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Meet Zoë Sharp

"If I were a woman, I'd be Zoë Sharp. If Jack Reacher were a woman, he'd be Zoë Sharp's main character, Charlie Fox."
Lee Child, creator of the immortal Jack Reacher

Derbyshire author, Dawn Brookes, says it was the above recommendation from Lee Child that prompted her to do this enjoyable video interview for her YouTube show,
High Octane Thrillers & Female Leads.

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Unraveling Intrigue: A Crime Writer’s Quest for Unconventional Inspiration
Zoë is interviewed by Peter Billingham and Laura Stroud on Begin – Derbyshire Writing School Podcast.

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Zoë Sharp drives the Millau Bridge

I’m driving across the mile-high ‘Bridge in the Clouds’ at Millau in Southern France. My task to research the route which sinister bodyguard Hermann Schade and Mafia boss Darius Orosco will eventually drive in BAD TURN to a clandestine night-time rendezvous.

Blake & Byron Series
He’s a career copper at a personal and professional crossroads. She’s a con artist who came up from the streets and has survived by her wits. What happens when their lives collide? Mind-blowing suspense thriller, The Last Time She Died, is the first in this brand-new Blake & Byron Thrillers Series.

The eagerly awaited second book in the series The Girl in the Dark launched in March 2024 to rave reviews – “This is so much more than just a conventional mystery, it’s a fast-moving, character-driven and flawless thriller.”–Chris Scotland, Amazon review – but Zoë reckons there’s more to come from our two entangled investigators…

Charlie Fox Series
British author Zoë Sharp is best known for her Charlie Fox Series featuring ex-Special Forces turned bodyguard, Charlie Fox. The series comprises a prequel and thirteen titles to date. Charlie Fox is often likened to Jack Reacher, with a similar brand of high-octane action. Lee Child himself described Charlie Fox as “real, true, and authentic.

Lakes Thriller Series
More recently, Zoë has published the first two books in her new Lakes Thriller Series, featuring CSI Grace McColl and Detective Nick Weston. Described as “a remarkable combination of police procedural and psychological thriller“, the series is set in the beautiful English Lake District, a World Heritage Site, near to where Zoë has her home.

Zoë spent most of her formative years living aboard a yacht on the edge of Morecambe Bay in northwest England. Early in her career, she became a photo-journalist specialising in cars, acquiring the research and writing skills which are the bedrock of the professional author. It also gave her an opportunity to travel in Europe, Japan, and especially the United States, which she has visited frequently over many years. She is a keen biker, car-driver and yachtswoman.

Zoë Sharp’s writing has been nominated for numerous awards on both sides of the Atlantic, including twice for the Barry Award for Best British Crime Novel. It has inspired an original song video and been optioned for tv and film. She has also written standalone novels, including a collaboration with leading espionage thriller author, John Lawton. Her short stories have been published in many anthologies and short-listed for the Short Story Dagger Award of the UK Crime Writers’ Association.

Zoë is a keen library supporter and welcomes opportunities to talk to reader groups. She can be found on:

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