#CelebratingDebutantes2013: Mindee Arnett (13 Random Facts + Giveaway)

Thursday, December 26, 2013

About Mindee Arnett

YA Author of THE NIGHTMARE AFFAIR, a contemporary fantasy coming March 5, 2013 from Tor Teen (Macmillan) and AVALON, a YA sci-fi thriller coming Winter 2014 from Balzer+Bray (HarperCollins). Represented by the fabulous Suzie Townsend of New Leaf Literary. Addicted to jumping horses and telling tales of magic, the macabre, and outer space.

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1. I hate peas. Seriously, just call me Patrick Verona (and yes that is a reference to the wonderful Ten Things I Hate About You)

2. But I love sushi.

3. I prefer eggs over easy. Or omelets. Eggs rule. 

4. My kids were born the same day, two years apart. Even more special is that they were born October 30, right in time for Halloween, my favorite holiday.

5. I've been through a genuine, make you-cry-and- puke gas chamber. It was super scary but sorta fun. Except for the mucous. That’s one of the unfortunate side effects of the gas: lots and lots of mucous. Gross.

6. I’m probably going to jinx myself with this one, but I've never gotten a speeding ticket. There have been several warnings, but no tickets. And considering I drive 400+ miles a week for my day job, that’s kind of amazing.

7. Yes, I have a day job. It involves having an active Secret clearance, which isn't nearly as cool and spy games as it sound. 

8. I used to write aircraft maintenance manuals as part of my first post-college day job.

9. I was horribly superstitious as a child all the way up to my college years (okay and maybe a little beyond that). I refused to play with a Ouija Board at a friend’s birthday party; I always knocked on wood; and whenever I was walking along with a friend and we got separated I would say “Bread and Butter” when we came back together. Oh, and I absolutely refused to sleep with a closet door open. That last one remains true to this day. 

10. I have occasionally had prophetic dreams. In one instance I dreamed I went to a friend’s birthday party that I hadn't seen in several years. The invitation to said party came the very next day.

11. I’m terrified of clowns. I can attribute this fear directly to watching Tim Curry in IT. Seriously, there’s nothing scarier.

12. Speaking of scary, the first scary movie I ever watched (and still love) was an old Disney flick called Watcher in the Woods, starring Betty Davis. It’s really tame by today’s standards, but the effects and weirdness is still awesome. Also, I was like 8 the first time I saw it. You’d be scared, too.

13. My first horror movie experience was the very first Friday the Thirteenth. I was 11 or 12 and seeing it actually scarred me for life. I’d never seen any horror films before when my friend’s older brother decided to put in the VHS while I was hanging out at their house. I made it up until Freddy drags the girl up the wall and then I booked it out of there, completely terrified. So much so that I didn’t sleep by myself for three weeks after that. Thank goodness for a sympathetic older sister. This experience was so traumatic I refused to watch any Freddy movies for the next twenty years or so. I did finally revisit the original about a year ago. Totally not scary anymore. But I’ll always have those first memories.


The Nightmare Affair (The Arkwell Academy, #1)
Title: The Nightmare Affair (The Arkwell Academy #1)
Author: Mindee Arnett
Publisher: Tor Teen
Date of Publication: March 5, 2013

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.

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Thank you Mindee for celebrating your debut year with us! Come back tomorrow here at Oops! I Read A Book Again as Lindsay Ribar visits us! Now, go on to Michelle's blog for her feature on Rachel Waxman!

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  1. Ahhhh I saw Watcher in the Woods at my friend's sleepover party in 4th grade and thought it was SO SCARY! I don't remember much about it, which makes me want to see it again (and laugh at how non-scary it probably is haha).

    That is so weird and awesome about your kids' birthdays too! How fun! Do they ever mind sharing their birthday with each other? :P

  2. I have to say, I can't wait to read this book!!!!

  3. Hell YES to The Watcher In The Woods!!! The movie is awesomely creepy and the book is good too.

  4. I hate peas too, but other than that, we don't seem to have much in common. :P

  5. I hate peas too! I like the summary! Can't wait to read it!


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