Mind of the Beast
A Sundancer Novel, Book 2
by Brian & Juliet Freyermuth
Besides, with Thelma by his side, what could go wrong? She’s got that, umm … cute pink backpack of Voodoo magic. Of course it hurts that she manages to look good even when she accidentally conjures and gets possessed by a drunk loa. No, it won’t be at all distracting to have her along.
Since no good deed goes unpunished, a crazy man with starry eyes jumps out of the shadows at the victim’s apartment and pummels them. Their attacker doesn’t just beat them up but also infects them with some bad mojo that’s killing Thelma and making Nick angry … angrier.
If the trail to the suspect—the Green Man—is any indication, they’ll be killed before the poison finishes the job. The old gods are more dangerous than helpful. The Watchers—even the one who seems to have a brain—are always a hazard. And what’s with the all the minions? Who has minions anymore? Not to mention the rapid progression of the infection that quickly upgrades Nick’s condition to ‘blind-rage-filled.’
Why couldn’t Felix have just asked Nick to help him move?
Demon Dance (Sundancer, Book 1): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CA9IAOW
Mind of the Beast (Sundancer, Book 2): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MQ38D2Q
She shot him again, but he continued toward her. Two bloodstains formed on his ratty shirt. He swung at her, but she quickly shifted to the left.
It was my turn. I punched him from the side and sent him flying into the desk across the room. Sounds of the monitor shattering and wood splintering filled the air as I rushed toward him.
Another sound of gunfire rang out but didn’t stop him from getting to his feet. He barreled toward me like a freight train. The gunshots slowed him considerably, but it didn’t stop him. Pain radiated through my chest as his fist made contact, sending me into the wall between the two rooms. A crack traveled up the wall to the ceiling, and plaster rained down around us.
More shots sounded as I got back to my feet. Two more holes opened in the man’s shirt. He was almost to Thelma when I grabbed him from behind. I used all my enhanced strength to lift him and toss him toward the kitchen. His body flew through the open door, smashing the wood of the frame in the process.
On the counter was the third gnome, his hands covering his speak-no-evil lips. I grabbed it and swung for the man’s head. It contacted with a sick thunk, and blood splashed across the gnome’s face. The bastard wouldn’t go down! I snarled and swung again, but this time he grabbed my wrist in midair and twisted it before tossing me to the ground.
It is my pleasure to welcome Brian and Juliet Freyermuth, authors of Mind of the Beast, A Sundancer Novel, Book 2, to Room With Books!
What do you do when you are not writing?
Juliet: Thank you for having us. I must confess that I have an addiction to reading. I read urban fantasies, mysteries and romances, especially paranormal and suspense. Pamela Clare’s I-Reporter series is addictive. I’m anxiously waiting to see what happens to Vlad and Leila in Bound by Flames by Jeaniene Frost. I didn’t think I could get into werewolf drama before reading the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs. When I’m not reading I like to watch shows like Person of Interest with Brian and our son, Kyle. Our family frequently goes on nature walks with our dog, Layla.
Brian: When I’m not writing, I’m usually working my day job as a video game designer. In my free time, besides spending time with my family (and our dog), I like to read, play video games and get caught up with genre TV shows like American Horror Story, Sleepy Hollow, and Person of Interest.
Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
Juliet: Do I need to limit it to one? Stephen King has great character development, while tapping into your darkest fears. Agatha Christie made you suspicious of everyone and filled that need for a good mystery. I thought of both of them when I worked on Mind of the Beast.
Brian: The Great and Secret Show by Clive Barker and the Sandman comics by Neil Gaiman were both huge influences on me. I loved the thought that our mundane world has a darker, magical undercurrent that only a select few know about.
Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?
Brian: We self published Demon Dance. I was in the process of shopping it around to different publishers when three of our friends convinced us to try self publishing. It was the best decision we ever made.
Juliet: As with everything that happens, it came from an unexpected place. Mind of the Beast is the sequel to Demon Dance. When I went to edit Mind of the Beast, we decided to try an experiment. Instead of editing, where I just left notes, I rewrote sections. I was able to capture the main character’s voice perfectly, adding my own strengths to the novel. Brian loved it and we decided to go back and forth rewriting it until both of us thought it was ready for an editor. We had such a great time that we are working on Book 3 together. I absolutely love the freedom that being an indie gives us.
If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
Juliet: Time travel. It would be fun to see great historical events as well as find out what is in store for us. Of course there will be that temptation to fix a mistake in the past, even if it’s to stop myself from wearing a horrid looking dress to the 8th grade dance.
Brian: Flying, definitely flying. Either Superman-type flying or turning into a bird. I’m not picky.
What was your first job?
Juliet: I delivered newspapers to city hall, the police department and the surrounding area when I was in junior high school. It was fun to get up before dawn and go riding around on my pink Huffy before most people where awake.
Brian: My first non-paying job was working in my mom’s jewelry shop back in Manitou Springs. I’d help her string necklaces and pick out stones for the rings. My first paying job was in a computer repair shop in Northern California.
What types of books do you write?
Juliet: Right now, urban fantasy, but I’ve written horror short stories as well. I also have fun writing profile articles about people and their careers. I once wrote a profile article about anthropology for the school paper. I was able to meet several types of anthropologists, including a biblical anthropologist who travels to Megiddo every year, and a forensic anthropologist who is able to tell if bone was cannibalized by its markings.
