Friday, September 12, 2014

Rose Shababy, author of 'The Blue Effect,' talks about inspiration


Trying to explain where my story ideas come from reminds me of that song from The Sound of Music. The lyrics ask, ‘How do you catch a cloud and pin it down?’ ‘How do you hold a moonbeam in your hand?’ My ideas feel like that sometimes. It seems like I lose more then I capture. And even when I do, the end result is often nothing like my original idea.

The Blue Effect is no exception to that rule. I sat down and busted out five chapters to what was a completely different story before I realized I hated it. Every word I’d written sucked. So I started over, this time really focusing on the main character.

Something fantastic occurred. I began to connect to this woman, Blue Brennan, in ways I’d never connected with a character before. The lines separating us began to blur. All of her angst and drama and humor became mine, and vice versa. I soon came to love her brash ways and inimitable style. I love her smart mouth. I love her vulnerability and strength. I love her intelligence. I love her wildness.

Then one day, I realized that all the things I loved about her were qualities that I possessed. Things that I had looked at as flaws in the past became parts of me that I suddenly cherished. Through Blue, I found the ability to love myself. Oh sure, I still wrinkle my nose when I look at my butt in the mirror, but when had I ever stopped to appreciate the way I looked at the world around me or my tendency to say exactly what I was thinking?

I’ve never enjoyed writing anything as much as I’ve enjoyed writing Blue’s story. It’s a novel about superheroes, but it’s more than that. It’s really about learning to accept yourself and becoming the hero of your own story.

I hope you love Blue as much as I do.

The Blue Effect

Blue Brennan is jaded and bitter despite her pinup girl looks and a 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 on its axis… 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, each with amazing powers of their own. They’re misfits like her, blessed or cursed with powerful abilities, struggling to hide their differences while pitting their powers against injustice.

Then the group discovers the existence of a nameless, faceless sociopath with nightmarish powers, and his sights are set on Blue. But Blue and her unique gifts are not only his target, they are also the key to defeating him 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?

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The best debut novel I’ve read in years. Blue is the type of unique, honest, protagonist usually only experienced in Stephen King novels. The Blue Effect was part Fight Club, part X-Men and sucked me in from the very first chapter to the very last word. Powerfully written with a compelling plot and wicked antagonist. Couldn’t ask for anything more – except the sequel! – Robert Dugoni, NY Times Best Selling Author My Sister’s Grave

About the author:

roseRose 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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