V. S. Kemanis


"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 an exciting and varied career in the law and the arts. As an attorney, she has been a criminal prosecutor for county and state agencies, argued criminal appeals for the prosecution and defense, conducted complex civil litigation, and worked for appellate judges and courts, most recently as a supervising editor of appellate decisions. Ms. Kemanis is also an accomplished dancer and has performed, taught, and choreographed in California, Colorado, and New York.

Short fiction by Ms. Kemanis has been widely published in literary journals, anthologies, and magazines such as Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, The Crooked Road Volume 3, The Best Laid Plans, and Me Too Short Stories, among others. Her award-winning stories are collected in five volumes, including Your Pick: Selected Stories, winner of the 2019 Eric Hoffer Award for best story collection. Her novels of legal suspense feature prosecutor Dana Hargrove who, like the author, juggles family life with a high-powered professional career in criminal justice. Ms. Kemanis is a member of the Mystery Writers of America.

Where to find V. S. Kemanis online


Gen LD3, a short story
Price: Free! Words: 2,510. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2021 . Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Members of a future society, living in the dark, oppressors unseen, dare to walk into the light.
Simple Case
Price: Free! Words: 4,580. Language: English. Published: July 4, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
Plunge into a day in the life of rookie prosecutor Dana Hargrove. Simple Case is the story that introduced her to the world! Follow Dana's life from 1988 through 2022 in the novels Thursday's List, Homicide Chart, Forsaken Oath, Deep Zero, Seven Shadows, and Power Blind. Each novel is a standalone, finding Dana at a distinct stage of her life and career.