"Kemanis is a writer of substance" (The U.S. Review of Books); "unarguably gifted…a great talent" (SP Reviews); "an excellent writer" (Mystery Scene Magazine).
V.S. Kemanis has enjoyed a varied career in the law and the arts. As an attorney, she has been a criminal prosecutor of street crime and organized crime, has argued criminal appeals for the prosecution and defense, conducted complex civil litigation, and worked for state appellate courts. Ms. Kemanis is also an accomplished dancer of classical and contemporary styles and has performed, taught, and choreographed in California, Colorado, and New York. Ms. Kemanis has published five collections of short fiction on wide-ranging themes, and her stories have appeared in literary journals and magazines including Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, and The Crooked Road, Vol. 3. Novels in the Dana Hargrove legal mystery series draw on her personal experience in criminal law. Ms. Kemanis is a member of the Mystery Writers of America.