I frantically dialed 9-1-1. The thief stopped, pulled a gun, and aimed it at my husband’s head . . . . This real life event...

Temporal Artery Biopsy

If you ever need an artery nipped out of your temple, have a plastic surgeon do it. My doctor was so deft, his sutures so neat, I’m not quite sure where to slather the antibiotic ointment. Look carefully. What’s going on? That’s the million-dollar question. ...

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...