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Today I’m very pleased to welcome to The Quiet Knitter blog the star of the Tara Sharp series – no, not the author Marianne, but Tara Sharp herself.  I’ve never interviewed a character before but some of the responses make me wish that Tara Sharp were a flesh and blood person – she sounds like fun! 

The third novel in Marianne Delacourt’s series of paranormal crime novels about unorthodox PI Tara Sharp, ‘Too Sharp’,  launched this week.  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!

Too Sharp

Book Description:

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?
You can buy a copy of “Too Sharp” in the UK via Amazon here and for a limited time, snap up your free copy of “Sharp Shooter” in the UK via Amazon here

 


The Quiet Knitter chats with Tara Sharp:

You’re quite the ‘Girl Boss’ with your PI business. What exactly does your business entail and how did you get started?  

I’ll let you in on something… I’m not a registered PI or business as such.  But I have certain… skills, so jobs come to me by word of mouth.  Y’know, kinda niche stuff.  I handle the quirky requests that PI’s don’t want to do.  Once you get known for “psychic” anything, the weird comes out.

‘Psychic’? Sounds pretty unconventional, can you tell us a bit more?

I find it a bit embarrassing to talk about.  I mean, it put me into therapy.  Let’s just say that I’m good at reading people.  Like… VERY good.  I see things most people can’t sense.

Speaking of the ‘weird coming out,’ the types of clients you’ve worked with is getting quite diverse – From a motorcycle racing team owner to Madame Vine’s escort agency – For those of us excited about Too Sharp, can you give us any hints about your upcoming work?

Well, my security chief, Wal, has this mate who works as a music promoter in Queensland.  I’ve promised Wal I’ll help him out with this hip hop artist he’s bringing out from the states.  It’s a revival tour because the dude’s been in rehab.  I’m supposed to be his minder.  It’s not my usual thing, but then again I don’t really have a usual thing.  Word is that the dude is high maintenance.

It’ll be good to get away from home for a while though.  Things have been a bit stressful here between work stuff and guy stuff.

Sounds like that’s not likely to change if this hip hop artist is high maintenance. Could you describe your ‘ideal’ client?

You’re probably right, but a change is good as… Hmmmm, I definitely prefer the paying kind. Not being a legitimate PI has its disadvantages.  People try and short change you all the time, and your friends want freebies!

You do seem to have a particular skill for getting yourself into sticky situations. What’s the tightest spot you’ve found yourself in so far?

Ummm…honestly, I feel sick even thinking about it, let alone talking about it.  But I was recently abducted by a f’real hit man.  I know. Crazy right?

You were abducted by a hit man? I guess I’m quite lucky to be sitting here talking to you now. Actually you are looking a bit pale, Tara – moving swiftly on.

I have to say, you have quite a sense of style. How do you achieve a good work-life balance?

The truth is that my life has no balance at all.  And thanks for the compliment but my style is entirely down to Smitty and Bok.  I just do as I’m told.  Having two best friends who are the style King and Queen of the town, I learned early on not to resist them.  Bok edits a fashion magazine and Smitty, well she’s just Smitty: born with an unfair share of natural grace and style.

Excuse me if this is a little personal, but I think I speak for a lot of readers when I say I feel quite invested in your love life. Do you think it’s time to start taking things more seriously with beautiful Edouardo?

Ask away… Sigh.  He is beautiful, isn’t he?  But that’s the problem see.  He’s SO beautiful.  I just can’t help feeling that he’ll wake up one day and realise he should be dating a Hollywood star.  Also, he’s younger than me, so I worry about my cellulite.

Do you have any ‘life goals’ for the future?

Nothing too intense.  Lose ten kilos, move out of home for good, hook up with a man who doesn’t steal my furniture, make a living from my own business, be good to my friends.  Oh yeah, and live to see thirty.  Joke?  Not.


A huge thank you to Tara Sharp for keeping us entertained today and causing a few giggles with her fantastic answers!  Don’t forget to check out the other stops on the blog tour for “Too Sharp”, simply follow Marianne on Twitter @mdepierres or her publisher Twelfth Planet Press for more information.

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