Now Available:

Bookshop Santa Cruz, Kelly’s Books in Watsonville, Two Birds in Capitola, and everywhere fine books are sold. If you missed the big launch, watch it HERE.

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.

In addition to the publication of her novel, One Gun, Vinnie’s 2022 work includes, “World Civilization,” a short story in Indelible Literary and Arts Journal; “Power Down,” a flash-fiction piece in the summer issue of Mysterical-E; an acceptance of “Criminal Little Secrets” for a future issue of Mystery Magazine; and a reprint of “Room and Board” in Kelp Journal’s upcoming anthology, The Dark Waves of Winter.

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

More One Gun Events

EventsSeptember 10, 4:15 pm - 5 pm Bouchercon, MinneapolisThe Modern Gumshoe Panel Moderator Ted Hertel will lead authors Stephen Lawrence Brayton, Jack Fredrickson, Vinnie Hansen, David Housewright, and Brad Parks in a rousing discussion of the P.I. genre. In...

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...