Brian: I love anything fantastical. Fantasy, science fiction, urban fantasy, you name it. As long as the story has a sense of wonder and imagination, I’m interested.
Who’s your main audience?
Juliet and Brian: People who are a lot like us, we imagine, interested in mystery, fantasy, romance and adventure. They like to play video games, role playing games, watch genre TV like Firefly or movies like The Avengers. Secret pleasures might be the Princess Bride or old cartoons like the Tick (Spoon!). Mainly our readers enjoy books that are fun, exciting and action packed on the surface, but underneath have a deep meaning aimed at reaching their soul.
Out of all of your characters, which is your favorite? Why?
Juliet: While I absolute adore Nick, I’d have to say I have soft spot for Felix. He’s from the sixties, and he’s been trying to stay human by playing role-playing games. He also works at the only place a vampire might not get caught, the Medical Examiner’s office. My heart broke for him when one of his few friends died at the beginning of Mind of the Beast.
Brian: The main character, Nick St. James, was in my head for almost sixteen years. Finally in 2005 I decided to put his voice to the page, and Demon Dance was born. It was a little scary because I had him my head for so long, but exciting too.
What does your writing schedule look like?
Juliet: I write scenes in my head when I’m driving, playing Worlds of Warcraft or going on nature walks with my family. The best time to write in front of the computer, though, is when I first wake up, before well meaning inner critics fully wake up.
Brian: I work full time, so I need to schedule two one-hour flexible blocks during the day, one in the morning and one at night. I try to write in the morning, but if things get too hectic I can turn around and write at night instead.
Do you use your OWN experiences?
Juliet: I use the essence of them, if that makes any sense. There’s a scene in Mind of the Beast where Thelma is talking about her sister and nephew, two people who will be in book 4. When I wrote that scene, it was like I was talking about my sister and niece.
Brian: I write about things I can relate to, not really my experiences. It’s more about putting emotion into scenes that are similar to what’s I’ve experienced in my life.
Was it easy to pick the title for your book?
Brian: Actually, it was. Back in High School I wrote a horror novel named Mind of the Beast. In fact, this was the same novel I used to woo Juliet when we were seniors. The book never got published, but when we were trying to come up with the title for the new Sundancer novel, I thought back to that one. The title fit perfectly, so we named the new book, Mind of the Beast in honor of that first novel.
What profession you would choose if you were not an author?
Juliet: I’ve been told several times I should be a career coach. I like helping people figure out what they need to do to fulfill their purpose in life. Many times that purpose is related to their career, but not always. I think if you are going to spend the bulk of your life doing something, it should be something you love. Some people think being a game designer and a novelist are impossible dreams. They were Brian’s dreams when I met him in high school. He’s accomplished both.
Brian: If I wasn’t an author or a video game designer, I’d be a storm chaser. I love storms and have seen a ton of them over the years. I don’t think Juliet would like that too much, though…
Juliet: Definitely not! I’ve driven in front of a tornado once before, an experience I never want to repeat.
What are you currently working on?
Brian: Currently I’m working on the first draft of Book 3 of the Sundancer series. When Juliet and I co-write a novel, we both brainstorm and come up with the story beats, and then I work on the rough draft. It then gets passed back to Juliet to tweak, cut, and redo scenes. At that point it’s the “official” rough draft, and we can both begin editing.
Juliet: While Brian is doing his part on Book 3, I’ve been going through stories on our hard drive. I recently added Sliding Down to our website as a free bonus to our fans. I’ve also started another blog for people who are considering becoming writers called trustyoucan.com.
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Juliet: Strawberry with caramel topping
Brian: Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie
Night owl, or early bird?
Juliet: Both, my dog won’t let me sleep past 6:30 a.m.
Brian: What she said.
Red, or white wine?
Juliet: White but I rarely drink.
Brian: I like a good red wine.
Roller Coasters or Water Rides?
Juliet: Water Rides absolutely!
Brian: Roller Coasters.
Swimming in the ocean or a pool?
Juliet: Swimming in the ocean. I remember this one time when I was laying on my back just past where the waves crashed. I closed my eyes and felt my body rise and fall as the sun beat down on my face. Seagulls where nearby as they circled looking for food. It was heavenly.
Brian: I’m not a big water person, but I’d have to say the ocean as well.
Walking or fitness club?
Juliet: Walking but it has to be in the woods where I’m on a dirt trail and able to listen to the sounds of nature.
Brian: I like walking in nature too, but I also like working out with the machines.
Any last words?
Juliet and Brian: Thank you so much for having us. This was a lot of fun. Also, we’re adding another short story to the website before the end of the year.
Thank you both for taking the time to chat with me and for allowing Room With Books to be part of your tour!
After 18 years of marriage, Brian and Juliet Freyermuth decided to try something crazy; write a book together.
Brian’s writing is not limited to print. For twenty years he wrote and designed games such as Fallout, Star Trek: Starfleet Academy, Epic Mickey 2 and Lichdom: Battlemage.
Juliet’s love for writing began with a fourth grade assignment. She has been writing ever since. Her writing took a new direction when she enrolled in journalism and met amazing people. Whether it is an article about anthropology or a hero’s journey in a magical world, she hopes to inspire readers to new possibilities.
When Brian and Juliet aren’t writing, they enjoy reading, watching shows like Persons of Interest and going on road trips with their son, Kyle.
Brian and Juliet will be awarding a $25 Amazon giftcard to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.
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