The Blue Effect
A Renegade Heroes Novel
by Rose Shababy
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?
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He held out his free hand and I reached for it without thinking. Taking the hand of this stranger seemed like the most natural thing in the world.
Our fingers touched and my skin came alive. I felt a surge of electricity as some sort of energy shot from his hand into mine, running through my whole body and back to his like an endless circuit. I couldn’t stifle the gasp that broke through my lips. I stared at him, my vision narrowing until his face and eyes and smile were the only things I could see.
The energy between us exploded outward like a wave into the crowd, through the people and everything around me stopped. The music ended like a switch had been flipped, the people froze mid-step and even the air around me seemed to stop moving.
It is my pleasure to welcome Rose Shababy, author of The Blue Effect, to Room With Books.
Please tell me about The Blue Effect and what inspired you to write it?
The Blue Effect started with a dream. It reminded me a little of a book I read as a teenager called Harry and Hortense at Hormone High by Paul Zindel 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 seemed like a natural fit for me because I’ve always loved science fiction, superheroes, and the idea of what could be. I’ve enjoyed creating the world in The Blue Effect more than anything else I’ve written.
When you start writing a new novel, do you outline the story or do your characters dictate what will happen?
Am I a plotter or pantser, right? Well, I think I’m a little of both. I usually start with a central idea, a theme with some sort of general direction. I know I want to get from point A to point B, but sometimes the way I get there changes as I write. For instance, in The Blue Effect, Blue Brennan, the main character, ends up in a romantic relationship with someone other than who I’d intended in the beginning. As I wrote the story, I realized she was attracted to someone else and I ended up creating a whole new subplot that wasn’t part of my original outline.
Do you ever have arguments with your characters and who usually wins?
This question made me laugh. I’ve heard tales of other authors “arguing” with their characters but this isn’t something that happens to me. Rather, when I try to push my stories in a particular direction that’s unnatural for the characters, I find myself stymied. It’s usually pretty obvious there’s something wrong with the story and I have an awful time continuing until I resolve the issue. I’m happy to say that there weren’t many issues with The Blue Effect. The entire story is written from Blue’s perspective and she was so real she kind of wrote her own story.
What is something about you your readers would be surprised to know?
I’m super OCD and all this social media stuff kicks it into overdrive. Trying to get involved with people I don’t know, networking, talking to folks I don’t know in “real life,” it all scares the sh** out of me. I don’t know what I’m doing, I’m always afraid I’ll say the wrong thing, I’m afraid people won’t like me or my perspective. Or they won’t want to read anything I write. I mean, why would they? Who am I? Why should they care about anything I have to say? I’m just a girl with a dream. That said, I’m too OCD to give up on that dream, so I’ll just keep plugging away despite all the scary social media outlets and interviews and new people. I don’t really have a choice since I’m pretty sure this is what I was born to do. At least, I hope so!
If you could write with any other author who would it be any why?
Oh gosh!!! What a great question! I think I would pick Stephen King or JK Rowling. I’d love to be privy to the creative process of either writer, learn how they plot and plan, organize their thoughts, research. Stephen King is just so out there, and I get the feeling he’d be hilarious. JK Rowling wrote seven books with a central plot and created one of the most amazing worlds! I’d love to see how she kept so organized and managed to keep abreast of it all.
When you were little what did you dream of becoming when you grew up?
I always wanted to be a writer. I was very shy growing up and a little precocious. I was reading at a very young age, in fact, I can’t remember ever NOT being able to read and I can remember being 3 and 4. Shy and precocious plus being an only child meant I spent a lot of time inside my books. I remember the sad love of The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, the sweet friendship of Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel, the wonder of James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl. I think I’ve always been drawn to storytelling and the idea that I could make people, strangers, feel love or anger or sadness or anything at all has always appealed. To touch the hearts of others or inspire them seems like the ultimate profession.
What prompted you to start writing?
As I said before, I’ve always wanted to be a writer. I got a little lost along the path of life, the distractions of work and bills and children altered my course for a while.
A couple things happened that brought me back to the dream. The first was meeting my best friend, Jennifer Malone Wright. Circumstances forced us together, but my gratitude for those circumstances is boundless as they gave me the closest female friend I’ve ever had. As we got to know each other we found we had a lot in common. I think the friendship was cemented when we discovered we both wanted to be writers. That was many years ago and I’ve watched Jennifer work her butt off to achieve her goal. She’s been an amazing inspiration to me.
The second thing was my mother. She was picked up by Llewellyn Worldwide a couple years ago, fulfilling one of her own goals. I was so proud of her and she kept telling me that it was my turn but hopefully I wouldn’t wait as long as she did!
The final thing that brought me back to my dream was simply… me. I realized one day no one was ever going to come to me and say, “Gee, Rose. You’re a real swell gal, how about we pay you to write a book?” I realized the only person holding me back was me and every excuse I gave myself for why I couldn’t do it was just that: an excuse. I got out of my way.
What music inspires your writing?
It kind of depends on what I’m writing! I make mood playlists. I have one for when I’m happy, sad, angry, rebellious etc. I have a couple playlists I made for The Blue Effect that help set the mood. If I had to pick one song on that list that most exemplifies the character of Blue Brennan it would be Not A Pretty Girl by Ani Difranco.
What is your favorite breakfast? I like breakfast scrambles. Eggs, hash browns, cheese, bacon all mixed together. Yummmm
What is your favorite color? Purple
What is your favorite movie? I have to pick just one?? I can narrow it down a little… A Patch of Blue, Moulin Rouge!, Dogma, and I think the new version of The Great Gatsby gets a spot on the list.
What is your dream car? One that runs! Lol Seriously, though, I don’t really care that much about cars. As long as it runs well, gets good gas mileage, has a working air conditioner and heater and a decent stereo, I don’t really care what kind of car it is. I will say that I live in the northwest and we get a bit of snow around here in the winter so Subaru’s are pretty popular.
How can our readers find you?
My website: http://roseshababy.com/
My Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/rose.shababy
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Thank you, Rose, for your time and for allowing Room With Books to be part of your tour.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
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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