About

Over a Million Books in Print

USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR

VICKI HINZE

About Vicki

A USA Today best selling and award-winning author, Vicki Hinze, has written over thirty-five books (fiction and nonfiction) and hundreds of articles that have been published in as many as 63 countries. She is also a columnist for the global Social-In Network.

Vicki writes most often in Romantic Suspense, Thrillers with a romantic element, and Military Romance or Military Thrillers for the general market or for the Christian market. She has written series, political thrillers, suspense, paranormal romantic suspense, time-travel suspense, women’s action adventure, thrillers, psycho-thrillers and contemporary romance with a strong mystery element. All of her books contain elements of suspense, mystery and romance. She enjoys genre-blending and is known as a trailblazer for doing so.

After her fourth published novel, she returned to college and earned an MA in creative writing then a Ph.D. in Philosophy (Theocentric Business and Ethics). She founded Writers’ Aids to mentor other authors, which evolved into Writers’ Zone, where she answers questions on craft, the business of writing and the writing life and maintains a free online writers’ library, ON WRITING, on her website, www.vickihinze.com. By request, some of those articles are on Kindle. Additional podcasts, workshops, lectures and feature articles are also in the writing library.

Between family and writing commitments, she has little time for hobbies and her other interests. Her favorite non-writing activity is home-improvement projects. Knocking down walls appeals to her. For fun, she designs book covers.

Hinze’s blog (vickihinze.com/blog) is divided into five categories: My Kitchen Table (chat), On Writing (Craft, business, life of writing), My Faith Zone (spiritual journey), Thinking Aloud (a thought to ponder for busy days), and Vicki Hinze Today, which contains all kinds of articles from multiple sources on things of interest relating to books and the publishing industry.

Raised in New Orleans, Hinze then married a career Hurricane Hunter/Special Ops officer. They and their children moved every few years. Mississippi, California, Illinois, Florida and Texas. They settled in Northwest Florida, where Vicki has adopted a pet turtle named Phred.

Organizational Affiliations

International Thriller Writers Sponsor, former VP Board of Directors. Authors Guild. Mystery Writers of America. Novelists, Inc. Sisters-in-Crime. American Christian Fiction Writers. Romance Writers of America, National Service Award, Consultant to Board of Directors, PRO Mentor Award, Multiple RITA Award nominee. Founding Member of RWA Chapters: ACRA, First Coast RWA, PASIC and Maine RWA. Florida Mystery Writers. Southeast ACFW. Florida ACFW. Emerald Coast Writers Guild. Sandhandle Workshops C.H.O.I.C.E., ALLi, IWS.

Publishers

Bantam Dell Publishing Group (Random House), Belle Bridge Books, Harlequin, Medallion Press, Pinnacle (Kensington), Silhouette, St. Martin’s Press, Waterbrook-Multnomah (Random House), Harlequin.

Vicki Sponsors and Supports

International Thriller Writers. The Book Club Network. Southeast Writers Assn. New Writers’ Edna Sampson Award. Edna Sampson Benevolence Award, Bridge-Walkers, Clean Read Books, Christians Read. Library Thing, Lifetime Member. Goodreads. Shelfari. Charity of Choice: Tunnels to Towers. Wounded Warrior Project, The Salvation Army.  Donor Choice: Public Libraries.


We all have challenges that we doubt we can make it through; where we can’t see light at the end of the tunnel, we’re stuck in the darkness groping for a door out.  At times, we feel broken by the battles we face and, we ask ourselves, Is healing even possible? 

Our vision gets clouded by doubt, and what we often do not see is that if we hold on, we will get through our troubles. And what we rarely see (until we experience it) is that our battles leave scars that change us.  We’re no longer the person we were. We’re the person we’ve become. Wiser. Stronger. More confident and sure of ourselves because we endured and survived.

These are the stories I most love to write. Stories about the real us, without the veneer and party faces. Stories in which we recognize ourselves and bits of our lives. Stories that are destined to thrill, fated to heal.

