I was a bit precocious as a child, reading at a very young age, and an only child. My books were my best friends and I’ve been making up stories as far back as I can remember. I don’t think it ever occurred to me to NOT want to write. I’ve always described my thoughts as a play or movie I get to direct, and the natural progression of that is to put them down on paper.
What genre(s) do you write in?
Although I have manuscripts for a multitude of genres, I seem to always come back to science fiction
and fantasy. I really enjoy comic books, graphic novels, and Noir fiction. There’s an intrinsic need inside me that searches for a simpler world, one where heroes exist. Again, it was a natural progression for me to write those kinds of stories since it’s what I love.
What was the first book you ever wrote?
I wrote a book of poetry when I was around ten years old. I’d share some of it with you but I’m not sure what happened to it (maybe my mom still has it!). It was probably terrible, though! I continued to write a lot of poetry through my youth, and I still write poetry and prose fairly regularly. It’s a very open form of expression and I enjoy the depth it can bring.
What is your favorite out of all of your books, published or not?
That’s an easy question. The Blue Effect, hands down. It has everything I love in a story.
And what makes this your favorite? A certain scene, character, plot?
The main character, Blue Brennan, is near and dear to me. I love everything about her. If you ever
wanted to know about me, Rose Shababy, all you have to do is read her book and you’ll find me right
there, albeit a bit exaggerated. Her inner dialogue is mine, her fears and anxieties are mine, her hopes
and dreams are mine. Writing her was a catharsis, and gave me a new appreciation for the person I am. Through her, I learned to love myself a little more.
What is your daily routine when it comes to your writing?
I work a day job, so I don’t really have a daily routine. I try to set aside at least one full day on the
weekend to write, sneak in little tidbits at work, and occasional evenings. But I’m always thinking about my stories, no matter what I’m doing.
What is something that you struggle with when it comes to writing?
Finding the time, making the time, and occasionally organizing my thoughts.
What is your favorite thing about writing?
I like the creativity, how you can go anywhere, be anyone, do anything in a story. Whatever you want, you can make it happen.
Where do you get your ideas for writing?
All over, but almost all of them start with a question; What if… you can fill in the blank. For my book, Shadows of Night it started with: What if a man was trapped and injured in a small space. What would happen to his state of mind? Would he go crazy? The Blue Effect started with: What if a guy thought he had superpowers and everyone thought he was crazy, but in the end, they found out he really did?
Who is your author inspiration?
One of my biggest inspirations is also one of my best friends, author Jennifer Malone Wright. She’s one of the hardest working gals I know, and even though she doesn’t realize it, she pushes me to try to keep up with her. Not that I can, but I try!
What is your favorite book of all time?
Very, very hard question to answer, as I love many books for many reasons. If I had to pick just one book though, I’d probably pick The Stand by Stephen King. It’s an epic novel, with a plethora of characters and a graphic novel sensibility that I find strongly appealing.
Where do you see your writing career in 5 years?
I don’t think I’ll ever stop writing, but as far as a career, who knows what the future holds! My plan is to continue to write and put my books out there for readers. It’s more than a hobby, it’s part of who I am. If that brings about financial success as an author, I’d be thrilled, but I’m just as thrilled to write the stories and hear from the readers who like them, no matter the size of my audience. I do hope I’ll have at least the second story arc in my Renegade Heroes series finished in the next five years, and be working on the third. I have so much fun writing them!
A list of works~
Shadows of Night AMAZON
The Blue Effect AMAZON
Just that I hope you’ll give The Blue Effect a shot and let me know what you think!