I’m pumped for you to meet Mindee Arnett in today’s episode! Mindee is a popular Young Adult fiction author who has written two very successful YA series: The Arkwell Academy Series and the Avalon Series.
Mindee walks us through the process of creating lively characters, the realities of balancing finances and our creative pursuits, the pressures of the publishing world, and so much more.
Writers with a focus on writing young adult, this one’s for you!
What You’ll Learn From This Episode:
Mindee brings us behind the scenes in the step-by-step creation process of her books
- How to create lively characters and how to avoid creating dull ones
- How she uses Excel spreadsheets to help keep her organized during her writing process
How to flesh out the details of the world surrounding your characters
- Step-by-step process of how Mindee drafts her books
Learn More About Mindee Arnett
Mindee Arnett is the author of two young adult series: The Arkwell Academy Series, a contemporary fantasy, and the sci-fi thriller Avalon. Her debut, The Nightmare Affair was nominated for the YALSA Top Ten 2014 and the BFYA 2013. Avalon was a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year in 2014 as well as Indigo’s Best Teen Books of 2014. She has a Master of Arts in English literature with an emphasis in Creative Writing from Wright State University. She lives on a horse farm in Ohio with her husband, two kids, a couple of dogs, and an appropriate number of cats. When she’s not telling tales of magic, the supernatural, or outer space, she spends time riding horses and honing her first-person shooter gaming skills.
Mindee’s Recommended Books & Resources:
On Writing by Stephen King
The Anatomy of Story by John Truby
The Six Stage Plot Structure with Michael Hague