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Monday, January 21, 2013

Guest Post by author of Wisteria, Bisi Leyton plus $25 Gift Card Give Away

Guest Post by author of Wisteria, Bisi Leyton
Why I have to write Paranormal, Fantasy, Sci-fi or whatever they call it.

Absolutely no one has ever asked me why I write science fiction, but still I feel I should answer the question because I ask that to myself a lot.

1. I don't know anywhere

Growing up, I wasn’t allowed to go out a lot and I moved countries a few times, so I can't really say I know any one place well. Added to that I didn’t have that many friends, I was left with the ones I imagined. So as a writer, rather than try to blag my way through New York, Chicago, London or Albuquerque, I'd much rather create my own place, my own people and my own customs.

As a teenager, I ended up in a small town in Nebraska, but there’s no way I could write a story about a town of 5,000 because there isn’t a lot to write about. Don’t get me wrong peace and quiet are wonderful things for living, and for having time to imagine up very bizarre and shorting scenarios especially when the town had no mall, no cinema, two supermarkets, three gas stations and no partridge in a pear tree.

2. A part of me doesn’t believe in good people.

We are capable of doing good things, but people are also mean and horrible too. It just a matter of degrees and I love to write about messed up people who pronounce time and time again I am a good person.  I’m more fascinated in the person trying to improve themselves or come to terms with their limitations and often it takes an zombie attack or patch of winged demon-mermaid-vampire to help people come to terms who they really are. Then they try to be better people.

3. The Real World is Overrated

My imagination started to go crazy when I was twelve and realised that I could make anything I want happen as long as it was in my own head and also started reading teen novels. I'd read classics such as Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley High and the Fair Away tree and like a lot of people, I interjected themselves into the stories. In these tales, I was the centre of the universe and absolutely fantastic, but not having anyone to talk to about my fantasies and needing to, I figured writing was a good outlet.

Growing up, I was always wanted to be taken away from my life, but one solace I had was the writing. As my one escape from reality, I hope that somehow reading my work will provide my readers the same escape when they need a break.

4. Because I just do

This was what I was put on earth to do and it makes me happy.

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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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.


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