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#Interview with Danielle Zinn, author of Sophomania

Many apologies to all concerned . . . I was due to post this on August 1st but have just discovered that I had accidentally saved it as a draft post instead of scheduling it properly – so sorry! I really enjoyed reading Danielle’s answers to my questions – please read on to find out more about her and this book!

Please welcome Danielle Zinn here today!

She has kindly answered my questions and allowed me to share her responses here with you today – thank you, Danielle!

Read on to discover more about Danielle, her inspiration and her book, Sophomania!

Where did you get the inspiration for the book/series?

I am an avid crime fiction reader and when travelling around the world I always try to find books by local authors. So one day I had the idea to write a crime story which is set in my home village located in the Ore Mountains in Germany, because nobody has ever used this setting for crime fiction before.

What is your writing process?

It is a bit of planning plotlines and characters on a large sheet of paper but then I just start writing.

Do you write using pen and paper or on a computer?

I prefer writing on a computer; I’m much quicker typing.

Who is your favourite character out of your stories and why?

My favourite character is Sky (and her dog Barney). DI Thomas is Sky’s guardian when her father is away on business. Some traits of character are based on my younger self 😉 and my grandfather once had a golden cocker spaniel dog who was as cheeky as Barney.

If you were a character in your story, which would you like to be?

I’d like to be the killer because from his point of view the story is like a chess game – he always has to be at least one step ahead of the DI. It’s interesting to observe others and then plot your next steps and decisions… and maybe get away with it.

How and why did you choose the names for your main characters?

They are a mixture of my favourite names, actors I like and people I have met while travelling.

Thank you for answering my questions, Danielle!

Continue reading to find out more about Danielle and her novel, Sophomania.


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.

Author Bio – 

Danielle Zinn is a German author, born and raised in a small village in the Ore Mountains/Germany where not only her debut crime novel Snow Light is set but also her second book, Sophomania.

She holds a BA (Hons) degree in Business and Management from New College Durham/UK and has settled down in Leipzig/Germany where she works as a Financial Controller at an IT Consultancy.

She was introduced to the world of English literature and writing from an early age on through her mother – an English teacher. Over the last years, she circumnavigated the globe and loves visiting her friends scattered all over the world.

Social Media Links – 

Twitter: @DanielleZinn4             https://twitter.com/daniellezinn4 

Facebook: Danielle.zinn.7           https://www.facebook.com/danielle.zinn.7

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