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One of the best things about being an author is being able to connect with other creative people, and discover new voices that you love to read.
I met Zoe Sharp at a crime festival early this year, and swiftly devoured a number of her kick-ass thrillers featuring heroine Charlie Fox, compared by many to Lee Child's Jack Reacher. Her latest book, The Blood Whisperer, features a new character, Kelly Jacks, who wakes up next to a body, holding a knife, with no memory of the crime. You can read my full 5 star review here on Goodreads.
In the video interview below, I ask Zoe about writing a series, finding your voice as an author and her experiences with publishing. You can also watch it here on YouTube.
Zoe Sharp is the author of the bestselling and award nominated thriller series featuring Charlie Fox, ex Special Forces turned bodyguard, and the new thriller, The Blood Whisperer. In the interview, we discuss:
- On finding the voice for the character of Charlie Fox. Read, read, read, write, write, write. Reading it aloud or getting someone else to read it aloud really helps. On writing first person vs third person and how Charlie’s character came clearly in 1st POV
- Writing a series and keeping a summary while writing, which helps to look back on at a later point in the series. Zoe does outline but ends up changing them as she writes, whereas the summary is what actually happens in the book. There are 10 books in the series right now and Zoe talks about how she started with a couple of ideas but how it has just continued to grow.
- Zoe’s research process and how talking to the right person can be critical in finding the most interesting information.
- Marketing decisions around the progression of the setting from the UK to US in order to appeal to different markets. How non-US authors can make an impact Stateside by attending conventions and developing relationships
- On being a hybrid author and the pros and cons of traditional and self-publishing. Using short stories and novellas to bring in new readers.
- Why writing is still hard for Zoe and that’s a good thing! On being a craftsman, not an artist.
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