Monday, March 4, 2013

The Nightmare Affair Blog Tour: Interview w/ Mindee Arnett + GIVEAWAY

Hey guys! I'm super excited to be a part of this blog tour! I didn't have a chance to read this before the tour, but I'm definitely going to read it soon because it sounds amazing! Go HERE to check out the rest of the tour!

Goodreads rating: 3.86
Kindle Edition, 386 pages
Publication: March 5th 2013 by Tor Teen

Sixteen-year-old Dusty Everhart breaks into houses late at night, but not because she’s a criminal. No, she’s a Nightmare.

Literally.

Being the only Nightmare at Arkwell Academy, a boarding school for magickind, and living in the shadow of her mother’s infamy, is hard enough. But when Dusty sneaks into Eli Booker’s house, things get a whole lot more complicated. He’s hot, which means sitting on his chest and invading his dreams couldn’t get much more embarrassing. But it does. Eli is dreaming of a murder.

Then Eli’s dream comes true.

Now Dusty has to follow the clues—both within Eli’s dreams and out of them—to stop the killer before more people turn up dead. And before the killer learns what she’s up to and marks her as the next target.

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About the author
Mindee Arnett lives on a horse farm in Ohio with her husband, two kids, a couple of dogs, and an inappropriate number of cats. She’s addicted to jumping horses and telling tales of magic, the macabre, and outer space. She has far more dreams than nightmares.

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What is it like getting your debut novel published?
I really don’t know. Seriously, it’s like all of these wonderful, awesome, amazing things keep happening to somebody else. The past eighteen months (approximately how long I’ve been waiting for my debut) I feel like I’ve been living one constant out-of-body experience. Don’t get me wrong, it’s been completely thrilling and scary and a dream-come-true, but it doesn’t feel quite real yet. Maybe soon? Then again, maybe not. I’m okay with that.
Do you have any writing quirks?
I can only write wearing one sock, and I have to circle around my desk chair three times while burning incense before touching my computer. Oh, and there’s the sacrificed rubber chicken nailed to the backside of my desk. Can’t forget about that.
Kidding. I swear that no rubber chickens were harmed in the making of this book.
But for real, I don’t think I have any writing quirks. Then again what’s normal to me might be quirky to someone else. I do have a font preference—Time New Roman, 12 pt. And I pretty much never let anyone read something in progress, no matter how badly I might crave input or reassurance. For me, the first draft is a completely solitary—and completely freeing—act. Call it selfish, but that first draft is all about me, the story, and the characters having an extended holiday together.
How much research did you have to do for The Nightmare Affair?
More than you might think. Researching is both a brainstorming and procrastination exercise for me. Give me any reason to research and I’ll do it. I research everything from the meaning of names to the history of architecture. One of my favorite things to do as a writer is layering, and research is a key tool. But probably the thing I spent the most time researching was the names of magical spells. I wasted hours going over Greek to English dictionaries. Of course, I’m certain that anyone familiar with Greek will probably die of shame at my made up words, but oh well. I still had fun in the making.
What was the hardest part about writing The Nightmare Affair?
I might regret saying this, but I struggled the most with the romance. Romance is so hard. The romance writers of the world deserve special medals. And the funny thing is, I love reading romance, but writing it isn’t the most natural thing for me. Fortunately, I have an awesome editor, agent, and critique partners who have helped me iron things out.
If you could do one thing differently with The Nightmare Affair, what would it be?
Nothing, not one little thing. The book is far from perfect, but it feels complete to me. Sort of like a child that’s grown into adulthood and is ready to leave the house. And I’m okay with that. I live my life a bit like those sharks who can’t breathe while at rest—I always have to be moving forward and thinking forward. If I try to look back and rethink the past too much, I feel like I might suffer creative asphyxiation.
Dusty breaks into houses to invade people's dreams. Have you ever broken into anywhere?
Nope, not once. I save all my misbehaving for my stories.
Favorite book you've read so far this year?
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. This book was completely engrossing, and it gave me the worst book hangover I’ve had in a very long time. Fortunately, I appeased it with The Diviners by Libba Bray. Also a favorite read. And I’m currently headfast in love with Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor. It’s breaking my heart, but I love it.
Favorite food?
I have a regular need for sushi and a constant and unrelenting addiction to Mountain Dew. What? It’s a food. Mostly.
If you had a superpower, what would it be?
Flying all the way. I know there are a million other superpowers that would be more useful, like telekinesis, the ability to heal like Wolverine, or even the ability to teleport like Nightcrawler, but I’d be happy just being able to fly without wings. I’ve had reoccurring dreams about flying since I was a kid. And they always seem so real that when I wake up I’m certain I’ll be able to keep flying. But sadly, no.
Vampires, Werewolves, or other?
Vampires over werewolves for me, but I’d definitely have to go with others. I hear Nightmares are pretty cool…

Thanks for such a wonderful interview! I had a blast.


Thanks Mindee! I can't wait to read your book! :)


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3 comments:

  1. Great interview. Glad I'm not alone in struggling to write romance. But Mindee gives me hope because she does it so well. Loved The Nightmare Affair. I was lucky to get an ARC for my interview with her on 3/18.

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  2. Cool interview. Thanks for participating!

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  3. great interview. i don't know if mt dew is a food... :)

    i don't know what my worst nightmare is. you'll probably think i am crazy because i have all kinds of disturbing dreams all the time. i often have dreams where people are chasing/trying to kill me or my friends. those are probably the worst kinds. i know, i am sure i have issues. :)

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