Awards

  • National Service Award, Romance Writers of America
  • First PRO Mentor of the Year, RWA PRO
  • Reviewer’s Choice, Best Faith-Affirming Thriller of the Year, Forget Me Not •Best Romantic Suspense Novel of the Year, Lady Justice, Shades of Gray, Duplicity
  • Reviewer’s Choice, Best Romantic Intrigue Novel of the Year, Lady Liberty
  • Reviewer’s Choice, Best Romantic Adventure Novel of the Year, Her Perfect Life
  • RT Reviewer’s Choice, Best Mainstream Suspense Novel of the Year, All Due Respect
  • RT Reviewer’s Choice, Best Time-Travel Novel of the Year, Festival (aka Legend of the Mist)
  • Career Achievement Award for Best Series Storyteller of the Year, Lady Liberty
  • Career Achievement Award for Best Romantic Adventure of the Year, Her Perfect Life
  • RT Gold Medal Awards, Lady Liberty, Acts of Honor, All Due •Respect, Shades of Gray
  • RT Top Pick Awards, Shades of Gray, Duplicity, Acts of Honor, All Due Respect, Lady Liberty, Lady Justice, Her Perfect Life
  • RITA™ Award Finalist–Best Mainstream, Her Perfect Life
  • RITA™ Award Finalist–Best Romantic Suspense, Body Double
  • Blether Gold Awards, Lady Justice
  • Blether Silver Awards, Acts of Honor
  • The Beacon Award, Lady Liberty, Body Double
  • The Golden Quill Award, Best Mainstream/Single Title Contemporary Novel of the Year, Duplicity
  • The Maggie Award of Excellence, Mind Reader, Acts of Honor, Beyond the Misty Shore
  • Holt Medallion Award, Body Double, Her Perfect Life •Daphne du Maurier Best Contemporary Novel of the Year, Duplicity, Acts of Honor, All Due Respect •Daphne du Maurier Best Suspense/Mystery Novel of the Year, Acts of Honor, Lady Liberty, All Due Respect, Duplicity
  • Outstanding Achievement Award, Affaire de Coeur
  • Best Science Fiction Novel of the Year, Affaire de Coeur, Upon a Mystic Tide
  • Laurel Leaf Award, Maybe This Tim

    Selectee for Achievements in Writing and as an Educator

    WhosWho-filteredWho’s Who in the World Who’s Who in America Who’s Who Among Women

 

Some of My Favorite Quotes:

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” -Hebrews 11:1, KJV

“If we will not be governed by God, then we will be ruled by tyrants.”  -William Penn

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” -Charles William Elliot

And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain.” ~Habakkuk 2:2

In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps. ~ Proverbs 16:

Little Known Vicki FAQs

Fact 1 She began reading at three and as a child wrote political essays on current issues as a game with her father.  She then wrote poetry, and moved into short stories before writing her first nonfiction book, and then finally tackled a novel.  She’s been hooked on books her whole life.

Fact 2 She wears a Mickey Mouse watch given to her by her daughter with the advice to “Not take life so seriously all the time.”

Fact 3  Because she can’t yell, when irked, she dyes her hair red.  The redder it is, the more trouble somebody is in.

Vicki Sponsors and Supports

Sponsor International Thriller Writers. The Book Club Network. Southeast Writers Assn. New Writers’ Edna Sampson Award. Edna Sampson Benevolence Award, Bridge-Walkers, Clean Read Books, Christians Read. Library Thing, Lifetime Member. Goodreads. Shelfari. Charity of Choice: Wounded Warrior Project, The Salvation Army Donor Choice: Public Libraries.

 

 

Susan Wiggs

“If you’re not already hooked on Vicki Hinze’s Crossroads Series, you will be this time. NOT THIS TIME is a tense and involving tale of crime and violence that takes the reader from the deepest darkness of the human heart to the light of redemption.”

Heather Graham

“Vicki Hinze has created a “Keeper!  Not This Time is engrossing, entertaining; the pages are filled with excellently drawn and very real people, and a story that keeps you turning the pages!”

Jon Land

“Books by Vicki Hinze never fail to entertain and enthrall. Her work is not to be missed.”

Publishers Weekly

“Hinze has written a masterful, complicated tale of suspense that gains momentum with each turn of a page. Her writing flows surely, moving from one character to the next, one setting to another, with readers keeping the swift pace. . . . Hinze’s plot may have readers puzzling over how this tangled tale will ever resolve itself, but that underestimates the author’s talent for transforming the unlikely into something beautiful.”

Providence Journal

“Forget Me Not is a thriller you won’t soon forget, especially if you’re a fan of the romantic obsession mastered by Alfred Hitchcock in Vertigo or Otto Preminger’s Laura. Vicki Hinze’s latest blends disparate elements together with surprising ease, and the result is a darkly original tale where hope and faith provide the light. The story, though, isn’t so much about faith conquering all so much as coming to the realization of its limitations and learning to overcome them, which defines Brandt’s very heroism. Such spiritual elements would’ve overburdened the tale in lesser hands. Good thing Hinze’s are as sure and steady as they come, making Forget Me Not not to be missed.”

Lee Child

“Tense, breathless, multi-layered —and highly recommended.”

Kay Hooper

“In NOT THIS TIME, Vicki Hinze has created a tense, suspenseful story, peopled with vivid characters and set against a backdrop of deadly danger. I know I can always count on Vicki for an absorbing story I’ll remember long after I’ve closed the book, and NOT THIS TIME was no exception. Do yourself a favor and pick this book as your next read.”

Steve Berry

“Hinze paints her tale on a broad canvas, her writing expertly controlled, rich in imagination, deep in characterization. It’s a race against time and shadowy instincts, the narrative loud with surprises, the premise all-too-believable.”

James Rollins

“Vicki Hinze’s new thriller, NOT THIS TIME, hones suspense to a razored edge. Riveting, relentless, and fraught with betrayals, here is a novel that cuts both to the bone and to the heart. Not This Time should be retitled Not to be Missed.”

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