December 20, 2013

Emerald City Nights 101 with Jayme Beddingfield

The Death of Miss Mind Shift
Emerald City Nights 2
Jayme Beddingfield
Sky Portal Publishing
December 5, 2013
Fantasy - Superhero
After years of misery and evil doing, Ruby is out of Madison's crew. Ruby no longer makes a living out of others' misfortune. Ruby, Brody, and Darcy try their best to live as a family unit. During the day they act as the rest, working regular jobs and attending school. At night they disguise themselves as Miss Mind Shift, Captain Matter, and Serpentine. Known to the city as The Seattle Supers. 

It has been eight months since the night Madison and Julian disappeared behind the wall of fire. For eight months The Supers have spent that time defending the streets and stopping crime. 

Ruby continues to use her telekinesis, weakening her body every day. Her dreams and hallucinations are now much worse. Ruby knows she doesn’t have much longer if she keeps using her powers but how can she give up such a big part of who she is? When Madison returns with a bigger threat than could have ever been imagined can Ruby hang on long enough to defeat her?

I've been into superhero fantasy lately and though I love a great, flawed hero, I'm just as fascinated with their arch nemeses. I believe that villains are important in every story because without them, these fantasy books I so love to read would be as bland as cardboard. So when I came across EMERALD CITY NIGHTS I found it interesting that the "heroes" in this series are the villains we love to hate. I thought I'd pick the creators brain and find out more about this curious oxymoron.

Hi Jayme! Thanks for inviting us to join your tour. Emerald City Nights has such a unique and quite interesting premise. I'm sure you've been asked this a lot so forgive me for asking again, how did Emerald City Nights came about?

Hi Braine! Before I go on about my series I want to thank you for being part of my book tour. I’m super happy to be here.

No worries, I love getting asked this question. Emerald City Nights found me. I was chugging through the early stages of the series creation (it was much different back than) and as I was fleshing out the characters, scenes, and the story arc what the series is today slowly came to light.

We've read stories and are infatuated with anti-heroes and vigilantes, the moral dilemma they struggle with is the heart of their story. Now villains on the other hand is going far left, what was the thought process behind this move?

There wasn’t a real thought process behind it. It became obvious to me that Ruby and the rest of her crew were naturally inclined to use their powers for self gain once I got to know them.

I LOVE villains! How are your villains different and similar from the stereotype?

The best kind of villain in my opinion is one that is perfectly flawed and at war with their humanity. So, I’ve had fun exploring those types of characters.

So tell me more about Emerald City Nights as a series. The cover arts is very Manga, are the books graphic novels?

No, Emerald City Nights isn’t a graphic novel series they are just straight up novels. When I pictured what the covers would be like I saw them in anime.

Ruby is the heroine, or should I call her villainess, and she's Miss Mind Shift. Can you tell us more about Ruby?

Ruby is awesome, she will always have a special place in my heart. Writing Ruby brought me as close as I’m going to come to knowing what struggling with telekinesis feels like. Ruby, like so many of us wrestles with who she is and what she wants to be.

And what about this gang or organization she joined? What are they exactly and how are they like?

They were closest thing she had to a family. Ruby was homeless at age 13 and after a few years of living on the street she met a group of criminals—they all had powers of their own. Madison, who can conjure and manipulate fire ran the group making sure they all had plenty of jobs and more than enough of money coming in. Teaming up with them seemed like the right decision at the time. The series takes place almost seven years after Ruby joins up with Madison and her crew.

Back to Ruby, it seems like she had an epiphany in volume 1, is this the theme for volume 2?

The journey back from being so terrible is a long and uncertain road. In Volume 1, Ruby had an epiphany in a sense I suppose, she came to the conclusion that she didn’t want to use her telekinetic powers for self-gain anymore. Changing that aspect of her life is messy. Volume 2 has more of an emphasis on what a different lifestyle really looks like. Just making the decision to try and be a better person doesn’t mean that comes easy to Ruby. Like so much in her life, it’s a struggle.

After The Death of Miss Mind Shift, what direction is the series taking?

The world is constantly moving, each decision made creates a dormant chain of events. The story and symptoms of what has happened in the pervious volumes continues to take momentum toward the climax of Volume 4. In Volume 3: Trials of Serpentine, Darcy takes over as protagonist.

How many volumes are you planning to write for the series?

Emerald City Nights is a four part series. Volume 3: Trials of Serpentine will be out December 2014.

In Twitter style, why should readers give Emerald City Nights a try?

Climb inside the mind of a telekinetic villain and discover what it’s like to be one. It’s a trip.

Jayme Beddingfield studied creative writing at Brigham Young University. Originally from Northern New Jersey she now lives in Seattle, the city that helped to inspire her series Emerald City Nights. She lives with her husband, two children, five cats, and 2 dogs. Jayme has been writing stories since grade school and has been writing professionally for about four years. Having a broken laptop when writing The Adventures of Miss Mind Shift, Jayme wrote the entire book on her iPad. She uses Pathfinder character sheets as model for her character profiles and pathfinder style battle maps to build the battle scenes that are in the series. Her love for X-Men and Spiderman played a big part in inspiring the series. Her interests include reading (favorite genres are Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy, Superhero fiction, Dystopian, and Literary Fiction), comic books (mainly Marvel), video games with strong story lines (she will be forever obsessed with The Last of Us), tabletop games, post apocalyptic universes, and spending time with her family and pets.

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  1. Fantastic interview! And I agree that a well-developed villain is as important as the hero.
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Great interview. I really liked the author's response for villains. I love interesting and complicated villains.

  3. it's funny, I never would have guessed it's not really a manga.

  4. Wonderful interview and it is true we love to hate villains and actually end up loving them more. I loved Vampire Diaries character Damon but he turned sappy and now I am all like forgetta bout um'

  5. Wow, so fun. That was a great interview. This would be something totally different for me to read.

  6. I totally would have thought this was manga - which I don't normally read unless my oldest daughter cons me into it. ;) This sounds really great! I love villains too, and the MCs being villains...exciting! Thanks for introducing it, Braine!


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