February 21, 2013

Blog Tour: The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett – Interview with G!veaway

Thanks for stopping by for our Tour stop for

The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett

presented by Shane @ Itching For Books!

We’re so excited to have Mindee stop by the blog for a quick
Top Fav Q & A!

Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!



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


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.

add to goodreadsThe Nightmare Affair (The Arkwell Academy #1)
by Mindee Arnett
Publication Date:  March 5, 2013
Publisher:  Tor Teen

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Top Fav’s with Mindee Arnett

Top 3 Favorite snacks while writing and why:

First up is sushi. Why? Because it’s nom nom nom. I have a serious addiction. I use it both as writing reward and as motivation.

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 Esther Price chocolate. Esther Price is a speciality of Dayton, Ohio, my home town. They are unbelievably delicious. Seriously, I’ve had dozens of fancy chocolates in my life and none of them come anywhere close to being as good. Just in case anybody wants to send me some (wink, wink), my preference is the dark chocolate covered cherries. I use these whenever I’m despairing about the work in progress. Like Harry after a Dementor attack, these make me feel better.

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And finally, I have to go with good ole’ Mountain Dew. Alas, this is my bane. It has been ever since junior high. The sugar + caffeine = happy writer. I do try and limit this one, of course, but whenever I need a boost, this is my poison of choice.

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Top 3 Favorite books that inspired you to write and why:

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The very first book that truly galvanized my love of writing and storytelling was Shapechangers by Jennifer Roberson. I read this for the first time somewhere around the 5th or 6th grade and not long before I started writing short stories. This was my first foray into adult fantasy, and I fell head first into a deep and abiding love. Romance, magic, gut-wrenching story, this one has it all. And more importantly, it’s beautifully written. I rarely reread books, but I’ve read this entire 8-book series more than once. And I’m quite sure I will do so again.

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On Writing, by Stephen King is a continual source of inspiration for me. I’ve read it dozens of times, especially in those years when I first started to get serious about being a published writer. The first half of the book is King’s writing journey, everything from his hundreds of rejection letters for short stories to his first book sale. I dare any writer to read that story and not be filled with irrepressible hope about how your own writing journey will unfold.

If you can, get the audio version. King narrates it himself, and listening to it is like having your own personal muse whisper in your ear. Every time I would get depressed over a rejection or start to despair that I would ever breakthrough, I would put in the CDs and listen to it all over again. It never failed to rekindle my determination and hope. Oh, and there is a TON of solid writing advice in there, too (except for the part where he talks about word counts—ignore that part. 180k is waaaaay too long for a first novel.)

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Oh Harry Potter, where to begin. My love for these books (yes, all 7) is limitless. Like, On Writing, I have all of them on audio, and I listen to them frequently. I just can’t help myself. This is story at its best. Actually, in On Writing, King says, “The Harry Potter novels are just fun, pure story from beginning to end.” And Uncle Stevie is right, of course. Through Harry Potter, I’ve learned about the art of foreshadowing, weaving in subplots, and most importantly, the value of humor and whimsy. Not to mention characters to die for.

Top 3 favorite techniques to overcome writers block and why:

Before answering, I need to clarify that I don’t actually believe in writer’s block. I think it’s a copout that no professional anywhere should be allowed to claim. Could you imagine if a firefighter/EMT decided they had First Responder block? It’s absurd.

Anyway, I do, however, believe in story roadblocks and overall lack of motivation to write. My first way to overcome this is through free writing. I grab a pad of paper and pen—a computer and keyboard absolutely does not work for me—and then I start to write. Usually, I ask questions: What’s supposed to happen next? Why did character A do this? What’s his motivation? Then I set about trying to answer those questions. 99% of the time, if I’m stuck in a story, it’s because I haven’t spent enough time thinking about the events and characters. But this free writing activity always helps get me unstuck.

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My second method is reading. If I’m feeling unmotivated to write, I read instead. I know some writers who don’t read at all when they’re working, but I really don’t get it. For me, reading and writing are part of the same process, like inhaling and exhaling to breathe. When we read, we are inhaling story and creativity, and when we write, we’re expelling story and creativity.

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The other activity I partake in when I’m feeling stuck or unmotivated is watching movies and TV. I know that sounds insane, but I’m for real. Film is just a visual form of storytelling and not so very different from writing novels. And the nice thing about film is that the storytelling is boiled down to its very basic elements. If I find myself entangled in a complicated plot line, I can sometimes find the way out through film. Also, the very best of movies and TV can and should be inspiring. At least they are for me.

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Top 3 favorite movies of all time and why:

Picking favorites is really impossible for me. I love so many different movies and stories. And if you ask me this same question a few weeks from now, I’m liable to choose something else. But for today, these are my choices:

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I love Wonder Boys, because it’s a movie about writing and storytelling. It’s funny, poignant, and the cast is spectacular. It also contains one of the most important writing lessons I ever learned in the scene where Hanna Green (Katie Holmes) tells Grady Tripp (Michael Douglas) that his 2,000 page monster of a second novel reads “like you didn’t make any decisions. At all.” Poor Grady. I can relate, once upon a time. 

