2019 Batavia Public Library of Illinois: We congratulate author and Batavia resident, Annie Hansen, for being named as a semi-finalist in the Soon to be Famous Illinois Author Project(STBF). Annie was named to the top 25 for her book “Give Me Chocolate,” the first in her Kelly Clark series set in nearby Geneva. Check it out-it sounds like a fun read!

Annie Hansen named finalist in the 2017 Soon to be Famous Illinois Author Project

Annie Hansen is featured in the January issue of West Suburban Living.
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Annie Hansen is featured in the FOX VALLEY SHOPPER 11/30/16



Annie Hansen is the featured author for Sleuth Cafe-a digital magazine for cozy mystery lovers- for the month of November. Check out GIVE ME CHOCOLATE on the cover!

Cozy mystery writer interview has a surprise – but sweet – ending

June 5, 2015
9:30AM-Annie Hansen visits Mackay In The Morning Radio Show
WERV-FM – Mackay In The Morning

The River 95.9 fm – Anne Hansen Interview

Chicago Tribune/Beacon News 2015 article about Annie Hansen:

Batavia women to discuss building a business

Review from Readers’ Favorite:

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5 stars!
Reviewed By Paul Johnson for Readers’ Favorite

In Give Me Chocolate by Annie Hansen, author Kelly Clark’s life is in pieces. She leaves California and returns to her hometown of Geneva, Illinois. Here she hopes to rebuild her life after a bad divorce from an abusive, homicidal husband. With limited income, she accepts her sister’s generous offer to live in the apartment above Chocolate Love, her sister’s specialty dessert shop located in the Historic District of Geneva. At first she has a hard time adjusting, but her daily runs and writing keep her going even on her worst days. Things slowly start to get better when she reconnects with an old high school sweetheart who has also recently returned to Geneva. Then things take a turn for the worse when she literally stumbles over a dead body. The death is ruled from natural causes, but to Kelly something just doesn’t seem right. A former friend from her past life in California suddenly arrives in town with a dire warning. Has Kelly’s violent past and the danger she faced in California followed her back to her old hometown?

This is a fast read and captures the reader’s attention from the very first chapter. The author did an excellent job of creating characters that are intriguing but real. The dialogue is realistic, particularly between siblings, and the descriptions were dramatic. The content of the story was concise and coherent. The organization of the story is well developed. The plot is well constructed and moves along at a good pace. I would classify this as a drama with some mystery thrown in. A nice enjoyable read.
West Suburban Living recognizes Annie Hansen’s BEAN IN LOVE:

January Local Authors – West Suburban Living – January 2015 – Elmhurst, IL

Kane County Chronicle interviews Annie Hansen:

Mystery novelist Annie Hansen sets the scene in Geneva | Planit Kane

Chicago Tribune recognizes Annie Hansen’s GIVE ME CHOCOLATE:

May 2011 Weaving Dreams Publishing
Weaving Dreams Publishing partners with Annie to publish Give Me Chocolate, the first novel in the Kelly Clark Mystery Series.

May 17th, 2011 Winner of the Mystery Writer’s of America Helen McCloy Scholarship!

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New Mystery Writers Receive the 2011 Helen McCloy/MWA Scholarship

New York,NY- Mystery Writers of America is pleased to announce the two recipients of the 2011 Helen McCloy/MWA Scholarship for Mystery Writing: Christa Selnick of Arlington, VA, and Annie M. Hansen of Batavia, IL. Recipients will use their $500 scholarship awards to offset their tuition for classes and courses held in the United States to further develop their writing skills. The purpose of this annual scholarship program is to nurture talent in mystery writing, whether in novel, short story, nonfiction, playwriting, or screenwriting.

The first three chapters of Christa Selnick’s novel What Happened When He Came Home and Annie M. Hansen’s novel Give Me Chocolate received the highest scores from this year’s panel of judges because of the promising writing ability these candidates demonstrated. Each novel-in-progress introduces a compelling situation and an interesting protagonist. Ms. Hansen’s Kelly Clark discovers that her husband has impregnated another woman, but when she learns his solution is murder, Kelly reports him and he’s tried and incarcerated. Three years later, Kelly is living in another state above a family-owned shop “Chocolate Love.” When a former acquaintance drowns under suspicious circumstances, Kelly fears a repeat of her turbulent past. She knows she must unravel this mystery or she could be next.

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