Zoë  Sharp

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Zoë Sharp

Zoë Sharp was born in Nottinghamshire, but spent her formative years on a catamaran off the north west of England, opting to be educated at home rather than school in her teens. In 1988 she made use of her passion for cars by becoming a freelance motoring writer, moving from that into photography. She is best known for her Charlie Fox series, two of which have been finalists for the Barry Award for Best British Crime Novel.

Interviewed 05 April 2014

Ten words to sum up your working life to date ...

All work and no play makes Zoë a dull girl.

Nine things you can see from where you're sitting ...

A set of police handcuffs
Jane’s Guns Recognition Guide
A blue elephant
Part of the tail fin from a Rapier missile (don’t ask)
My Kindle
An old copy of Chambers Dictionary with the pages covered in Post-It notes marking weird or interesting words
A framed four-leaf clover, given to me for luck
The spruce tree outside the study window where the red squirrels have built a drey
The much scribbled on first draft of the last book I was working on – Absence of Light: a Charlie Fox novella – which I have yet to recycle

Eight minutes to prepare a meal. What's it going to be ?

Defrosted home-made chilli spooned into a couple of heated-up taco shells and covered in low-fat Greek yoghurt. No time to cook rice.

Seven people you'd like to go for a drink with ...

Joss Whedon
Dame Helen Mirren
Sir Alan Sugar (if he was paying)
Dame Judi Dench
David Cameron (to ask him what the hell he thought he was playing at)
Sir Paul McCartney
Valentino Rossi

Six things you can't live without ...

Air, food, water, basic shelter … ah, not that kind of a list. OK then:
music to write by
periods of long silence
regular visits to the ocean
a clear view of the stars at night
the ability to occasionally travel very fast in – or on – some kind of motorised vehicle …

Five favourite words ...


Four places you'd run away to ...

The ocean
The Jordanian desert
The Florida Keys
The Greek Islands

Three books you've bought recently ...

High Heat: a Jack Reacher novella by Lee Child
Quiet Killers: the fall and rise of deadly diseases by Dr Robert Baker
Raylan by Elmore Leonard

Two things that make you rant ...

Positive or negative discrimination
The modern business model that makes it impossible for you to contact any business in the UK without first passing through an automated menu in another country and listening to many minutes of ‘music to cut your wrists by’

One thing you'd tell your teenage self ...

Try harder.