When I logged in to Twitter recently, I was delighted to come across this re-Tweet from Ian Rankin, quite out of the blue, saying, “Highly recommend this series!” Well, as my grandmother might have said, I’ll go to the foot of our stairs. What a lovely surprise!

I was delighted to be notified that I’ve been included in the recently published video from Wiki.eVid.com entitled: ’10 Authors Who Write Captivating Thrillers’.

The site was founded in 2011 and was apparently the world’s first video wiki and now among the top 3,000 websites in the USA. Their YouTube channel has over 500,000 subscribers, with nearly 300 million views since it launched.

To watch the video and learn more about the ten authors featured, please click here.

 

Crime thriller author, Tori Eldridge wrote this thought-provoking piece for Crime Reads. I was delighed to be mentioned:

“Most action writers are men, but it doesn’t mean women can’t write high action or realistic combat. Taylor Stevens (LIAR’S LEGACY) and Zoë Sharp (BAD TURN) have proven themselves with every book with the Vanessa Michael Monroe and Jack and Jill series for Stevens and the long-running Charlie Fox series for Sharp.”

‘I’ve always enjoyed action-packed thrillers, intriguing crime fiction, and complex mysteries, but I also enjoy cultural nuance, immersive settings, and deep relationships, more frequently found in literary, historical, or women’s fiction. When I set out to write The Ninja Daughter, I decided to write the book I wanted to read.

‘I wasn’t thinking about fitting into or busting out of a genre: I wanted to write a story about a Chinese-Norwegian modern-day ninja with complex family issues and a mission to protect. I wanted to set my story in a city that could serve as a microcosm for national, social issues and a macrocosm for my character’s own cultural diversity. I wanted to tell a gritty, urban tale; and I wanted it to be action-packed and entertaining.

‘So how does a debut author tackle such a lofty goal? This one read the works of those who succeeded before her—not just with ninja, but with high-tech science, fringe medicine, professional sports, and serious social issues. Great writers tell stories that inform, entertain, and keep the pace. These were the stories I wanted to read.’

Read the rest of Tori’s great article over on Crime Reads.

Cumbrian newspaper The Westmorland Gazette have run a feature on the upcoming Furness LitFest, which is taking place in Dalton-on-Furness this coming weekend (November 1-3). I’m taking part on Saturday morning, on a panel with fellow crime and horror author Helen Phifer. I was very flattered to read the Gazette’s headline for the piece, by Adrian Mullen!

One of thriller writing’s elite is among the literary line up for Furness Litfest

ZOË Sharp is up there among the thriller writing elite and offers chapter and verse on her literary life in the opening event of November’s Furness Litfest

As a novelist, success first came in 2001 with KILLER INSTINCT, the first book to feature her ex-Special Forces heroine, Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Fox, a self-defence instructor with a slightly shady military background and a painful past. Zoë says that the character evolved after she received death threat letters in the course of her photo-journalism work.

BAD TURN is her 13th and latest sortie into the action-packed world of Charlie Fox often described as the female version of fellow thriller writer Lee Child‘s hard guy, Jack Reacher.

Click here to read the whole of this article.

On Thursday, October 17, I’ll be appearing at the Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival with fellow crime author Martin Edwards. We’re giving a talk entitled A Brief History of Crime, starting at 6pm.

Join Zoë Sharp and Martin Edwards on an historical tour of crime fiction, its rise to popularity and the enduring interest in all things murder, kidnap and conspiracy. Our event takes place in the perfect setting for a vintage crime novel: The Royal Toby Hotel.

Our event is followed by Sophie Hannah speaking about Agatha Christie, Poirot and Me. You can buy a double-bill ticket if you’d like to come to both events, which are being held at The Royal Toby Hotel on Manchester Road, Rochdale, OL11 3HF.

You can book tickets here.

I’m over the moon to have been one of the three female thriller authors interviewed for an article by Dr Andy Martin in The IndependentAndy Martin is the guy who shadowed Lee Child for his book REACHER SAID NOTHING, about the making of Lee’s Reacher thriller, MAKE ME. (Fascinating book, by the way. I have it on my shelf.) Andy has now done a second book about following Lee through the next book and movie, WITH CHILD. (I just ordered it!)

So, it was no surprise that Andy was going to get his teeth into the subject of female thriller protagonists and their authors in a thorough and thought-provoking way. He’s looked at the background and characters of myself, Steph Broadribb and Alex Callister.

Today’s female heroes are fighting back and sticking it to their male counterparts

Telling men to behave nicely hasn’t worked…so a trio of authors has created a new breed of literary hero: women who are prepared to hit back. Andy Martin talks to the writers

Photo: The Independent (Eve Watling)

Here is a brutal biological fact, the fruit of some evolutionary asymmetry: statistically speaking, men are bigger, heavier, and more muscular than women. They can run faster and they hit harder. So there is a crucial question in the post-#MeToo era that is yet to be properly answered: Can a woman fight back against a man and win? And the “fighting back” here is completely non-metaphorical. In a straight physical encounter between a man and a woman, can the woman ever hope to come out on top? The whole history of patriarchy is predicated on the assumption that the answer is no. There is a vast tradition of sexual violence that says, no way! But there are strong voices out there that say otherwise.

