Publisher: Twelfth Planet Press
Tara Sharp’s new case brings her to Brisbane, where she is placed in charge of Slim Sledge, a high-maintenance rock star. Tara’s a sucker for a backstage pass, and it’ll provide some much-needed distance between herself and her mother’s not-so-subtle hints about getting a “real” job, not to mention crime lord Johnny Viaspa, the only man on the planet who wants her dead.
She expected the music industry to be cut-throat, but Tara soon uncovers more problems than just Slim Sledge’s demands and his rabid fans. Everywhere she turns, the grudges run deeper and the danger ramps up.
Has Tara finally pushed her luck too far?
Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Too Sharp. I have a guest post from the author about her writing inspirations.
Inspirations for, and thoughts on, creating Tara Sharp and her unusual gift
I used to be terrified of flying and I found that the only books that could keep me distracted on a flight were the Stephanie Plum novels by Janet Evanovich. The series had such good narrative energy and engaging characterisation that it held my attention when all other books left me glancing anxiously out of the window. I’d also just finished writing a very exhausting four book feminist sci-fi space opera and I was looking for a change of genre. Those two factors seeded the gestation of Tara Sharp.
Then it was all about the characters. Who was going to be in this story? Once I’d imagined Tara’s personality, the secondary characters just wrote their way onto the page without any forethought. It was like they’d been waiting for me to set them free to live and love.
But as I set out to write the first novel, I realised I was looking for something a little different to hang the series on. I’d always been particularly fascinated by body language and began reading about it in earnest. When Sharp Shooter was first released there were a few psychic shows on television like The Mentalist and Medium, but there weren’t a lot of books in the crime genre that played with those ideas. (I think there are more now.) As I was researching body language, I suddenly remembered that as a teenager we used to spend lunchtimes at school standing up against a big white door trying to read each other’s auras. I widened my reading and was fascinated to see there was a whole lot of new age material on just that topic. But instead of borrowing someone else’s interpretations of auras, I created my own colour meanings. So I have this whole foolscap exercise book full of colour coding and then an index of the colour mixes of each character’s aura. I’m constantly thumbing through it, to check and tweak things. It’s my aura bible!
It was by far one of the most enjoyable things I’ve ever done as a writer!
The third novel in Marianne Delacourt’s series of paranormal crime novels about unorthodox PI Tara Sharp, ‘Too Sharp’, launched 28 March. The novel is available from all online retailers, including Twelfth Planet Press and Amazon. Readers new to Delacourt’s Tara Sharp series can spark their addiction with ‘Sharp Shooter’, the ebook of which is available for free for a limited time to celebrate the launch.
About the Author:
Author MARIANNE DELACOURT is the alter ego of award-winning, internationally-published Science Fiction writer Marianne de Pierres. Renowned for dark satire in her Science Fiction, Marianne offers lighter, funnier writing under her Delacourt penname. As Delacourt, Marianne is also the author of Young Adult fiction series Night Creatures (Burn Bright, Angel Arias and Shine Light). She is a co-founder of the Vision Writers Group and ROR – wRiters on the Rise, a critiquing group for professional writers. Marianne lives in Brisbane with her husband and two galahs.