A Cunning Plan
Title: A Cunning Plan
Series: Sloane Harper #1
Author: Astrid Arditi
Publication Date: 8th May 2016
Genre: Adult, Romance, Suspense
Determined to put her family back together, Sloane Harper stalks her ex husband and his annoyingly stunning mistress, Kate. And 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.
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1. A Cunning Plan has a lovely mix of spy thriller as well as romance and drama. Where did you get the inspiration from to create a story like this? Movies, books?
I mostly get my inspiration from my everyday life and my friends. Sloane is a thirty something year old mother of two like me. She’s a kaleidoscope of all the women that have moved me over the years.
I decided to write this cross genre of romance, suspense and comedy because I simply couldn’t pick just one style. My favorite books include Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones Diary and Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series. Feel good, laugh out loud books with sexy men and strong heroines.
2. How long did it take you to write this book with the whole editing process?
It took me three months to write A Cunning Plan, the same to edit it, and almost a year between starting to query agents and publication. A long, frustrating year, but one of the most thrilling time of my life as well ☺
3. Did you listen to music while writing? If so, were there any particular songs that you listened to the most?
I don’t write to music but Sloane has a playlist in the novel, which she listens to in her Mini Austin, where she practically lives in this story. She loves oldies, her favorite song being the Roxettes’ It must have been love.
4. A Cunning Plan is quite humorous as well as suspenseful, did you get any inspiration from anything in particular to help you create humour or did you just create it all using your imagination?
I always loved comedies but the humor in A Cunning Plan is all my own – writing a comedy came as a surprise, mostly to me, as I’m not the funniest person in real life. I guess my inner voice is humorous but I’m usually too shy to crack jokes when in front of an audience. I am very clumsy though, which often leads to comical situations, something you can find in the book.
The reality of the situation was slowly creeping up on me. A stranger was inside my car. I inched toward the door handle, knowing my best solution would be to escape. My only knowledge of martial arts came from watching The Karate Kid. I harbored a strong suspicion it wouldn’t help much. I would probably hurt myself if I tried to pull off a crane move. Shoving all movie references away from my overwrought brain, I wondered what was wrong with me?
A burning sensation in my lungs reminded me to breathe. I gulped as much air as I could, getting ready to scream for help. All the while, I kept my eyes trained on him, trying to conjure a reassuring expression that wouldn’t set him off. Would I make it out of the door if he lunged toward me?
Doubtful. Although he lounged back in the seat casually, I could feel the tension in his lean body, a panther ready to pounce on his prey.
I focused on his face, hoping to decipher his intentions. Besides his brown eyes that had lost their humor, the intruder had light chestnut hair clipped short, a nose that must have been straight once, and a square jaw sporting a five o’clock shadow.
At last, my hand connected with the metal handle and I tensed, ready to spring the hell out of here. Let him have the car, I just wanted out.
His hand shot in my direction, but he stopped it right before it touched my arm.
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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.
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