Monday, September 2, 2013

Debut Authors Bash!

Today, I have a special post! I got the chance to interview MINDEE ARNETT, guys! She is amazing! I loved her debut, The Nightmare Affair and can't wait to check out her upcoming book, Avalon! So, here we go!

What did you do to celebrate your debut release?
With a valium and a shot of whiskey. Just kidding. Release day was super busy and stressful.
I did a very last minute tv spot and then had my launch “party” that evening in the midst of a 7-
inch snow storm. Good times. So instead of a big celebration, I celebrate every little thing, like
finishing a first draft, an edit, and so on. Usually this involves sushi and afterward some kind of
chocolate, preferably in cake form.

I can see from your sophomore book that you expanded your genre a bit- why is that? Did the
story just come out unexpectedly?
I’ve always had an all-encompassing love of fantasy and science fiction, so for me it’s not so
much of an expansion as simply the next story I had to tell. And after the sci-fi I’m planning a
high fantasy.

Who is your inspiration in writing?
I can’t say there really is a single person who inspired my writing. The inspiration for me is
simply a love of story. But some of the authors who have influenced me early on include
Jennifer Roberson, Roald Dahl, Stephen King, and J.K. Rowling. These days I’m inspired by the
likes of Laini Taylor and Maggie Stiefvater.

Any author friends that were just awesome?(Haha, I should have said which authors.)
All of my author friends are awesome!

Did you always want to be a writer? Jobs that you did in your teen years :)
Yes, I’ve wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember. I think there might even be hard
evidence to back this up in my “career exploration” homework assignments from grade school.
As a teen I worked a lot of different jobs. My very first one was as a horseback riding trail guide.
I also shelved books at the library, cleaned stalls, and waited tables.

Amazing song that you just heard and fell in love with?
Probably my favorite new song is Below My Feet by Mumford and Sons. It’s kind of my “feel
better” song. There’s something very soothing and uplifting about it.

Are you a pantser( I don't know if I spelled that right!) or planner?
I’m a pantser who likes to stop and ask for directions. I’m absolutely incapable of outlining,
but when I’m drafting I don’t just completely wing-it either. When you’re writing a novel, there
a million different choices you can make from chapter to chapter, scene to scene. I generally
follow my gut instinct on these choices, but I always stop long enough to ask myself why this is
a good decision. Doing that helps me keep the story on track and headed in the right direction.

Farthest place you traveled? Places that you want to go to?
The farthest I’ve ever been is Puerto Rico. The place I want to visit the most would definitely be
the UK. I was an English Lit major, and I’m a bit obsessed with British tv (Doctor Who, Sherlock)
and literature.

What's your favorite food?
Sushi and Mexican are my two favs.

Favorite color?
Blue. I particularly love the shade for The Nightmare Dilemma.

Why young adult?
There’s definitely nothing easier about young adult, as compared to adult or even to middle
grade. Story-telling is tough all the way around. But my favorite thing about writing young adult
is how much freedom I have in terms of genre and content. I’m not sure that if I had started
out writing for adults that I would’ve been able to have both a paranormal and a science fiction
series happening at the same time. But YA is a very embracive category and not so hung up on
genre lines.

Thanks for a great interview!

Thank you, Mindee for a spectacular interview! You were an awesome interviewee :)

Now for the giveaway!


There will be a total of THREE winners! Grand prize winner will receive a signed hardcover of The Nightmare Affair + swag. 2 runner-ups will win a swag pack!

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  1. Great interview! I am very excited about the second book but more so about Avalon. Anything compared to Firefly has my vote immediately!

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  2. GAH! I'm so excited for Avalon...I can't even explain it!! I have an ecopy, so I need to get on that!

    Great interview! Thanks for hosting [=

  3. Great interview!!! I have been wanting to read The Nightmare Affair for awhile!!

  4. I love the covers Mindee has done for her books. So eye-catching!

  5. Avalon sounds amazing! Can you tell I was a fan of Firefly? :-)

  6. I love Mumford and Sons, so I definitely like that answer in the interview. I also love Mindee's response about why YA. :)

    Thank you so much for the giveaway!

  7. Never heard of this book but I'll definitely take a look. Great post!

  8. This is one that I've been waiting to try for awhile. Thanks for the interview!

  9. We could so be friends in real life. I love blue, Stephen King, and YA. I can't wait to read this book! Thanks for the interview!

  10. YAY for Mexican food :) Mindee's books look beyond fantastic - I cannot wait for her newest!

  11. I believe in the meaning of laughter and this book looks hilarious. Therefor it has meaning!

  12. Fun interview! I liked THE NIGHTMARE AFFAIR; I thought it was fun, and I look forward to reading THE NIGHTMARE DILEMMA! And I love the covers; they're so pretty and artistic. Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. I think I'm even more excited to read Avalon than I am to read The Nightmare Affair.

    It's interesting to hear authors' differing opinions on outlining. I've never tried to write, but I imagine I'd have to outline, just because I'm such a planner.

    Thanks for the interview and giveaway!

  14. I love her answers, especially how she celebrated. Unfortunately, snow storms seem to happen any time there is anything important happening around here too. Can't wait to finally start this series!

  15. I can't wait to read this book!!! It has been on my eye candy wishlist for quite some while. thx u soooo much!


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