Watch out! There is a brand-new author on the scene. And she is awesome. Fans of Janet Evanovich rejoice, because Arditi’s first book, A Cunning Plan, will remind you of Stephanie Plum and her kooky adventures.
Oh…and it’s out TODAY! Meet Sloane Harper, mother extraordinaire and spy a bit…less extraordinaire.
“Combining chick lit with kick ass detective story, a laugh-out-out rollercoaster of domesticity, danger, sass, and steam, all wrapped around an imaginative premise and great writing.”
~Stella Birrell, author of How Many Wrongs Make a Mr Right?
1-If your book was a movie, who would play your characters ?
Funnily enough, the one character I struggle most to cast is Sloane, my heroine. As it’s often the case, the people you hold closest are the ones you see less clearly. At first I started with Dree Hemingway in mind but there’s also a little bit of clumsy Cameron Diaz in her.
To complete the female cast, the great Emma Thompson would play Bizzy, Sloane’s mom, and Paige Turco would be Kate Stappleton. For Claudia, her housekeeper/ best friend, I would picture Olivia Wilde in this particular role (see picture).
Claudia played by Olivia Wilde
2-If your book was a song, which one would it be ?
It must have been love from Roxette. When Sloane meets Ethan…
3-Places that inspired you ?
London where I’ve been living for the past four years. Especially the Chelsea neighborhood, and Sloane Street which inspired my heroine’s name.
4-Who’s your favorite character in the book ?
Sloane of course ! She’s a total mess. Sweet, insecure yet incredibly stubborn, loving, funny, vulnerable but surprisingly resilient. A kaleidoscope of the many wonderful women I’ve had the chance to cross path with.
5-Literary boyfriend ? (perhaps someone from the book ?)
I have a serious crush on Ethan Cunning ! As his name suggests, he can be deceitful and manipulative but only when the circumstances demand it. He’s also caring and kind, and overprotective of the people he loves. Did I mention he’s terribly sexy ?
6-Teaser for book 2 ?
Sloane’s love life becomes messier than ever with a new contender entering the race : fellow Frenchman and total hottie, Felix Leconte.
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 astridarditi.com
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