I’m hosting an interview today with Rose Shababy, author of “The Blue Effect”. My questions are bolded, Rose’s responses are in regular font.
What’s the hardest part of being an author?
For me, it’s finding the time to get everything done. I’m indie, so I work a day job, just like a lot of indie authors. I end up working seven days a week a lot, just trying to keep up with everything. Oh, and the social media. I’m not normally a forward person, and “pimping” myself has been a struggle. I don’t always like to put myself out there, I’d rather have people come to me. If you like what I have to offer, great, if not, that’s OK too. It’s not my way to offer myself up unsolicited. I will say, however, that it’s gotten easier as time goes by!
Can you give us a short synopsis of The Blue Effect?
The Blue Effect is a story really about a woman who learns to love herself and finds the strength within her to be courageous and bold. Except everyone in the story is a superhero, each with different abilities. It’s a nod at one of my great loves, comic books/graphic novels.
There’s no spandex, however.
What inspired you to write this book?
This story started with a dream, which got me thinking about a book I read as a teenager called ‘Harry and Hortense at Hormone High’ by Paul Zindel. It’s about a boy who believes he’s Icarus. That thought led me to wondering what if there was a boy who believed he was a superhero and no one else believed it? And what if it turned out that he really did have powers? Of course, The Blue Effect is nothing like that original idea, but that was the genesis of it. It still has superheroes, and someone that vaguely resembles that boy, but that’s about it!
How many hours per day do you spend writing?
As I mentioned earlier, I work a 9-5 job as well, so I’m pretty busy. I probably spend a couple hours in the evening working on book “stuff,” which turns out to be so much more than just writing when you’re an indie author. I spend 8-10 hours on Wednesdays, and the same on weekend days, although I’ll admit to taking a day off sometimes. Even when I’m not working on book stuff, I’m thinking about it. It’s kind of an obsession at this point.
Name your top five favorite books.
What a hard question! It’s difficult to narrow it down to only five, but the ones that come to mind are The Stand by Stephen King, Watership Down by Richard Adams, Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean Auel and Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on the rest of the Renegade Heroes series, which is a trilogy. At least at this point. I have some ideas for “prequels,” but haven’t mapped out those stories at this point. The first book is written from the perspective of the main Blue Brennan. It gives the reader an opportunity to hear her inner thoughts and emotions. I thought it would be interesting to get the same depth and insight in other characters, so the second book is from the perspective of a different hero, Kasimir Korsak. His story will give us a more in depth look at his childhood than we got in book one. We’ll see him going through changes and confronting the ghosts of his past. The third book will be from the perspective of yet another character, Avery Anderson. We’ll meet new heroes in each book, learn the secrets to our heroes abilities, and find the answers our heroes seek. I won’t tell you anymore, you’ll just have to wait for the books!
I also have another book I’m hoping to release sometime toward the end of the year. It’s sort of a ghost story called “Shadows of Night.” We’ll see how it goes with the release date!
The Blue Effect
Author: Rose Shababy
Genre: Adult Urban Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Blue Brennan is jaded and bitter despite her pinup girl looks and quick wit. Night after night, she scours the Seattle club scene looking for someone or something to fill the emptiness inside.
When she meets the mysterious Kasey, her world stops… literally. He claims she has the ability to control time and stuns her even further when he reveals his own gifts.
Blue is inexplicably drawn to Kasey and reluctantly enters his world filled with a new breed of humanity. They’re misfits like her, blessed or cursed with powerful abilities, struggling to hide their differences from the rest of society.
Then the group discovers a nameless, faceless sociopath with nightmarish powers; and he’s coming for Blue. She’s left reeling when they discover her gifts are the key to defeating his terrible evil and saving them all.
Now she must race against the clock to harness her own powers and save her new friends. Can she be more than a renegade? Can she be a hero too?
Rose Shababy and her family reside in eastern Washington State. Rose grew up in the Northwest but swears she’s going to move to warmer climates someday. She’s claimed this for over 20 years, however, and has yet to move more than 75 miles away from her mother.
Rose has a deep love of all things Star Trek and yearns to travel the heavens, as well as an intense desire to be bitten by a radioactive spider. Unfortunately she sucks at science and math so she hasn’t been able bring her dreams to life, instead living vicariously through books, comics, television and film. She hopes to someday make a million dollars so she can afford to buy her way to the international space station, but she’d settle for being able to fly around the world and leap tall buildings in a single bound.
Rose also loves to cook and worked for years in a gourmet Italian grocery and deli where she learned to hone her skills. She prepares culinary masterpieces for her family, but fervently wishes the dishes would wash themselves. Especially now that her dishwashers/children are nearly grown and only one still lives at home.
Rose likes to use her free time wisely. For instance, she likes to daydream, will often read for hours until she falls asleep on the couch with an electric blanket and a warm tabby cat curled up on her hip, as well as spending cozy weekend days watching Syfy movies like Sharknado and Mega Piranha with her husband.
If Rose were a cartoon animal, she’d prefer to be a wise old owl or a sleek and sexy jaguar, but in reality she’d probably be a myopic mole with coke-bottle glasses.
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