And secondly today, I’m on the blog tour for Sophomania and am thrilled to bring you a Q&A with author, Danielle Zinn. Enjoy!
about the book
Author: Danielle Zinn
Genre: Crime / Mystery / Detective
Series/Standalone: Standalone Second Book in the DI Thomas Mystery Series
Estimated page count: 355
Formats available: Paperback and eBook. Available on Kindle Unlimited
Tour organised by: Rachel’s Random Resources
When Detective Inspector Nathaniel Thomas is presented with an anonymous letter and three unexplained deaths in less than twenty-four hours, he realizes that his idyllic home village Crottendorf masks a turbulent reality. Summoning his trusted colleague, DS Ann Collins, Thomas begins to unravel what quickly becomes an overwhelming mountain of conflicting evidence.
So many secrets. So many lies. So many attempts to cover things up.
All is not as it first appears and it proves a lot harder to pin down the killer who prides himself on being more than one step ahead of the DI.
A deeply rooted family tragedy, greed and vengeance are at the core of this crime novel. The twists and turns of Sophomania leave you wondering to the very end who the real murderer is—or if there may actually be more than one killer on the loose in the anything-but-sleepy village of Crottendorf.
q&A with danielle zinn
Detective novel, murder mystery
Tell us a bit about yourself:
It may sound a bit odd but I am a German author, born and raised in a small village in the Ore Mountains in Germany. I studied in the UK and now work as a Financial Controller at an IT Consultancy.
What inspired you to start writing?
My mum and me have always loved reading English crime novels. And so one day I had the idea to write a crime novel in English which is set in our German home village as a Christmas surprise for my mother. What started as a funny idea finally came to an end as my debut crime novel Snow Light two years later.
How many books have you written and published?
I have written and published two books, my debut novel Snow Light and my second one Sophomania.
How do you choose the names of your characters?
They are a mixture of my favourite names, actors I like and people I have met while travelling.
Which of your characters would you want to be stranded on an island with, and why?
I could imagine to be stranded with David James because he is fun and handsome and of course Barney the doggie.
Who is your favourite author and which of their books is your favourite, and why?
One of my favourite writers is the Australian crime fiction author Jane Harper. I especially enjoyed her second book “The Force of Nature” as I bought and read it while on holiday in Melbourne. The book is set in the thickly forested mountains north-east of Melbourne, so I felt very close to the story and the characters.
What is the first thing you can remember writing?
My first wish list to Father Christmas, because my mum kept it. Honestly, I have never written poems or stories before.
What other jobs have you done other than being an author?
At the moment I work as a Financial Controller but I have also worked as a ski instructor.
If you could get in a time machine and had one chance to travel, where would you go? (Backwards or forwards!)
I’d go backwards to the time of James Cook and his discoveries in the South Sea (and try to be part of the “Endeavour” or the “Resolution” ship crew). I love reading his log books and imagine what it must have been like to set foot on undiscovered islands.
If you could have one conversation with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
When I read non-fiction it’s mainly about travelling and discoveries. I’d love to meet Alexander Gerst, the first German commander of the International Space Station. He’s a great inspirer and motivator.
What are your favourite things to do?
I love travelling the world and have discovered acrylic painting during lockdown.
What is the strangest thing that has ever happened to you?
That I dreamed of something which actually happened afterwards.
If you could give your younger writing self any advice what would it be?
Do not underestimate the long process and effort to publish and promote a book.
Name one book you think everyone should read?!
Puh, that’s tough as tastes vary. I’d say every kid should have read one Harry Potter book. Book #2 was the first English book I have ever read.
And finally, tell us about your most recent book and where we can find it?
Sophomania is my second book in the DI Thomas mystery series. It is about a deeply rooted family tragedy, greed and vengeance and a cunning killer who prides himself on being more than one step ahead of the DI and his team.
It’s set in my beautiful home area of the Ore Mountains – and the book includes a map (drawn by my partner) to get a better sense of place.
Sophomania is the sequel to Snow Light, my debut novel.
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Thanks to Rachel for inviting me on to the tour and to Danielle for chatting with us.
Have a wonderful day lovelies.