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


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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Hafsah is 20. She's a YA author, book reviewer, designer at IceyDesigns and cover artist for Spencer Hill Press. No, she doesn't have time for everything.
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53 Responses

  1. Zed says:

    That cover is very intriguing. Thanks for sharing (:

  2. Cait says:

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

  3. Dannielle says:

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


  4. Heidi D says:

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

  5. Danielle D says:

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

  6. Pili says:

    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!

  7. Matt Keenan says:

    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!!!

  8. Nicki Pau Preto says:

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

  9. _Sandra_ says:

    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. Ann says:

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

  11. Alexandra says:

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

  12. Krystal Larson says:

    I cannot wait to review this one myself!

  13. Giedre says:

    I can’t wait to read this book!!

  14. Ella Zegarra says:

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

  15. Jess W says:

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

  16. erinf1 says:

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

  17. almendra says:

    wuahahah love the cover …

  18. Kaniesha says:

    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~

  19. Gaby says:

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

  20. 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. Hannah says:

    Thanks for this awesome giveaway<3<3

  22. Desnica Kumar says:

    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. Brooke says:

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

  24. Nara says:

    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. Carl says:

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

  26. Andrea Rose says:

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  27. Brynna says:

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

  28. Tamara says:

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

  29. tawney bland says:

    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

  30. Christina T says:

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

  31. Say says:

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

  32. Nurmawati Djuhawan says:

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

  33. Stephanie W. says:

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

  34. Mary Preston says:

    Such a fascinating cover & story line.

  35. Katiria Rodriguez says:

    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. Natasha says:

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

  37. Joy F says:

    Books sounds good, thanks for the chance.

  38. Les Johnson says:

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

  39. January says:

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

  40. Callie Stuck says:

    I know someone that would love to read this!

  41. 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

  42. Holly Letson says:

    This sounds interesting.

  43. Kristie M says:

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

  44. Melanie Montgomery says:

    I love the cover Mindy, it’s perfect!

  45. 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!)

  46. 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

  47. Rabiah says:

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

  49. Batool says:

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

  50. Maria Fontes says:

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

  51. Somia says:

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

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

  53. mary ann says:

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

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