Zoë Sharp was born in Nottinghamshire, but spent most of her childhood living on a catamaran on the northwest coast of England. Zoë wrote her first novel when she was fifteen, but success came in 2001 with the publication of the first Charlie Fox book, Killer Instinct. Nine successful installments in the series later, she's been nominated for Barry Awards (and also the Edgars, Anthonys, and Daggers for her writing) and in 2010 the Charlie Fox series was optioned by Twentieth Century Fox TV.
Charlie Fox has been described as a female version of Lee Child's Jack Reacher, a former special forces trainee turned bodyguard. The latest Charlie Fox novel, Fifth Victim, will be released in the U.S. in 2012, and finds the life of Charlie's lover, Sean, hanging in the balance, while Charlie takes on a case protecting the wayward daughter of a rich businesswoman. When the man who put Sean in his coma is turned loose, Charlies is faced with the choice between her loyalties to her client and avenging Sean.
Zoë's Bookmas offering is one shared by a lot of folks around this sometimes overly-stressful season, especially as we miss loved ones who are no longer with us, and brings to mind the lyrics of "Auld Lang Syne":
Christmas is short days and long nights, Turkish Delight, wind, rain, sleet, and snow, long games of Scrabble, mince pies, snow sculpting, hunting through a box of liquorish Allsorts until only the coconut ones are left, walks in the cold, Die Hard, frost on cobwebs, icy steps, digging the car out, slow-cooked roast and cold cuts, old movies and new books.
A time of melancholy, reflection, regret.
A time to remember where we were last year, and where we thought we’d be this.
A time to remember those who were here last year, and won’t be here this, or next.
A time to think of the Macmillan Cancer nurses, who looked after my Aunt Mary right to the end. Mary, who always wanted to write but never had the courage to show her words to anyone.
For me, Christmas is a time to think of what might have been.
Zoë's charity, Macmillan Cancer Support, provides practical, medical and financial support for cancer patients like Zoë's Aunt Mary and also pushes for better cancer care. They accept donations from UK residents via this link, and if you're outside the UK, the charity has other ways you can help.