With the domestic abuse bill going through parliament, and “coercive control” now officially illegal, it feels like more than ever the right time for a new generation of hardcore female role models who aren’t just going to lie down or take it on the chin or turn the cheek any more. Think of Big Little Lies: wouldn’t it have been better for all concerned if Celeste had seriously kicked Perry’s arse for him? Broken his jaw or given him a black eye? And maybe Jane could have fought him off – or tasered him – instead of getting raped?

“You’re a woman,” snarls the serial murderer and rapist. “Women are weak, stupid, vain… I showed them who was in control… You think you’re equal to a man, but you never will be… You’ll scream and you’ll beg me to stop just like all the rest.”

“I wouldn’t bet on it,” retorts Charlie Fox.

Read the whole of this article at The Independent.

Today is the finale of the Blog Tour for BAD TURN. Day 10. Thank you for sticking with me this far. Today I’m honoured to have the book reviewed by the fabulous Noelle Holten of Crime Book Junkie. Noelle is a best-selling author in her own right, so it’s a little bit like asking a professional builder to give their opinion on the work you’ve carried out on your own house…

Set mainly in New Jersey in the US, Charlie Fox is back and takes the reader on an adventure filled with fear, control, protection, anger, payback, manipulation, power, corruption and a search for the truth…but there is so much more!

Hells BLOODY Bells! With an explosive opening that instantly grabs the reader, Bad Turn will have you racing through the pages! The premise of this novel was intriguing and I loved how the reader learns a little bit more about Charlie Fox’s backstory which is then sprinkled throughout the novel—teasing you to carry on if you want to know more. Full of suspense and tension, the author once again has nailed it—a brilliant narrative and action packed read—it was like watching a movie in my mind! Superb!

I absolutely ADORE Charlie Fox—and you see a little bit more of a vulnerable side to her in this novel which makes you like her even more! Charlie is doing what she does best and accidentally uncovers a sinister ploy to kidnap a wealthy woman—the wife of an arms dealer. If she was hoping for the quiet life while house-sitting, she should have known better…after all, she IS Charlie Fox!  Determined as ever to see the job to the end, she comes up against some of the toughest characters, but they are no match for Ms Fox!

Read the whole of this review on Crime Book Junkie.

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For the past ten days since the new Charlie Fox novel, BAD TURN, came out, I’ve been on the road—virtually speaking. I’ve travelled halfway around the world without ever leaving my desk. I’ve been Blog Touring—or perhaps that should be Tour Blogging?—rather than the physical kind of touring. And it’s been fun.

Of course, in the past I’ve travelled all over the place to libraries and bookstores for the publication of various books in the series, quite often using a trip to the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention to kick things off. As Bouchercon is held in a different city/state every year (even making it over to the UK several times) it means that the starting point has also always been different.

But, this time around I knew I wasn’t going over to Bouchercon and work-in-progress projects are beginning to pile up. So, doing another blog tour, ably organised by the fearsomely efficient Ayo Onatade, seemed like a good choice.

I’m told that sometimes authors rely on their blogger hosts doing a series of reviews but I hesitate over this way of doing things. What happens if one of the reviewers involved really doesn’t like the book? After all, I would have thought they have far too many books on their teetering TBR piles to read it first, just to make sure.

So, I prefer to do guest posts and articles on topics related to the book, mixed in with a few reviews where blogger/reviewers are happy to do them.

Read the whole of this blog over on Murder Is Everywhere.

For Day 9 of the Blog Tour for the launch of BAD TURN, I’m with the superb Sharon Bairden of Chapter In My Life. For this, I wrote a guest post on HEroes vs SHEroes, particularly in those old thrillers where the women were more decorative, shall we say, than useful.

I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for Bad Turn, the latest in the Charlie Fox series from the brilliant Zoë Sharp. And I think we need to give praise to that cover! Isn’t it stunning!

Thanks to Ayo Onatade for inviting me to take part. I’ve got a cracking guest post lined up for you all.

Guest Post

HEroes vs SHEroes

BAD TURN: Charlie Fox #13

Zoë Sharp

I’ve always loved to read thrillers, starting back with Alistair MacLean, Ian Fleming, and Arthur Hailey and reading just everyone in the genre from there onward.

The only problem I found was with the women portrayed in those old books. They tended to be a bit on the passive side. And even today, if you read action/adventure novels, you still come across female characters who seem to have no role other than to be rescued by the hero, scream in a firefight and tend to the wounded.

I wanted to read about women who would do their ownrescuing. If they screamed in a firefight it would be more by way of a war cry, and they would be more likely to deal outwounds than have to deal with them, thank you very much.

That was when the character of Charlie Fox really started to come to life in my head. I wasn’t sure, when I first began to write about her, that other people would have the same desire to read about such a strong, no-nonsense heroine. Fortunately, they did and still do—BAD TURN: Charlie Fox #13 is just out. So far, the series has seen Charlie go from teaching people to defend themselves in a northern English city to working for a top New York close-protection agency. Although, this time out her employer—as well as her motivations—are a little harder to fathom.

It bugs me a little that I have to use the word ‘strong’ to describe Charlie. To me, she’s a capable woman who happens to work in a very male-dominated field. To succeed, she’s got to be not simply as good as the men, but demonstrably better. There’s no reason why she can’t be as skilled with weapons or why she can’t have the same mind-set as the guys she works alongside. No reason why she can’t fight on equal terms, either.

Read the whole post over on Chapter In My Life.