I’ve interviewed Sharon Linnea for The Big Thrill about her new series novel Those Violent Delights. See the full interview here.
Sharon Linnea’s latest Movie Mystery series launches with THESE VIOLENT DELIGHTS, which weaves a mystery around the re-release of a movie, TRISTAN AND ISOLDE, one of those movies that defined a generation. Twenty years after its original run, as the studio plans a major re-release of the film, the actress who played Isolde realizes how many members of the cast and crew have died or disappeared. Can the killer be stopped before the reunion––or will the rest of the cast face a similar fate?
Romantic Times Book Reviews says of THESE VIOLENT DELIGHTS: “Great characterization and twisty surprises add up to an excellent mystery.”
Wesley Strick, screenwriter of CAPE FEAR and NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET says the novel is “A haunting fairy tale of filmmaking… It gets The Movies right––from glittery surface to sinister undertow.”
Rebecca Cantrell, award-winning author of the Hannah Vogel novels, warns that: “The characters will haunt you long after you turn the final page.”
Sharon Linnéa agreed to answer a few questions for TheBigThrill:
You have an incredible diversity of published works, Sharon. What made you write this particular story?
In storytelling, I find the most fertile ground to be the territory between what seems to be and what truly is. All good mysteries and thrillers set up camp there. Nowhere is that dichotomy more obvious than it is in the art of acting. Somehow, the relationships between characters in a movie or play inform the relationships between the actors themselves. And then there’s the publicity machine—who the actors are positioned as, as opposed to who they really are. For example, one chapter in THESE VIOLENT DELIGHTS opens with the official bio of actor Anastasia Day, daughter of aristocracy, educated at the finest schools—and then we meet her, in reality the impoverished 10-year-old daughter of an alcoholic American hairdresser. How can both be true? And what version of the truth must be discovered to reveal what motivates a serial killer?
See the full interview here.