Name: Mindee Arnett
Who is Mindee? A horse loving, former boxer who loves all things paranormal and Mumford and Sons.
Books: The Nightmare Affair (The Arkwell Academy Books 1 &2) and Avalon (Avalon #1)
If you haven’t read The Nightmare Affair you need to read my review here and then go buy the book. When you speak to an author a book that you believe changes the whole game, the excitement you feel is off the charts. After having a brief fan girl moment, Tanya Pickles interviewed Mindee Arnett, cutting down the basics of her popular first book and what it took to get there.
Motif Ink is honored . . . Enjoy
What inspired The Nightmare Affair?
The primary inspiration came from the Henry Fuseli painting The Nightmare. It depicts a woman with a “nightmare” sitting on her chest. I saw it and wondered what it would be like if the situation were reversed, if the woman were doing the sitting instead. And voilà, Dusty was born.
You state on your website that you wrote four novels, only submitted one and received dozens of rejection letters. What pushed you to keep trying?
Well, publishing was always the goal, but the drive has always been the story. Regardless of failure I never felt any desire to stop writing. And it just sort of followed that I would keep on trying to publish as well. Also, more than anything I think beginning writers need to understand that writing is a skill that takes a lot of time to develop. And the only way to develop it is to continue writing. I don’t consider those early novels as failures. They were practice novels.
How would you define your style of writing? What is it about your writing that draws people to read or continue reading your book/books?
Hmm…I’m not sure how to describe my style. I love vivid imagery and language, snappy dialogue, and a story that moves. I really don’t know what draws people to read my stuff other than the ideas themselves.
Do you feel that you are a successful writer? What makes you successful?
I think that success isn’t something you obtain. I think it’s something you have to strive for every day. It’s always ongoing. So I guess by that logic I’m only successful because I keep at it.
Finally, what is the lasting impression you wish to leave in the literary world?
Ha! For now, all I aspire to is to keep having the opportunity to write more books. We’ll see if there’s any lasting impression later, I suppose.
Mindee loves cyber stalkers (hahaha) so follow her here
For your Quick Five© email Tania at firstname.lastname@example.org