Zoe Sharp was born in
Nottinghamshire but spent her formative years living aboard a catamaran on the
northwest coast of England. She opted out of mainstream education at the age of
twelve and wrote her first novel at fifteen. She began her crime thriller series
featuring ex-soldier turned bodyguard Charlotte 'Charlie' Fox, after receiving
death-threats during the course of her work as a photojournalist. (The first
few books in the series are set in Lancaster and the Lakes, where Charlie
starts out teaching self-defence.) The series has won several awards and Zoe's
work, including her short stories, has been shortlisted for numerous prizes on
both sides of the Atlantic, as well as being optioned for TV and film. Lee
Child said: "If Jack Reacher were a woman, he'd be Charlie Fox."
Publications & Performance History
In the Charlie Fox
series: TRIAL UNDER FIRE: prequel (coming 2018) KILLER INSTINCT: book 1 RIOT
ACT: book 2 HARD KNOCKS: book 3 FIRST DROP: book 4 ROAD KILL: book 5 SECOND
SHOT: book 6 THIRD STRIKE: book 7 FOURTH DAY: book 8 FIFTH VICTIM: book 9 DIE
EASY: book 10 ABSENCE OF LIGHT: book 11 FOX HUNTER: book 12 FOX FIVE: Charlie
Fox short story collection THE BLOOD WHISPERER: crime thriller standalone AN
ITALIAN JOB (with John Lawton) DANCING ON THE GRAVE: crime thriller standalone
(coming 2018) Short stories, all published in various anthologies: A Bridge Too
Far Last Right Tell Me The Particular Talents of Lenny Bright Served Cold
Postcards From Another Country Off Duty chapter in SPECIFIC GRAVITY, ed Stuart
MacBride The Night Butterflies Rules Of Engagement Lost And Found Truth And
Lies Across The Broken Line Kill Me Again Slowly Earworms Risk Assessment The
Wife chapter in CULPRITS Caught On Camera Hounded
Workshop & Reading Experience
Numerous reading and
crime writing workshops since 2001, including lectures at the University of
South Wales Caerleon Summer School, Lancaster University, University of Portsmouth,
and bookstores and libraries in both the UK and the United States, where I have
toured extensively. I also do self-defence demonstrations, 'You Can't Run In
High Heels' as the ability to take care of herself is an integral part of the
character of Charlie Fox. Plus I've attended several Noir @ The Bar events, the
last of which was in Toronto, Canada. I have delivered a crime writing lecture
to the Center For Fiction in New York City.
Not sure who you'd
like to contact for references, but the organisers of the Bouchercon World
Mystery Convention, which I've attended since about 2004, or CrimeFest, which
is now in its tenth year in Bristol, or Iceland Noir, should be able to vouch
for my abilities to speak clearly and coherently to an audience, and to both
impart knowledge and entertain.
Group size preference
Anything more than
about half a dozen is great.
Group age preference
My work is not
suitable for children, but is often read by teenagers right up to
octogenarians. I receive fan letters from all age groups!
English, although I'm
reasonably fluent in American.
Area prepared to travel
Most of northern
England from Birmingham upwards, and the Scottish borders
I'm happy to do a
straightforward talk, a writing workshop, a self-defence demonstration, or work
with a reading group.