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I've known that I wanted to be a writer since I finished reading my first book; 'The Magic Faraway Tree' by Enid Blyton. I think I was about eight, but I've never changed my mind in all the years since then.

I got my first publishing contract when I was twenty-two, but had to wait until I was twenty-four to see that book published (it was The Swan Kingdom).

I live in a little house in a town by the sea, with my two rescued cats, one called Hero after a Shakespearian character and one Echo after a nymph from a Greek myth. I also have a springer/cocker spaniel called Finbar (otherwise known as The Devil Hound). There's a picture of him on the left.


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Zoë Marriott Excellent question! I think the key is to see characters as whole people, just like yourself and the other people in your life.

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Excellent question! I think the key is to see characters as whole people, just like yourself and the other people in your life.

We all - everyone of us, even the ones that seem totally perfect, confident and together on the surface - have damage of our own that makes us feel weak and flawed and hurt somewhere deep inside. But we all also have strengths and wonderful, powerful, worthwhile things about us, too. Vulnerable and strong may seem to be opposites, but actually it's the way they exist together within someone's personality that makes them who they are. Characters have to be the same. That often means reaching down into yourself as a writer and putting some analogue of your own pain and weakness on the page, and it's difficult - writing about Suzume was especially hard for me - but ultimately really rewarding because you feel as if you've reflected reality and created something really truthful in your fiction.

The good thing about writing YA is that often you're able to show a young person just beginning to grow all their strengths and their passions around the places inside them that are vulnerable and flawed, learning how to be who they need to be to survive and thrive. Sometimes you see this right from the start, as with Suzume and the events at the beginning of Shadows on the Moon, which she spends the whole book learning cope with. Sometimes, as with Frost in FrostFire, you portray a person desperately struggling and then go back and show the reader what has left them this way before you begin to build them back up again.

Tl;dr: strong and damaged are two sides of the same coin, and every character should have some of each inside them.(less)
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The Swan Kingdom
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Shadows on the Moon
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Zoë Marriott Daph (Lvngbooks) wrote: "I can't believe I wasn't stalking you on every website yet.. But don't worry, I found you! >:)!

PS: thanks for making us friendsies <3"


Of course! We ARE friends. And you're very welcome to stalk away - I do it to everyone else, believe me!


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Daph (Loving Books) I can't believe I wasn't stalking you on every website yet.. But don't worry, I found you! >:)!

PS: thanks for making us friendsies <3


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Zoë Marriott Heather wrote: " So Hi.
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Oh and I absolutely ADORE your books. I read them a few years back and WOW. :) X"


Thank you very much for friending me - and I'm so happy that I have a read who gives such good Gif. How I Met Your Mother and Doctor Who in one comment? Epic.


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Heather Wood description So Hi.
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Zoë Marriott Lady wrote: "OMG! I loved Shadows of the Moon so much Miss. Marriott it was incredible it touched my heart. I will try to read your other books if I get the chance and I'm honored that you are my friend!"

Thank you, Lady - I'm honoured that you liked my book so much :)


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Lady Light OMG! I loved Shadows of the Moon so much Miss. Marriott it was incredible it touched my heart. I will try to read your other books if I get the chance and I'm honored that you are my friend!


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Zoë Marriott Enna Isilee (Squeaky Books) wrote: "ZOE! Why did I not know you were on GoodReads?! Thanks for the friend request!!"

WHY didn't I know YOU were? Thanks for friending back :)


Enna Isilee (Squeaky Books) ZOE! Why did I not know you were on GoodReads?! Thanks for the friend request!!


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Zoë Marriott Jo wrote: "Hey Zoe!
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I'm fine, thank you, Jo! Hope you are too 8D


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Jo Hey Zoe!
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Zoë Marriott Adrianja wrote: "I loved Daughter of the Flames :) I can't wait for the sequel. I haven't read swan kingdom or shadows on the moon but they are coming up soon on my tbr list"

Thanks, Adrianja! I really hope you like the other books when you get hold of them. I'm doing edits on the companion novel to Daughter of the Flames now (FrostFire) and hopefully that will be out in July next year, so that's something to look forward to as well :)


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Zoë Marriott ~♥Sophia The Rain Dancer♥~ wrote: "OMG!I LOVEDLOVEDLOVED The Swan Kingdom I could NOT stop reading it! :)"

Ha ha - thank you! It's lovely to hear that.


The Honorable Sophia *I Only Like Gingers* Tallon OMG!I LOVEDLOVEDLOVED The Swan Kingdom I could NOT stop reading it! :)


April (Book Geek Central) Thanks for the friend request! :)


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Zoë Marriott Nicole wrote: "hey zoe :) i really like "daughter of the flames" because the heroine, zira/zahira is really strong, beautiful andf complex. And the story itself is good. I'm looking forward to reading "swan kingd..."

Thanks! I'm working on the follow-up novel to Daughter of the Flames now, so it's encouraging to hear from people that liked the first one.


Nicole hey zoe :) i really like "daughter of the flames" because the heroine, zira/zahira is really strong, beautiful andf complex. And the story itself is good. I'm looking forward to reading "swan kingdom". :)


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Zoë Marriott Thank you. Have you checked out my new blog, here: http://thezoe-trope.blogspot.com? There's a giveaway on...


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Yaa OMG!! I LOVE YOUR BOOKS!!!! Huge fan!! =D


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