I’m hosting an interview for the book tour for adult urban fantasy / scifi “The Blue Effect”. Enjoy.
Please tell us about yourself.
What’s to tell? If my life were as exciting as my books, I wouldn’t be a writer! Seriously, though, there’s not a lot to tell. I’m always super busy, but it isn’t very glamorous. I work a day job 4 days a week, usually spend the other three days working on writing stuff. Manuscripts, my blog, social media, the boring business side of being small business and being an independent author.
Which doesn’t mean I don’t ever have fun. For instance, just last night my husband and I went to dinner and a show with some friends. We pulled on our Tyvek suits and went to Evil Dead the musical, whereupon we sat in the “splatter section” (look for the pictures with the cast on my author page on Facebook). I can’t remember the last time we laughed so hard.
Tell us about your book.
The Blue Effect is my way of paying homage to science fiction and comic books/graphic novels. I love the genre. I think I like the idea of what could be, what might be, the
possibilities beyond what we know. I like the idea that we can be greater than we are now, that the sum of our parts can be something fantastic and fantastical. This book has superheroes, antiheroes, a maniacal villain, battles, humor, romance and, I hope, enough humanity for all of us to relate to the people in the story.
What inspired you to write The Blue Effect?
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 much time per week do you spend writing/editing your writing?
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.
If you could meet three authors, which authors would you choose?
Stephen King, because he’s so imaginative and prolific. I’d love to pick his brain and find out how he’s able to be so organized and motivated. J.K Rowling, simply for her world building skills and the scope of her story. I’d like to know how she planned the whole series, and/or if there was some real fly-by-the-seats-of-her-pants going on.
Finally, and I really had a hard time picking a third for some reason (probably because it was so hard to narrow the list down to three!), I’d go with Jean Auel. Her research is insane. I’d like to talk to her and learn about her research process and how she uses that information to inspire her stories.
What are you working on at the moment?
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!
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.