03. Enterprise, Agency & Making Things Happen: A Dialogue with Author, Editor & Publisher Zoë Harris


Novelist, editor, and publisher Zoë Harris

Zoë Harris is a writer, editor and documentation specialist based in Bærum, just outside of Oslo. She studied professional writing and editing in Adelaide, South Australia, while simultaneously developing a career in IT project management. In 2006, Zoë moved to Norway with her Norwegian partner where she now runs her own editing and book formatting business, is co-founder of Grimbold Books – under which she manages the dark fiction imprint, Tenebris Books – and leads the Oslo International Writers’ Group. (28:10)

 As well as a number of short stories, Zoë is the author of a dark fantasy series called The Eidolon Cycle, represented by Inklings Literary Agency.

Zoë’s Blog: zoewrites.com

Follow Zoë on Twitter: @zoeselina

Like her on Facebook: Zoë Harris – Author


[On the first draft of Amaranth] “For the first time in my life, I read back something that I’d written before and thought: Wow, this doesn’t suck.”

[On genre-bending] “If I had to describe what Amaranth is in those genre terms it would be new-adult-paranormal-contemporary-dark-fantasy…I think. Because it fills all of those boxes, but it doesn’t fit into any one.”

[On rejection] “I get a lot of, This is too dark for us.”

Who’s Who

Michelle Johnson of Inklings Literary Agency — Zoë’s agent

Utdanningshjelpen — The Norwegian charity supported by proceeds from North of the Sun, South of the Moon: New Voices from Norway

Ray Bradbury — His stories often exemplify genre-bending or genre-merging.

The Oslo International Writers’ Group

Books Mentioned

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

North of the Sun, South of the Moon: New Voices from Norway by The Oslo International Writers’ Group

The Latest from Zoë

Zoë Reads — Since our interview, Zoë has announced the launch of her own podcast, which will give her the chance to share her favorite fairy tales with the public. (We’re looking forward to some story time!)

Dollywagglers by Frances Kay — Tenebris Books, Zoë’s publishing imprint, has announced its first acquisition (hinted at on the show): Dollywagglers by Frances Kay. “A unique dystopian tale of the remnants of humanity struggling to survive alongside the loathsome creatures that thrive in a fractured world, Dollywagglers takes us into the underbelly of London after most of the population has mysteriously ‘parped’. There we meet Billie, a fortunately androgynous woman who professes to be immune to emotion. She must use all the skills she gained in her former life as a puppeteer on Southwold Beach in order to survive in this harsh new world.” Read more here…

Closing Quote

I love fantasy. I love horror. I love musicals. Whatever doesn’t really happen in life is what I’m interested in. As a way of commenting on everything that does happen in life, because ultimately the only thing I’m really interested in is people. ~ Joss Whedon

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