Friday, August 15, 2014

The Blue Effect by Rose Shababy‏


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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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?


Q) What inspired you to write this story? 
The Blue Effect is my way of paying homage to science fiction and comic books/graphic novels. I love the genre. It 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, which got 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!

Q) How long did it take you to write? 
About 15 months total. That was after finishing, editing, editing again and again, reworking chapters, scrapping whole sections and rewriting and finally pushing it away and saying, “I’m done!” At some point, you just have to send things to your editor come hell or highwater!

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
I love building the stories in my mind, imagining what could be, but I think what appeals the most to me is the chance to touch the reader. If I can make you laugh or cry… well, I can’t think of anything more satisfying, especially knowing that it was me, Rose Shababy, that brought forth that emotion from a total stranger.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing? 
You have to be so organized! If you’re not, it’s really hard to write a book. The good thing is, organization can be learned.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why? 
That’s a great question and one I’m not sure how to answer. I guess I could pick another author I admire like Stephen King or JK Rowling so I could be inside their head and see how the creative process works for them, maybe learn a little for my own use. Or maybe I could pick a really bad person like Charles Manson so I would know what it’s really like to be inside the head of a villain. Or maybe I could get inside the mind of someone really notorious like Monica Lewkinsky or Mel Gibson so I could know what it feels like to come under fire and endure harsh criticism, thus preparing me for the reviews and critiques I’ll receive as a writer. I guess the final answer would depend on the moment the opportunity came to me and the mood I was in at the time.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it? 
I think there’s a bottle of homemade Kahlua in there that was a Christmas gift from 4 or 5 years ago. We don’t really drink Kahlua, but fortunately it doesn’t really go bad. I do have to add that I received another bottle the following year, so there’s a slightly younger, unopened bottle of Kahlua next to the first one!

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future? 
A lot! The Blue Effect is book one in the Renegade Heroes series. This will be a three book series. In the second book we’ll meet a new hero, learn more about other characters in the series, encounter a wicked villain, find love, adventure, conflict and action. It’s going to be amazing! I’m hoping to release it sometime in 2015. The third book will tie everything together. There is no time frame for the release of the third book at this time.

I’m also working on the finishing touches of a book called Shadows of Night. It’s a ghost story about a man who loses everything and has to find himself again. I’m hoping to release it sometime in November or December.

I have other stories in the works as well. I’ve been working on a time travel story, a YA series based on Irish folklore, a contemporary lesbian romance/drama, and a book about a young girl experiencing horrible bullying in school and her reactions to it. I have no release dates planned for any of these books at this time.

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