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Getting to Know Anne C. Scardino, Author of A Tangled Affair

Anne Scardino
Newly released Subplot title, A Tangled Affair, will have a feature post in the next few posts! In the meantime, we interviewed Anne C. Scardino on writing the book and have a Q and A with her below.

1. What is the inspiration behind A Tangled Affair?
My love of mysteries began in childhood, reading Nancy Drew books. As an adult, that passion continued with thrillers by John Grisham and Danielle Steel. This was the main inspiration behind A Tangled Affair. I was also captured by character development—reading and learning about characters: why they did what they did, how things turned out after tragedy hit and, most importantly, what was learned and solved by the end of the book.

2. This story takes place in both Philadelphia and Turks and Caicos. Why did you choose these two places?
I decided to place my novel in two locations that I know and love—Philadelphia, where I grew up and presently live, and Turks and Caicos, which I discovered twenty years ago. In Turks and Caicos, I fell in love with the people and the incredible blue water. It doesn’t get any better than a walk on the beach in Providenciales. 

3. How did your background in art and design influence this novel?
A Tangled Affair
I have always loved beautiful places and spaces and have been fortunate to travel to such places, my favorites being France and Italy; and I have developed and designed beach homes, which demands attention to detail. My description of scenes has definitely been enhanced by travel and design.

4. How would you describe your authorial style?
My authorial style was influenced by my favorite book, The Great Gatsby—just 180 pages of great storytelling with flawed characters, like all of us.

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Anne Scardino is a building and design consultant-turned-novelist. She has always had a passion for writing, whether it be social commentary or design and travel. But it is her twenty-three years of volunteering at the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House that has fed her soul. Anne holds a degree in journalism from Temple University and has taken coursework at Moore College of Art and Design and The New School. An avid fan of music and travel, Anne resides in Philadelphia. Her favorite place is Turks and Caicos.

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