Author Interview with Rose Shababy
I’m interviewing Rose Shababy, author of adult urban fantasy / science fiction “The Blue Effect”. Thanks for visiting my blog, and answering my questions, Rose.
1. When did you know you wanted to be an author?
I’ve wanted to be a writer for as long as I remember. It’s just one of those things that stick with you. I got a little distracted along the way, but I finally found my way back, and I’m grateful to have done so. It feels so much more authentic, so much more “me.”
2. Where did you get the inspiration for The Blue Effect?
The Blue Effect is my way of paying homage to science fiction and comic books/graphic novels, two genres I love, but it really started with a dream. The dream led me to 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 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!
3. What is your editing process like?
Oh, I’m terrible. I edit as I write, an awful habit. I’ve learned to curb it some as the years have gone by because it can be disruptive. To help alleviate the issue, I write down notes of the direction I’d like to see things go in my stories, specific pieces of dialogue I’ve thought of, scenes I’d like to see, etc., then I incorporate those pieces later. I’ll often read and reread chapters or scenes and tweak, over and over. The Blue Effect has gone through editing, front to back, a number of times. I’ve lost count.
4. What was the most challenging part of writing this book?
Some of the research was difficult because I was looking for information on dead religions, and concepts that are not common knowledge. I also started the book with a particular love interest in mind for the main character, Blue Brennan, but she ended up falling for someone else instead. I couldn’t help it, it just developed that way. As a result, the original love interest is not as present in the story as I intended. That said, the third book in the series is his book, so he’ll get his chance.
5. What are your writing goals for the rest of 2014?
I’m hoping to put out another book called Shadows of Night, sometime in November or December. It’s a creepy ghost story about a man who loses everything and has to find a way to survive.
6. Are you working on something now? If so, can you tell us a little about it?
I’m working on the second book in the Renegade Heroes series. This book will be Kasey’s story (another character from the first book). There will be a new hero, we’ll learn more about the other characters, someone will find a new love interest, and there will be a new super-villain. After that, I’ll begin work on the third book (the foundation has been laid, I just need to build it!).
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.