Character Interview: Zahara Bakur from “Reborn City”

Posted: October 2, 2013 in Character Interviews, Novel, Writing
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Reborn City

Last night I announced that Reborn City, my first published novel and the first novel in the Reborn City series, would be coming out on November 1st. I also said that I would be doing a lot of advertising to get people’s excitement for this book up. Among the advertising, I’m doing interviews with some of the characters from Reborn City, just so you can get to know them before you meet them in the actual book.

So without further ado, I would like to introduce you to Zahara Bakur!

Notes and Stats:
Age: 15
Race/Ethnicity: Arab
Birthday: August 31
Eye color: Brown
Hair color: Bleached blond (originally brown)
Religion: Sunni Muslim
Affiliation: West Reborn Hydras
Special Powers/Abilities: None
Notes from the Author: When I first created Zahara, she wasn’t the main character and she had a different personality. However as I planned out the story, picking and choosing elements and the events that would happen, she ended up morphing into this powerful character that took center-stage in the story. She’s definitely the protagonist now, and I can’t wait to see how people react to her.

RU: Zahara, welcome. It’s a pleasure to meet you.

ZB: Um, where am I?

RU: That’s not important. Zahara, you’ve been a member of the Hydras, the only interracial gang in West Reborn City, for some time now. How long exactly have you been with them?

ZB: Two weeks.

RU: And how do you like being a gangster?

ZB: Truthfully? I don’t really like it. It’s a pretty dangerous lifestyle and I’m not…very violent.

RU: But if you’re not violent, why are you in a gang? For protection? I know some people join gangs for the protection of a group.

ZB: That’s part of it, I guess. But the big reason is that I owe Rip a debt. Rip’s like one of the big leaders in the Hydras, and he saved my life, so I owe him big-time. And to pay back that debt, I have to be a a gangster and hope that someday I do something as big as saving his life or something.

RU: Jeez, that sounds rough. What does your faith tell you about this?

ZB: My faith? I don’t know. I’m a Muslim, so people think I’m supposed to be dangerous and evil, but I’m not. I just want a quiet life and to follow my faith as best as I can. I’m about as non-violent as you can get.

RU: You say that people think you’re dangerous and evil? Is that a reaction you’ve gotten from other Hydras?

ZB: Oh no! Not at all! Well…a couple of Hydras. But most people are really nice and are cool with me. There’s Bono, he’s in Rip’s Head–that’s like a gang chapter for the Hydras–anyway, he’s in Rip’s Head with me and he’s really cool. And there’s Ilse, she’s in charge of 2-Head, and she’s like a big sister and really nice. And I have friends in other Heads, like Toshi and Tina, who are really funny and nice.

RU: What about Rip?

ZB: Er, Rip? Yeah, we’re friends, I guess. We’re friendly at the very least, which is very different from what we were like when we first met. I hated him then because he said something really mean. But we’ve gotten to know each other better, and I like him more than I did then.

RU: What’s Rip like?

ZB: Kind of quiet. He doesn’t really talk that much. I think he’s just one of those silent but strong types you see in all the teen novels these days.

RU: So if you end up paying your debt to Rip, what will you do?

ZB: Oh, that’s an easy question. I’d like to go back to New York, where I lived before I moved to Reborn City. I mean, I like some of the Hydras, but I really don’t care for the gangster life and all the other gangs are convinced I’m dangerous, so I’d like to be somewhere familiar where I’m a bit safer.

RU: And will you stay in touch with your friends in the Hydras?

ZB: I guess so. I mean, some of them are really cool. And I don’t think some of the them, particularly the leaders, will ever get caught or thrown in jail, so it should be easy to communicate with them when I want to.

RU: Do you think the leaders won’t get caught because of their almost-supernatural powers and abilities?

ZB: How’d you know about that? Nobody outside of West Reborn even believes that’s possible!

RU: That’s a secret. Well thanks for coming Zahara! Head back to the Hydras, I bet they’re starting to miss you. And if you want to know more about Zahara and the Hydras, the book will be available November 1st in paperback and e-book format. In the meantime, check out my next interview when I interview silent-but-strong Rip. Coming soon.

  1. gilbert452 says:

    Hey man, I just want to let you know that I think this is a really cool concept. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anybody interview characters they’ve written themselves. I’ve seen actors appear in character for interviews and I think that’s the closest I’ve seen. It’s interesting. Keep up the good work!

    • Thanks! I’m glad you enjoyed it. I hope to do a few more character interviews in the coming weeks, along with an excerpt or two. I hope those will be as interesting as this one.
      Thanks for commenting.

  2. Huh… this is an idea. Interviewing characters!

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