My Laiba

Book 5. My Laiba 

How far would you go to save the one you love?  

This is one of my favourite novels, it is a horror, suspense, and love story. Not because I wrote it, but because I feel it was amazing in which it came about. I was writing out a story about Maxine. Maxine was to be another young female lead whose family moved to a new neighbourhood.  

The subdivision was at the edge of the forest and because Maxine didn’t have any friends she went along with some local girls. The girls dared her to go to a cabin; to make a long story short, her brother ended up getting killed by something in the cabin.  

The monster is Laiba. Now I needed a complete backstory for Laiba and when I began to write the backstory the novel My Laiba was born.  

My Laiba. 

Because of the above explanation, I began to craft the backstory and as I did, I fell in love with the 1970’s feel of Indonesia and the lure of white and black magic. The darkness that came over me and the feeling I got from the story worked so well.  

As I mentioned before I, see the movie in my head. As I write and I can feel how the story darkened and yet it felt amazingly good to be in the darkness.  

The love story between a Witchdoctor and his wife goes sideways. The Witchdoctor must turn to black magic to save his wife. It would be like a priest turning to the devil to save someone. Now the likelihood of that happening is small. Yet it is a book after all and a creative one at that.  

The evil. 

When white and dark magic are used in Indonesia it is said that one needs to be very careful. Individuals are warned that things can go wrong. Such is the case in this novel. When our main character chooses to save his wife at all costs there will be consequences. Unfortunately, mistakes are made and things unravel in very dark ways.  

Now this story all came about from the idea of Maxine’s monster having a cool backstory. The backstory took me to a place that I never expected to go. It was dark and in some parts I was not sure how it would all play out. As far as I was concerned it all played out quite well and I love the journey I took the characters on.  

The back of the book. 

1970s Indonesia… Nasir, the village Dukun (Witchdoctor) has tried everything in his power to save his wife Laiba. In a last-ditch effort, he seeks out his estranged brother Jan to use the powers of black magic to save his wife. Following his brother’s instruction, he must take a virgin’s life with a special Keris and bathe his wife in her blood. When the girl turns out not to be a virgin, disastrous results emerge and Nasir must try and save himself and others with the help of Khalid, his trusted apprentice. 

My Laiba

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Published by Zsolt Zsemba

Zsolt Zsemba has worn many different hats. He has been an entrepreneur, and businessman for over 30 years. Living abroad has given him many amazing experiences in life and also sparked his imagination for writing. After moving to Canada from Hungary at the age of 10 and working in a family business for a large part of his life. The switch from manufacturing to writing came surprisingly easily for him. His passion for writing began at age 12, mostly writing poetry and short stories. In 1999, the chance came to write scripts. Zsolt took some time off from his family business to write in Jakarta Indonesia for MD Entertainment. Having written dozens of soap operas and made for TV movies, in 2003 Zsolt returned to the family business once more. In 2018, he had the chance to head back to Asia once again. He took on the challenge to be the COO for MD Pictures and get back into the entertainment business. The entertainment business opened up the desire to write once more and the words began to flow onto the pages again. He decided to rewrite a book he began years ago. Organ House was reborn and is a fiction suspense novel while Scars is a young adult drama focused on life’s challenges. After the first two books, his desire to write not only became more challenging but enjoyable as well. After having several books completed he was convinced to publish them for your enjoyment. Zsolt does not tend to stay in one specific genre but tends to lean towards strong female leads and horror. Though he also has a few human interest books, he tends to write about whatever brews in his brain for a while.

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