Friday, January 11, 2013

Wisteria by Bisi Leyton: Character Interview & Excerpt

Character Interview with Bach From Wisteria
This interview was taken before the start of Book One

Hello Bach.  Thanks for this chance to talk with you.  Tell us about your family.

I have two older brothers, a father and a step-mother. My father is the Sen of my clan or Pillar. He leads our clan of a million people and is one of the seven Elders who guide our realm. This makes my brothers Sen-Sons and we work with our father ensure stability on our realm.


So, you’re like a prince?

No, I am more like the son of a governor.


And what should we call your people?

The Family.


Don’t you have a real name? The Family kind of sound generic?

Almost no one knows the ancient name of our people because we  find names too sacred to just say.

It is hard to see how easily your people throw names around.


Well you can’t feel that strongly about it, since you told us your name.

Bach is not my true name. I just told you, names are highly sacred. Like most of my people, I do not go by my actual name.


What is your actual name?

(He pauses) I will never tell you that.

The last person to actually say it was my mother shortly before the Terran’s killed her.


I’m sorry for your loss.

 I do not need your pity.


Still, that must’ve been the scariest moment of your life?

I do not get scared. I suppose if you were  be caged and tortured by humans for amusement and shortly after those same human’s murdered someone  you cared about, you would be terrified.

While that was a terrible time for me, I was not afraid.


I’ll move on to my next question. If you could apologize to someone in your past, who would it be?

(He frowns)


Unless you have nothing to apologise for?

You are right. I have nothing to apologise for and if I did why would I tell you Terran?


Morning Person? Or Night Person? How do you know?

I am a night person. I find the darkness and cooler air better for contemplating.



What makes you happy?

I will be happy once my Great Walk is done.


The Great Walk?

It is a 1,000 day journey away from our home realm. It is a rite of passage teenagers take to see more of the realms around them and develop the skills required to live as adults. Mind was to come to Terra, or Earth as you call it and watch the zombie destroy your world..


Wait you want to watch us get destroyed? Do you even care about your own safety? Eventually the zombies will come after you.

First the infected don’t come after The Family, because they cannot sense us unless we let them. Second I can control them telepathically—if I wanted to. Third, I’m immune to the Nero virus, so their bite has no effect on me and finally, I am faster and stronger than any Terran which means,  I would be able to kill a zombie long before it was even a threat to me.


Why don’t you help the humans?

Why should I after what they did to my mother? The Terrans created the virus, so they should figure out how to deal with it or it will deal with them.


You can’t mean that.

Did I stutter? The Terran’s killed my mother. I do not care what happens to them.


Isn’t here a single human you care about?

There was this girl when I was younger... No, the Terrans mean nothing to me.


Is there a piece of advice that you have received that has really stuck with you? If so, what was it?

It was something my father said, “The Family and Humans can never commune. That was the way it was in the beginning and the way is shall be forever.”

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.” 


Book Trailer:


Bach must have blacked out, because the next thing he remembered was someone dragging him out of the quarantine center. After that, his next memory was waking up in a cell, handcuffed to a chair with no idea where he was. Too weak to break free, he tried anyway—to no avail.
A man in a white coat and one of the island’s guards walked into the room. Bach recognized the man in white from the school as Mr. Cheung, the mathematics teacher. Cheung walked up to Bach and injected something into his neck.
“What are you doing to me?” Back wanted to know.
“Just relax. This is going to keep you calm,” the teacher claimed.
“Is he secured now?” the soldier asked.
“He’s not going anywhere.” Cheung nodded.
The cell’s doors opened and Coles strode in with two more people dressed in white. One was Hailey’s father, Charles Davenport, and the other Bach didn’t know.
“What do you want from me, Coles?” Bach’s speech was slurred and he found it hard to think straight.
“This is the subject.” The unknown man walked up to him. “He’s stage three infected.”
“He looks remarkable. How come he’s not going crazy?” Hailey’s father asked.
“I have no clue,” Cheung replied. “Sir Charles, his blood work is clean, but when I looked at his DNA we realized there was something very wrong.”
“You saw his blood work, Tom?” Charles asked the unknown man.
“I rechecked it after Silas.” The other man nodded.
“Dr. Hindle saw the same thing that I did. He’s a post-stage three infected,” Cheung continued.
“What the hell is post-stage three infected?” Charles asked.
The teacher glanced at the island’s leader, and then at Dr. Hindle as if to say, that Charles was an idiot for asking the question.
“Stage one means he’s been exposed to the virus most likely bitten or has been kissed by someone infected. A stage one infected has no symptoms. Stage two, they get the fever and by stage three they’ve gone crazy and are dangerous to others.” Coles turned to Cheung. “There’s no other stage.”
“Well it looks like there’s one now,” Tom Hindle replied.
“Like I said, I have no clue as to what’s going on inside this boy, but it’s possible the mutation might make him immune to the disease,” Cheung said.
“At least that’s the theory. I’m pretty certain, but we need to do some more testing.” Tom nodded.
“You think we can get a cure out of this kid?” Coles gestured in Bach’s direction.
“If we’re lucky, we might get a vaccine,” Tom answered. “But he’ll give us something.”
“I cannot help you cure this disease which you gave to yourselves,” Bach seethed.
“We’ve a long way to go before we can even begin to understand what’s going on inside of him. Any talk of creating a vaccine is premature.” Cheung ignored Bach’s response. “He might not even survive that long.”
“You do know I can hear you?” Bach asked.
“I never trusted you, Bach.” Coles walked over to him. “There was something wrong with you. Doctor Hindle is going to figure it out and we’re going to unlock how you work.”
“Don’t provoke him, please, Major.” Charles signaled to Coles. “We don’t want him to become agitated.”
Bach lifted up his head and looked at the man while the room was spinning around him.
“You may be saving thousands of lives.” Cheung tried to reassure him. “You’ll save everyone, everyone including Hailey.”
“Leave her out of this,” Sir Davenport remarked.
“You do not know what you are doing. You could never help the people of this world even if you had all the scientists from before the outbreak working on this and someone gave you half a clue!” Bach seethed. “Greater men than you have tried to unlock the secrets in my Family and have failed. So will you. Your world is supposed to die.”
“You sound like you know an awful lot about this disease,” Charles Davenport remarked suspiciously.
“You know what I think?” Coles stated. “You’re scared and you’re trying to scare us because you think we’re a bunch of thirteen-year-old girls.”
“You’ve nothing to fear from me or these people. I give you my word, you won’t be killed. You will have to stay here, but you’ll be comfortable,” Cheung tried to assure him.
“So I am your prisoner?” Bach asked.
“You won’t be alone much longer, your friend Felip will soon be joining you,” Coles continued.
“No, he’s gone.” Bach grinned defiantly.
“We know. Blair saw him scaling the outer wall. We’ve got patrols looking for him. If we can find him, we’ll bring him back safely,” Sir Davenport added.
“You will not find him,” Bach stated.
“Then you’re going to be down here alone. It makes no difference to me,” Coles retorted and started to leave the room.
“Wait, Major Coles…Sir?” Bach pleaded.
The soldier paused to look back at him, still looking irritated.
“Let me say goodbye to my friends. I do not want her to feel I have abandoned her!”
“No, you leave my daughter out of this!” Sir Charles yelled.
“She’ll get over you, don’t worry,” Coles added.
“Wisteria, can I see her?” Bach ignored Sir Charles. “Please, I am asking you for a favor.”
Coles’s jaw clenched and he turned to the other soldier in the cell. “If he mentions her name again, I want you to cut out his tongue.”

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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