Q&A with Mindee Arnett, Author of AVALON, Plus Giveaway

Avalon

We’re thrilled to be on the blog tour for Mindee Arnett, and her latest book, AVALON, hosted by the amazing duo over at Rockstar Book Tours. Avalon hits shelves on January 21st with its hot cover from HarperTeen. Here at IceyBooks, we’re excited to start reading!

AvalonIceyBooks: AVALON is your second series. Can you tell us a little bit about how it differs from your debut, THE NIGHTMARE AFFAIR?

Mindee Arnett:
Sure. On a surface level the two series seem about as different as night and day. The Nightmare Affair is a contemporary fantasy/paranormal with a female protagonist, and it’s written in the first person point of view. Avalon, on the other hand, is a sci-fi thriller with a male protagonist, and it’s written in the third person limited. Structure wise, TNA is a fairly standard mystery and detective story, albeit with magic. Avalon on the other hand is an adventure and a bit of a pot-boiler Things start out rough for Jeth and his crew and just get worse from there.

However, that said I think there are a lot of similarities between the two series. There’s some humor and snarky dialogue in both, and lots of action. Avalon has a darker tone, but it has plenty of the same fun that exists in TNA woven through it, too.

IceyBooks: Many novels are inspired by one sentence or question, was there one that sparked AVALON?

Mindee Arnett: There wasn’t a specific spark, other than my love and despair over the way Firefly ended. But there was a catalytic moment—the first time I heard someone discuss the ideas about dimensions contained in the book Flatland. To be honest, I’ve never read the book, but the discussion alone was enough to set my mind on fire with ideas for my little sci-fi book.

IceyBooks: What were your first thoughts when you saw the cover for your debut?

Mindee ArnettThe cover is perfect. The cover designer, Jenn Rush, actually posted this picture on Twitter, and the minute I saw it, I knew I had to have it. The girl is exactly how I pictured Jenna. I messaged my editor, who had already seen it and thought the same thing, and all of a sudden, we had a cover.

IceyBooks: Do you have a favorite line that was removed from the original draft of AVALON?

Mindee Arnett: Sadly no. The only real change that had any impact was that the ship in the story was originally called Eden, but we changed it to Avalon during edits. It took me a while to get used to but now I love the change.

IceyBooks: Say AVALON is being adapted to a movie – who would portray your main character?

Mindee Arnett: Well, the plan is for the Doctor to fly the TARDIS back in the time, kidnap a young Nathan Fillion, and then bring him forward in time…just kidding. The true answer is I’m not sure. Jeth is so near and dear to my heart, I have a hard imagining anyone playing him.

IceyBooks: Give us the three:
Movies you can’t wait to see:

Mindee Arnett:
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Jupiter Rising
Interstellar 

IceyBooks: Random facts about you

Mindee Arnett:
If I’d been born a boy, my name would’ve been James Martin Gaver III
I’m really glad I was born a girl. Girls rule. Go girl power.
My daughter is named after a character in Firefly (Inara)

IceyBooks: Books you can’t wait to read:

Mindee Arnett:
Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor
Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
The Raven Cycle Book 3 by Maggie Stiefvater

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.

Thanks to Mindee, we’ve got 2 SIGNED copies of AVALON to give away!

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53 Comments

  1. Reply

    Zed

    January 13, 2014

    That cover is very intriguing. Thanks for sharing (:

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    Cait

    January 13, 2014

    Awesome interview! I’ve seen Avalon going around the blogosphere a bit and I’m totally interested to read it. :)

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    Dannielle

    January 13, 2014

    Thank you Mindy for the chance to win. I’ve been wanting to read this book :D

    -Dannielle

  4. Reply

    Heidi D

    January 13, 2014

    I’m really looking forward to reading this. I’m fascinated with books told from a male perspective. Great giveaway. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Reply

    Danielle D

    January 13, 2014

    I’ve been hearing lots of good things about this story! Thanks for this chance to win!

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    Pili

    January 13, 2014

    Great interview! I cannot wait to read Avalon, and now I’ll keep on trying to match the Avalon crew to the Serenity one!
    It’s so cool that you named your daughter Inara, such a gorgeous name and strong character!

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    Matt Keenan

    January 13, 2014

    Mindee, I I am in love with the thrills of the books you write! They’re attention-grabbing, creepy, perfect etc. Can’t wait to read the next AVALON book!!!

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    Nicki Pau Preto

    January 13, 2014

    I have been wanting to read this book ever since I saw that wicked-awesome cover!!! Thanks for the giveaway!!

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    _Sandra_

    January 13, 2014

    Super excited for this one! Absolutely love the cover and synopsis of the book. Great interview, we have the same most anticipated books in 2014. Mindee. :) Thanks for a chance to win it! :)

  10. Reply

    Ann

    January 13, 2014

    Enjoyed the interview! The cover looks pretty cool! =D

  11. Reply

    Alexandra

    January 13, 2014

    I can’t wait to read this! :D I love the cover & the synopsis sound great! Thanks for the giveaway!

  12. Reply

    Krystal Larson

    January 13, 2014

    I cannot wait to review this one myself!

  13. Reply

    Giedre

    January 13, 2014

    I can’t wait to read this book!!

  14. Reply

    Ella Zegarra

    January 13, 2014

    I love the cover, too. It’s so interesting

  15. Reply

    Jess W

    January 13, 2014

    Love the cover!
    Sounds like a great read :)
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  16. Reply

    erinf1

    January 13, 2014

    congrats to Mindee on the new release! it looks and sounds awesome!!

