Summer of Series: Mindee Arnett Interview & Giveaway

You guys! I have adored everything Mindee has written, so I am so excited to have her on the blog today!

The Nightmare Charade
third in the The Arkwell Academy series
To be published August 4, 2015 by Tor Teen
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The final installment in a thrilling fantastical mystery series.

Sixteen-year-old Dusty Everhart breaks into houses late at night, but not because she’s a criminal. No, she’s a Nightmare. Literally. Dusty is a magical being who feeds on human dreams.

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, not to mention the crazy events of the past year. Dusty may have saved the day, but there are many days left in the year, and with an old foe back to seek revenge, she'll need all her strength to defeat him and save her friends.

Mindee Arnett thrills again in this stunning final installment in the Arkwell Academy series.
Hello Mindee! Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today! I’m really excited to have you because I loved The Nightmare Affair so much!
Thanks for having me. I’m so happy to be here!

Describe The Arkwell Academy in a tweet! 140 characters or less. No cheating or the Twitter Gods are going to get you.
Girl and her boyfriend solve mysteries through dreams and magic.

What has been your favorite part of writing The Arkwell Academy?
This is going to sounds strange, but my favorite part was actually ending it. Or maybe I should say—getting to end it. So many book series don’t get the chance to end, but I was very fortunate. Not only did I get to end my series, but I got to do so in the way I wanted. There’s a deep satisfaction in bringing these characters to a close. I think readers of the first two books will be happy.

Did you always plan for The Arkwell Academy to be a series? How did it take
shape in your mind?
I didn’t actually plan a series. I was hopeful that it might become one, but there was no guarantee. The Nightmare Affair was my first published book, and at the time all I was prepared to be satisfied with just the one book. Lucky for me though, Tor Teen asked for three. So as soon as the book was accepted for publication, I began to make official plans for the sequels. Fortunately, I had laid a lot of threads in the first book that I was able to pick up for the sequels. That’s how I write all my books, dropping in certain details here and there that I can pick up later if the opportunity arises.

Book three, The Nightmare Charade, is almost upon us! Can you tell us anything
about it?
At the start of The Nightmare Charade Dusty is back at Arkwell from a summer-long vacation in Europe with her mother. She hasn’t heard from Eli in weeks, thanks to efforts from her mother and the magickind government to keep them apart. But once they’re both back on campus, nothing can stop them from reuniting. They meet, planning to make up for lost time, but right away they are interrupted by the magickind police who need their help tracking down a lost magical object, the deadly and dangerous Death’s Heart. The search starts them on a perilous journey where they will face enemies both new and old, and where their desire to be together will be challenged at every turn.

What is the most interesting thing you have Googled in the name of research?
As readers of the Arkwell Academy series know, there’s a connection to the King Arthur myths in my books. So I did a lot of research into the Arthur stories. That by itself isn’t very interesting, but in my research I discovered that in some of the stories Arthur and Merlin commit infanticide in their attempt to stop Mordred from coming to power. This was a real eye-opener for me. Usually, Arthur is considered a hero, but that’s some pretty villainous actions he’s taking right there. Although I don’t
reference the infanticide lore in my books, the idea of it definitely influenced me. A lot of Dusty’s story is about turning good and evil on its head, and asking the question of what makes someone good or bad and everything in between

What is one series you would recommend to readers?
Gates of Thread and Stone series by Lori M. Lee. It’s a wonderful fantasy with a kickass heroine. Kai is funny and fierce.

Thor, Iron Man, or Captain America? GO!
This is sooooo not fair. Can’t I have them all? Actually, I have a really hard time picking between Thor and Cap. I love them both. But I guess if I had to choose only one, I would go with Thor. Demi-god for the win! __________________________________________________________________________________


Tor is kind enough to be giving away the full Arkwell Academy trilogy!

All entrants must be 13 years or older and this giveaway is open to the US and Canada only.

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  1. Great interview! It was really entertaining. I have to agree with the choice of Thor, but I am curious, Lili. Which would you choose? Awesome giveaway, too. Sadly, I have the first two books with book 3 already ordered.
    Tammy @ Bo's Book Nook

    1. You'll discover who I choose at our end of summer wrap up on September 15th ;)

  2. Awesome interview! I was really surprised that she googled stuff about Merlin and Arthur (that's a really interesting subject for me)!