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.
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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 –
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My rocky road to self-publishing …
Six years ago I came back from a stunning holiday in Australia – of course, with a couple of books I had gathered along the way. Immediately I fell in love with the writing style of one of them and with Christmas approaching surprisingly fast, as it does every year, I decided to write a crime novel as a Christmas present for my parents. The initial idea was to write it, print it, have it nicely bound, wrap it and give it away. Unfortunately, I underestimated the amount of time it takes to write a book by 100%. Christmas came and went and I hadn’t managed to get beyond chapter three.
It took me around two months to create the setting, characters and plot and another six months to write the entire first draft. The characters and plot are all made up in “Snow Light”, my debut novel, as well as in Sophomania, its sequel. The setting of Crottendorf in the Ore Mountains however, is real. I gave the first three chapters to my mum to read, asking her for a brutally honest opinion – if she didn’t like it, I would stop writing. Fortunately, she enjoyed it and asked for more. This was the first major make-or-break point in my still very young life as an author.
I work full time as a Financial Controller so the time I had available to write, was limited. In the late afternoon I was always anticipating the moment I could finally leave the office and be in the company of DI Thomas, Sky, Barney and DS Collins again.
Once the writing was done, a long series of editing and proofreading began and I ‘bought’ help from a company offering those services. Without the manuscript being edited professionally, I didn’t dare send it out to any publisher or literary agent.
Finally, nearly three years after I had created the first character, I had all required documents together (yes, yes, you need more than just your edited manuscript to get through a publisher’s door… like a query letter, synopsis, a summary of chapters) and sent them out to various publishers.
I was lucky and signed my first book contract a week after sending out my documents. My debut novel Snow Light was published by a traditional publisher, who did a fantastic job with the promotion and I was bouncing off the walls with joy. Now I had tasted blood and wanted to write and publish my second novel. I started enthusiastically within a couple of months after the first publication… and then life came in the way. I moved into another city, met and broke up with a boyfriend and had a car crash.
When Sophomania was finally finished my publisher told me that it was too late. They preferred publishing the sequel within a year of publication of the first book… something I didn’t know. Now I had a finished draft and no publisher. But I still believed in my idea and decided to give the publishing world another go, after all I was very satisfied with my sales figures for book #1.
I found a new publisher and agreed to re-publish book #1, see how sales went and then publish book #2. By that time, however, nearly three years had passed since the first publication. To cut a long story short – sales didn’t go according to plan and the publisher wasn’t interested in Sophomania anymore.
I decided to give self-publishing a go. I downloaded amazon’s kdp guidelines and carefully worked my way through the chapters. My boyfriend bought me Sophomania’s book cover as a Christmas present and I had the book professionally edited again by the same company, which I had used for my first book. Formatting the paperback and ebook took some weekends but was easier than anticipated if you followed the guidelines.
Finally, the big day came when I pressed the ‘Publish’ button and some hours later Sophomania was available on amazon worldwide. What a proud moment! … and then the big promotion machinery set into motion. Writing a book is like playing with a boomerang. Whenever you think you’re finally done, there’s a knock on the door behind you and it hits you again. Nevertheless, I’m thankful for the experience I was allowed to gather in the publishing world – an industry I had no knowledge of whatsoever.