Anne Zouroudi is the award-winning author of the Greek detective series featuring enigmatic protagonist Hermes Diaktoros (the Fat Man), widely viewed as the Greek Hercule Poirot.
Anne grew up in the north of England, and began her working life in the IT industry, a career which saw her working on New York’s Wall Street and in the beautiful Rocky Mountain city of Denver, Colorado. In the US 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 almost thirty years.”
Anne married a Greek and spent a number of years living in the islands, where her son was born there. After returning to the UK she continued to write, but the short stories had grown into novels.
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“I wrote three books, and whilst I was getting interest in my writing, those novels didn’t find publishers, though a British-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 what she describes as a project that’s very different.