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Quick Five© with Mindee Arnett

 Courtesy of Mindee Arnett            (Goodreads)
Courtesy of Mindee Arnett

Name: Mindee Arnett

Who is Mindee? A horse loving, former boxer who loves all things paranormal and Mumford and Sons.

Website: http://www.mindeearnett.com

Books: The Nightmare Affair (The Arkwell Academy Books 1 &2) and Avalon (Avalon #1)

Buy: Amazon, Barnes & Nobles

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.

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What inspired The Nightmare Affair?

             Tor Teen  Published March 5, 2013              367 Pages
Tor Teen
Published March 5, 2013
367 Pages

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.

             Tor Teen    Expected Publication March 4, 2014             384 Pages
Tor Teen
Expected Pub. March 4, 2014
384 Pages

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.

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Book Review: The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett


This is going to be a popular series.

Dusty Everhart is what is called a Nightmare. She breaks into people’s home to feed on their dreams. She is the only Nightmare at her boarding school Arkwell Academy and her mother is fairly famous from her antics in her days. So trying to have a normal seems far fetch. It officially becomes impossible when she breaks into Eli Booker’s home and begins to feed on his dreams.

Unlike the normal dreams of girls, sports etc she dreams of murder with Eli and that dream comes true. Things instantly become complicated as Dusty with the help of Eli and her best friend try to use clues from Eli’s dreams to solve a string of murders.

This was a well written book. The connection between Dusty and Eli wasn’t instant and I appreciated that. Although Dusty was attracted to him she went her own way regarding relationships as well as Eli. I thought that this was important because it shows that Dusty and Eli could build into a relationship if the author chooses to. It is expected for them to get in a relationship but it may not happen; Arnett did a good job of leaving things open.

Dusty was too weak for me and she felt she could never do anything. I’m pretty sure we (the readers) will see her grow throughout the series but I seriously never heard a girl say she can’t every other page. Eli supported a lot once he stopped being a jerk.

This book gets a 8 out of 10. I look forward to the characters growth throughout the series and secrets Dusty will be learning hopefully about her mother (who is alive and kicking in the book).