Anne Zouroudi is the award-winning author of the Greek detective series featuring enigmatic protagonist, Hermes Diaktoris (“the Fat Man”) and which is set mainly in the Greek islands.
Anne grew up in South Yorkshire. Following her education at Sheffield High School for Girls, she went into the IT industry, a career which took her to both America and Colorado. In America she began to take seriously her ambition to write fiction and bought a typewriter for her first short stories.
On returning to the UK, she booked a summer holiday with her sister. The location they chose was a tiny island in southern Greece.
“We arrived at night; there was nothing to see,” she recalls. “But the next morning, I opened the shutters of our rented house, and bam! Love at first sight. The brilliant blue sea, the scent of herbs on the breeze, the timelessness of the place… It was the first moment of a love affair which has lasted twenty years.”
Anne spent a number of years living in the islands after she married a Greek, and her son was born there. After returning again to the UK, she continued writing, but the short stories had grown into novels and were based in the Greek islands she knew and loved so well.
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“I wrote three, and whilst I was getting interest in my writing, those novels didn’t find publishers, though a northern-based thriller came close,” she says. “Then I decided to write a novel set in Greece, based on a character who’d come to my mind whilst I was living there. He became Hermes Diaktoros. I sent the manuscript to an agent, and went off to spend some time in Greece. When I returned, I got the call I’d been waiting for. I’d written the right book at last.”
Anne now lives with her partner in East Anglia, where she’s working on the next book in the Greek Detective series.