When Zoe was a little girl her inventor father taught her to “look at things another way”, while her mother taught her to see dragons in the shapes of natural things. Zoe is still practicing what she was taught. As a result Zoe is an award-winning British writer and poet. She spends half her life in a partly-restored old farmhouse in the Czech Republic, where she writes all her novels and poetry.
Zoe aims to write popular books that have complex characters and themes that get under the reader’s skin. She finds her experience of working with people on the edge of society an inspiration for her fiction.
She has a liking for books where fantasy and reality meet. Her favorite writers include Ursula Le Guin, Hilary Mantel, Angela Carter and Andrei Makine. Her favorite books include Jane Eyre, The Hummingbird’s Daughter, The Earthsea Quartet and Nights at the Circus