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.”
Crime, Short Stories.
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.