Craig Hansen wrote stories from an early age, but when his SF short story, "The S.S. Nova," was published in the Minnesota Writers In the School COMPAS program's 1981 anthology of student writing, When It Grows Up, You Say Goodbye To It, he decided to dedicate himself to writing. Several unpublished novels and short stories followed.
Hansen earned two degrees at Minnesota State University at Mankato under the mentorship of young adult novelist Terry Davis, who oversaw and approved an earlier version of Most Likely as his master's degree creative thesis. In the years that followed, Hansen worked a variety of jobs related to writing, including editorial work at a small publishing house, holding a position as a Web site editor, and five years in journalism in northwestern Wisconsin, where he earned several state awards for his writing and editing.
His work has appeared in the Meadowbrook Press anthology, Girls to the Rescue, Book 1, as well as the true crime journal, Ripper Notes, in volume 28. Most Likely is his first novel.
Hansen currently lives in Minnesota with his wife, a dog, a cat, and his 88-year-old father, a World War II veteran. He remains hard at work on his next novel, Ember, a paranormal suspense novel expected later this year that marks the beginning of a series aimed at young adults, as well as several short novels and other projects, including some nonfiction theological books.
His interests include the music of Johnny Cash, reading the novels of other independent authors, blogging, and the study of Messianic theology.
Where to find Craig Hansen online
Nice Girl Like You
Single and alone in a small Oregon town, Jim takes special notice when an attractive woman close to his own age moves in next door. At first distant and aloof, Rose starts to rely on him to feel safe when her ex begins stalking her. As events grow creepier and harder to explain, Jim begins to wonder if there's more to his neighbor than just another Nice Girl Like You.
The Devohrah Initiative
As a man used to combat, Palestinian solider Salman isn't used to guarding a beach. He feels his assignment is beneath him. In fact, it's really beginning to bug him.
"Traditional publishing ruined my life!"
Many writers tell tales of the horrors of writing for a traditional book publisher. None are quite like Under Contract.
It’s a tale that never needed to be told, probably shouldn’t have been told, yet against all legal advice, common sense, and wisdom, has now been told.
So, did Craig Hansen survive a secret past as a contract writer? You decide.
If you could speak to the dead, anyone at all, who would it be?
When Jeni asked this question, Shada Emery figured it was a joke. So both she and Willow named dead celebrities.
And then there was Ember Cole.
Ember wants one more talk with her Grandpa Normie. Ember hopes to find the answers she seeks among the dead. But sometimes the dead have their own agenda.
Becky Howard is a teen under pressure. From her best friend not to speak about the abuse she's suffering, from her boyfriend to get more physical than she's ready for, and more. Sometimes growing up is about more than having sex, and that clinging to ideals might not be as helpful as learning to expect whatever is Most Likely. Most Likely is 63,000 words long and contains light Christian themes.
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