The Career Achievement Award nominee, Vicki Hinze, has sold fourteen novels, one nonfiction book, and two anthologies, writing for Bantam Dell Publishing Group, Spilled Candy Books, St. Martin’s Press, Pinnacle, and Silhouette.
She is a featured author in Jeff Herman’s best-selling You Can Make It Big Writing Books. Her first published novel was a bestseller that sold in nearly a dozen foreign countries. Prior to its debut, her first political suspense novel, LADY LIBERTY, won a five-star review, a "Gold Medal Award," and was named a "Top Pick" mainstream release.
In 1997, Vicki focused on writing military-themed romantic suspense novels. Her first, Shades of Gray (7/98) was on the Ingram’s Thriller list for nine weeks, remains an Amazon.com all-time romantic suspense bestseller, was a Romantic Times Top Pick, a nominee for the Reviewer’s Choice Award for the Best Mainstream Contemporary Suspense Novel of the Year, and remains on the Amazon Romantic Suspense Bestseller list.
The second, Duplicity, was on the Ingram’s Psychological Suspense list for six weeks, was an RT/ Barnes & Noble Top Pick, received the Golden Quill Award for the Best Mainstream/Single Title Contemporary Novel of the Year, a Finalist for the Daphne de Maurier Award for Best Contemporary Novel of the Year, and a nominee for the Reviewer’s Choice Award for the Best Suspense Novel of the Year.
The third and fourth military-themed romantic suspense/thrillers, Acts of Honor and All Due Respect, were also named RT Top Picks. Acts also received a Gold Medal Award, a Silver Award, was a Finalist for the Daphne de Maurier Award for Best Suspense Novel of the Year, and winner of the coveted Maggie Award of Excellence. Respect was a nominee for Best Suspense Novel of the Year.
Vicki broke new ground by Co-Creating the Seascape series--an open-ended continuity series of single title romance novels. Her titles include: Beyond the Misty Shore, the launch title for the series, Upon A Mystic Tide, and Beside A Dreamswept Sea. Affaire de Coeur’s 1996 Readers’ Poll placed Upon A Mystic Tide in the top Science Fiction Romance Novels of 1996, and Vicki in its listing of Outstanding Achievers. Her Festival was a finalist for the 1997 Best Time-Travel of the Year and, in 2001, she was nominated for RT's Career Achievement Award.
Winner and nominee of many other writing awards for her novels and poetry, including the Laurel Leaf Award for Maybe This Time, Vicki holds a Master of Arts in Creative Writing and a Doctorate in Philosophy, Theocentric Business & Ethics. She actively lectures on writing craft and technique, leadership, and philosophy.
Her articles have appeared in Affaire de Coeur, Romantic Times, Romance Writers’ Report, The Outreacher, The Rock, and many other respected publications and ezines, and have been extensively reprinted in over twenty-two foreign markets. She has coordinated and/or judged national and international writing competitions, served on various writers' association committees, and has been honored by Romance Writers of America with their National Service Award.
Committed to assisting other writers for many years, Hinze sponsors several awards, programs, and funds, as well as a free subscriber’s mentoring list, Aids4Writers. She is a member of The Writers Guild, Novelists, Inc., Sisters-In-Crime, Romance Writers of America (and various chapters), Mystery Writers of America, Published Authors Network, The Emerald Coast Writers Guild, First Coast RWA, and other writing organizations.