Today, I’m delighted to be joined by Astrid Arditi, talking about her novel A Cunning Plan, and her writing.
Tell me about your latest / current release.
A Cunning Plan is a romantic mystery with a strong dose of humor. The heroine, Sloane Harper, is your regular housewife: loving, devoted, overworked and riddled with insecurities. But she’s stubborn. So when her husband divorces her, she sets on a quest to win him back. Whether he deserves it is another question altogether. Her quest will involve stalking his posh new mistress, partnering with a cute and highly annoying IRS agent, and throwing herself in the dating arena.
Do you use real or imagined settings? Or both? If both, which do you prefer?
I use mostly real settings so I can give substance to my narrative. Sloane isn’t me but our lives intersect in many ways, which is why she’s my first character to stand out from the page and coming to life somehow. The cool restaurants and clubs she frequents are actual places in London although there’s one I’ve never managed to set foot into. – Chiltern Firehouse has a minimum two months waiting list!
And what sort of researcher are you, if you need to research? Are you able to stay focused, or do you get distracted easily by new, interesting snippets or facts?
I don’t really do research, except translations. I’m French so out of a two hour writing session I usually need to look for translation at least a couple times. This gets me distracted enough.
Do you include real people in your writing? If so, who has been your most / least favourite?
The only character who’s almost real in my book is Claudia, Sloane’s housekeeper/ best friend. I based her loosely on my previous colorful housekeeper, who spent as much time sipping coffee at my kitchen counter as cleaning, and was my first friend when I moved to London.
If you could have written the back catalogue, or even just one novel, or any other writer, who would it be, and why?
If I could have written just one novel it would have been Janet Evanovich’s One for the Money. This is book one of the perfect feel good series. Laughter guaranteed.
If you could visit any historical event or period (as a witness only, no interfering!), which would it be, and why?
The 70s for its idealism and XVIIIth century to check out Marie Antoinette’s walk in closet.
Oh, I like the idea of visiting her wardrobe! Finally, you’re allowed a whole afternoon with anyone from history – who would you choose, and what would you discuss?
I would love to spend the afternoon with Napoleon. Most fascinating character but I might be biased… I am French after all!
Blurb for A Cunning Plan
Determined to put her family back together, Sloane Harper stalks her ex husband and his annoyingly stunning mistress, Kate. But she’s not the only one. Handsome IRS agent Ethan Cunning is surveying them too, but not for the same reasons. He is attempting to nail Kate’s playboy boss.
Ethan and Sloane decide to help each other, which sends Sloane’s wobbly life spinning out of control. She’ll have to face danger, humiliation, and scariest of all, the dating scene, to lure her daughters’ father home.
Losing control was the best thing to happen to Sloane… until it turned lethal.
Astrid Arditi was born from a French father and Swedish mother. She lived in Paris and Rome before moving to London with her husband and daughter back in 2013.
After dabbling in journalism, interning at Glamour magazine, and teaching kindergarten, Arditi returned to her first love: writing.
She now splits her time between raising her kids (a brand new baby boy just joined the family) and making up stories.
A Cunning Plan is Arditi’s first published work.
I blog at www.astridarditi.com
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