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So my love of Star Wars, A New Hope has lot more to it than simple childhood nostalgia, although that certainly plays a part. No matter how you might feel about what’s happened to Star Wars since the original film released—and trust me I’m no fan of the prequels—this first movie is about as close to perfect as any story can hope to be. It has it all: the hero’s journey, a dash of romance, action, high-stakes, good conquering evil. Also there are light sabers and blasters. Need I say more?

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While I love all three movies in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Return of the King, is definitely my favorite. This movie is the definition of epic, and it possesses the most important thing any ending should have—maximum payoff for the story-goer. The story and characters hit rock bottom, the very pit of despair, only to rise out of it. Good conquers evil, and all the various plot lines are resolved.

Top 3 favorite movie moments and whyP:

Sherlock and Irene Adler’s beg for mercy moment. Ah, this scene. To put it frankly, it might be the most sexy dialogue exchange of all time. The tension sizzles.

Every scene in Firefly.  I’m pretty serious here. There are so many funny and poignant moments, that I couldn’t possible pick a favorite one. Still, here’s one worth sharing:

Veronica Mars, Epic Love. Really, same as Firefly, I love pretty much every moment of Veronica Mars, but this scene between Veronica and Logon may be one of the most romantic and heartbreaking scenes of all time. I aspire to have such drama and tension as this in the romances of my stories.

Well, there you have it. And thanks so much for inviting me here. I had a blast!

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  1. Leah

    My worst nightmare ever involved losing the people I love. Felt awful when I woke up.

    By the way, I loved Veronica Mars and Logan! Kinda miss that show.

  2. jc

    I was at the airport waiting to check in and realized that I had left my passport at home. Never got on that plane, lol!

  3. Randi M

    I love what you mentioned about writer’s block! There’s no way I could go into a classroom, think “oh, I’m just not up to teaching today so we’re not going to learn anything today.”

    My worst nightmares are the ones where I dream about someone who has passed away because the dream itself is so wonderful getting to see and talk to them again…and then I wake up and remember they’re gone all over again.

  4. Ann S

    I had a nightmare that my teeth were crumbling. I was literally spitting bits of teeth out of my mouth. That probably means something, I just know it was disturbing and gross.

  5. I don’t usually remember my dreams or nightmares, but I do remember one. I was swimming in the pool and suddenly there were sharks all around me and they kinda almost eat me, but I woke up before they did.

  6. Angelica

    I used to have a nightmare of my biological Father kidnapping me, so whilst not a monster like nightmare it still scared me as I didn’t really know him. As a child that affects you quite badly.

  7. RIN

    Oh gosh, this one time when I was little, I had a dream where my family was being attacked by these evil, killer bat things. We ended up going in a tornado cellar to get away from them, but my dad died because he tried to beat them off as the rest of my family was crawling to safety. I woke up crying and it took me about 5 minutes to realize it was a dream.

  8. Shannon R

    Clowns have always figured into my worst nightmares. Clown spiders are even worse

  9. Tina M

    Someone broke into my house and was chasing me around the house with a gun..I started screaming and my husband woke me up..

  10. Vivien

    Losing my husband. It always scares the bejeezus out of me.

  11. Angela

    I remember a dream when i was in a car and people were trying to kidnap me/kill me and i was like crying. But i woke up so i never found out what they wanted.

  12. Thanks for sharing the interview. I am probably the pickiest eater ever. I have never tried sushi. I eat steak almost burnt, so I am chicken to try something like that. Anyhoo… When I was little, I scared of the dentist. My nightmare, he took out all of my teeth and chased me around the office with the tool.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

  13. Great interview! Thanks for participating :)

  14. Proserpine

    Hi! Thanks for this chance! I wrote in the rafflecopter widget but I will write it here too! Yesterday I was dreaming about my husband dying in my arms…He got stink by bees … Worse feeling ever….

  15. Imel Cullen

    my worst nightmare, when I see ghost, so made me scary and made me awake

  16. Kamla L.

    I dreamed that all my teeth and hair were falling out. Every time I opened my mouth a couple more would fall out all bloody and same for gobs of my hair every time I touched my head.

  17. Bonnie Hilligoss

    My worst nightmare is a recurring dream where I am going up a very steep hill or street in a car and it flips over backwards. As a result, I am not a fan of steep streets or the ascent of some rollercoasters. Thanks for the giveaway!

  18. I had a dream about a year ago about my kids being killed by my abusive ex. It still chills me when I think of it.

  19. Tania

    I was the only person and everywhere bloody faces kept appearing. The same face kept popping up every now and then, it looked familiar but I didn’t know who. The faces gradually came closer and when a hand reached out, I woke up. I couldn’t sleep after that and it was almost 3 in the morning.

  20. Lisa Vazquezanzua

    When I was younger I had a dream my mom passed away. It was the worst dream ever!Thank you for a chance to win your giveaway!

  21. Ailsa

    This one sounds interesting, I’ll have to look for reviews of it.
    In the summer I work as a lifeguard, and occasionally I have drowning nightmares, which suck!!


  22. Denise Z

    I love dreaming and have very vivid dreams. The worst nightmares for me are where I am on an adventure and right in the middle of the action I have to find a bathroom and I just cannot find it. Of course I wake up and take care of business, but then I cannot get back to the awesome adventure :P

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