Friday, 11 January 2013

Author Interview - Bisi Leyton



Author Bisi Leyton:
Bisi Leyton was born in East London in 1978. She grew up in London, Nigeria and the States, listening to the stories life and love from aunts, cousins and big sisters.
She lives in London, but has worked around Europe including France, Germany, Ireland, Belgium and the Czech Republic. She has a fondness for reading graphic novels.




Tell us a bit about your family. I come from a large family with over ten brothers and sisters, but won’t tell you how many. I grew up in Africa, Europe and the United States, but I currently live in London and consider that home now.

What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why? There are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in your philosophy from Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

When and why did you begin writing? I started writing comics and magazines when I was 8, but my sister and I started writing novels when we were about 10 and 12. I did complete my first novel that year.

When did you first know you could be a writer? I suppose when I was a teenager. I’d just watched the film First Knight and that inspired to write a novel, I’ve not finished that particular novel, but that was when I realized I wanted to be a writer.

What genre are you most comfortable writing? Romance, I suppose it is because I am in love with being in love.

What is your greatest strength as a writer? Ideas, I love to make my stories as weird and wonderful as I kind. I’m pretty good at working twists and turns that the reader didn’t see coming.

Have you ever had writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it? The cure for me is to keep on writing. Eventually I push through it.

Who designed the cover? Olivia Smith, you can find more of her work here http://aivilo0.deviantart.com/

Will you write others in this same genre? I hope to write four books in total in the Wisteria Series and then do another paranormal trilogy.

How important do you think villains are in a story? Absolutely, I believe a heroine is only a strong as the villain she has to defeat.

Can you share a little of your current work with us? I’m currently editing the Aporia, the third book in the Wisteria series. Here is an excerpt;

Bach had never thought he would see her again. He never wanted to see her again. One thing he knew about Wisteria Kuti was that she was as complex, as she was self-centered and manipulative.

“Bach—” Wisteria started to say.

Bach was never going to let her in his head again.

“Enric, she does not talk to me.” He warned his friend. “Locate Lluc and get her out.” He hated her with everything in him. Seeing her again, just made him loath her more.

“Nothing would make me happier,” Wisteria smirked coldly.


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Wisteria by Bisi Leyton:

Sixteen year old Wisteria Kuti has two options—track the infected around the Isle of Smythe or leave the only known safe haven and face a world infested with flesh eating biters. But even with well-armed trackers, things go wrong and Wisteria ends up alone facing certain death, until she is rescued by the mysterious Bach. Uninfected, Bach is able to survive among the hordes of living dead.

Eighteen year old Bach, from a race known as The Family, has no interest in human affairs. He was sent here to complete his Great Walk and return home as a man—as a Sen Son. The Family regard humans as Dirt People, but Bach is drawn to this Terran girl, whom he has never seen before, but somehow knows.

Hunted by flesh eaters, cannibals, and the mysterious blood thirsty group called Red Phoenix, Wisteria and Bach make their way back to the Isle of Smythe, a community built on secrets and lies.


Praise for Wisteria:

“I love the buildup of this story, getting to know the characters and watching their connection grow. I had no idea which way the story was headed and I was kept in suspense right up to the very end! It has plenty of action and a fascinating plot and I can’t wait to see what Bisi Leyton has for us next!!” 

“There are a lot of great things in this book, so much more than zombies and a struggle for survival. At it’s base core it is about star-crossed lovers, literally and the supporting characters roles… Ms. Leyton brings to Wisteria a mixture of science fiction, fantasy, dystopic world with a twist to the paranormal romance angle!”

“The book was full of nonstop action from the beginning until the end, and I did not put it down until I had finished it. I loved the book.” 


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