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

Posted by on January 13, 2014


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

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

  2. 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!

  3. 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! :)

  4. 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~

  5. 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! :)

  6. 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!

  7. 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 :)

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

  9. 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

  10. 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!

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

  12. 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

  13. 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!)

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

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