  17. Reply

    almendra

    January 13, 2014

    wuahahah love the cover …

  18. Reply

    Kaniesha

    January 13, 2014

    I’ve been interested in this one since I first saw the cover! Ahh I think most people in the world are waiting for Dreams of Gods and Monsters!! I really hope to read Avalon and The Nightmare Affair this year! Thanks for the giveaway~

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    Gaby

    January 13, 2014

    Wow, this sounds pretty cool!! I’ll add it to my list for sure!!

  20. Reply

    Vannah Batista

    January 13, 2014

    I have been WAITING SO LONG to read this book! I was lucky enough to get an eARC, but I loved the cover and wanted to wait until I had a physical copy to read it! :) Thanks for the awesome giveaway! :)

  21. Reply

    Hannah

    January 13, 2014

    Thanks for this awesome giveaway<3<3

  22. Reply

    Desnica Kumar

    January 13, 2014

    The cover is awesome! Definitely has me intrigued to see whats inside…I can’t wait for a chance to read Avalon!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  23. Reply

    Brooke

    January 13, 2014

    I love Sci Fi!!! And that cover…LOVE IT!

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    Nara

    January 13, 2014

    haha I love the name Mindee would’ve been given if she’d been a boy :P
    And definitely looking forward to Dreams of Gods and Monsters and Ruin and Rising too!
    Thanks for the giveaway :)

  25. Reply

    Carl

    January 13, 2014

    Like everyone says, that cover is great. Glad to hear the snarky dialogue continues, I’m looking forward to your new series. Thanks.

  26. Reply

    Andrea Rose

    January 13, 2014

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  27. Reply

    Brynna

    January 13, 2014

    I agree with everyone else! I’ve been looking forward to reading this one for awhile now and that cover is AMAZING!

  28. Reply

    Tamara

    January 13, 2014

    I can’t wait to read this and the cover is gorgeous!

  29. Reply

    tawney bland

    January 13, 2014

    Great interview Mindee! I love that you named your daughter after Firefly. I loved Firefly and so glad I wasn’t the only one despairing over it’s ending. I love the TARDIS mention but which Doctor would you have? HeeHee. I can’t wait for this book!!!!! yay

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    Christina T

    January 13, 2014

    Can’t wait to read Avalon it sounds like an amazing read and the perfect scifi book to start 2014 with :)

  31. Reply

    Say

    January 14, 2014

    Love the cover!! I cant wait for this book! Thanks for the giveaway.

  32. Reply

    Nurmawati Djuhawan

    January 14, 2014

    i want to win AVALON..
    thx u for the chance Mindee ^^

  33. Reply

    Stephanie W.

    January 14, 2014

    Great interview! I’ve been dying to read this one! Thanks for the awesome giveaway! :)

  34. Reply

    Mary Preston

    January 14, 2014

    Such a fascinating cover & story line.

  35. Reply

    Katiria Rodriguez

    January 14, 2014

    Ohh I’ve been dying to get my hands on this book for a long time now the cove is just Awesome! Thnak you for the great giveaway!

  36. Reply

    Natasha

    January 14, 2014

    I can’t wait to read Avalon!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  37. Reply

    Joy F

    January 14, 2014

    Books sounds good, thanks for the chance.

  38. Reply

    Les Johnson

    January 15, 2014

    The cover is amazing and the book sounds like such a good read. Can’t wait to read it!!

  39. Reply

    January

    January 15, 2014

    I haven’t read The Nightmare Affair yet, but I really love the premise! This one sounds great too! Thanks for sharing! :D

  40. Reply

    Callie Stuck

    January 15, 2014

    I know someone that would love to read this!

  41. Reply

    Danielle @ Ladybug Literature

    January 17, 2014

    I have been admiring and wondering about Avalon since around September of last year when I first heard about it. I read the synopsis on Goodreads and was anxious to read it as soon as I could. I love that Firefly may have spurred this book into existence :D

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    Holly Letson

    January 18, 2014

    This sounds interesting.

  43. Reply

    Kristie M

    January 18, 2014

    Great Interview! I love the cover, this sounds so good. Thank you for the chance.

  44. Reply

    Melanie Montgomery

    January 19, 2014

    I love the cover Mindy, it’s perfect!

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    Katelynn @ Unlucky Primes

    January 19, 2014

    I’ve been intrigued by this book since I read the synopsis. But after this interview I think I’m even more excited! Mentions of Firefly and a young Nathan Fillion… I’m in! (Also, I love that the author and I are basically on the same page about anticipated movies and books. I feel like this bodes well for my enjoyment of this release!)

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    Shannon @ Novel Reflection

    January 21, 2014

    I’ve been quite curious about Avalon! Love me some Sci-Fi and the synopsis has had me watching out for this one for quite a while. Nice to see it being released today~ :D

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    Rabiah

    January 22, 2014

    I was lucky enough to get the chance to read an eGalley of Avalon, and I loved it! Thanks for the amazing giveaway :D

  48. Reply

    Hawwa @ It Was Lovely Reading You

    January 22, 2014

    I HAVE HEARD SO MUCH ABOUT THESE BOOK. *grabby hands* thanks for the giveaway!!

  49. Reply

    Batool

    January 22, 2014

    This sounds awesome! Can’t wait to read it :)

  50. Reply

    Maria Fontes

    January 23, 2014

    I’m really looking forward to reading this book-it sounds really amazing! So *fingers crossed* and hope I can win it! ;)

  51. Reply

    Somia

    January 24, 2014

    I’ve heard a lot about this book and I really want to read it. Thanks for the interview and giveaway ^^

  52. Reply

    Sassy @ My Never Ending Pile

    January 25, 2014

    Nice interview. This one has caught my eye a number of times and sounds truly fantastic!

  53. Reply

    mary ann

    January 25, 2014

    thanks for the chance to win!:)) Love the cover and ca’t wait to read it!

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