I’m hosting a guest post today for the book tour for adult urban fantasy / scifi “The Blue Effect”. I’ll let the author have the word now, and I hope you enjoy the guest post.
I’ve been doing a lot of interviews and guest blogs as I’ve been getting ready for the release of my debut novel, The Blue Effect, and I’ve noticed there are some stock questions most people ask.
One question I’ve encountered a lot is, ‘why did I pick this genre?’ (Science fiction/fantasy, if you didn’t already know!)
This seemed like hard question to answer. At least it did until this morning when I found myself reminded of something that happened at my day job not long ago (yes, I still work a day job, but I’m hoping y’all will buy enough copies of my book to let me off the hook!).
I wear a lot of superhero t-shirts. Not to mention my first love, Star Trek. I’ve loved all that nerdy stuff since before it was cool to love it.
And I take a little heat for it sometimes. It’s good-natured most of the time, but I know the guys at work really do think I’m a weirdo.
“There it is!” one of the guys crowed one day as he pointed at my shirt with a Star Trek emblem. He held up a hand and attempted to situate his fingers into a Vulcan greeting. “Long life or whatever,” he smirked.
“Live long and prosper,” I corrected him with a roll of my eyes.
“Why do you wear that stuff anyway?” he asked. “Don’t you feel silly?” His buddy snickered.
“No,” I answered and pointed at his t-shirt with a bird-like logo. “What’s on your shirt?”
He looked down. “I don’t know.”
“You don’t know?” I stared at him. “You’re a walking advertisement for something and you don’t know what it is?”
He shrugged. “So?”
“So?” I squeaked in astonishment. “Do you wear shirts with sports teams on them?”
“So, what’s so different about my Star Trek shirt?” I asked. “In fact, the way I see it, my Star Trek shirt is far superior.”
He laughed. “Why?”
“Because,” I answered tartly. “At least my shirt stands for something. It means I believe in a future where hunger and poverty have been eliminated. The pursuit of knowledge is the highest ideal. Everyone has the opportunity to become what they should be. Star Trek represents a brighter future. You don’t even know what your t-shirt advertises and you think I’m the weirdo?”
He stared, speechless, as I finished my tirade. I waited for a moment to make sure he had nothing left to say before I walked away.
I believe that’s the real answer to the question, why this genre? Deep down, I’m an optimist.
Oh sure, I pretend to be a hot mess, obsessing over little details, fighting a sense of doom when I look at the world around me, freaking out over spiders and insane imaginings, often brought to tears by Hallmark commercials.
If you dig underneath all that, deep, deep down, you’ll find a hopeful person. Someone who believes there are others striving to make the world a better place, someone who hopes we will get past the barbarism of this nuclear age, someone who strives every day to be better than she was the day before.
And I’ll continue to be an idealist, believing and hoping and striving. Make fun of my Star Trek, I don’t care. Tease me about my Wonder Woman shirt, so what. Laugh at my idealism, I’ll just shrug it off.
After all, it sure beats the alternative.
About The Book
Title: 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.
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