Zathyn Priest talks GRL Featured Blog Tour ~ Guest Blog

Prism Book Alliance would like to thank Zathyn Priest for taking the time to talk with us today. Don’t forget to check out our review of Amara: The Rebirth.


GRL – The Social Side

This year will be my first GRL and, aside from having to overcome a fear of flying to get there, I’m excited to be attending. Of course, I don’t listen when people tell me to stop watching Air Crash Investigation. My argument is, I’m desensitising to the phobia. No one believes me, and quite rightly so, because it isn’t true. I just can’t help scaring the bejeebies out of myself, kinda like watching the best, terrorising horror movie you’ve ever seen!

Quite a few people have asked me what I hope to gain from GRL and what I’m looking forward to the most. As far as what I hope to gain, to be perfectly honest, I’m not attending with the intention of gain. When I decided 2014 would be the year I’d join the mad dash for a GRL spot, my centre of attention was on social rather than promotional. Sure, I’ll be doing book signings and promoting goes hand in hand with attending as an author, but it isn’t my primary focus.

Let’s face it, I suck at self-promo. I really do. It’s not my thing by any stretch of the imagination. GRL won’t be any different in that regard. I’d struggle to talk for thirty seconds about my writing or a work in progress, but I’ll happily chatter away about almost anything else. If someone asked me which of my books they should read first, I’d recommend the free one on my website and then change the subject. I’m that bad at self-promo.

I know a lot of people are GRL veterans and have been more than once. But there are several, like me, who are attending for the first time. Nervousness is to be expected when meeting new people in an environment where there will be a lot of hustle and bustle. I’m not a shy person, although I am an introvert. I won’t be found in the centre of the party action and will be avoiding dance floors, karaoke machines, strippers, and the like. Unless, for some reason, I drink too much. In which case, anything is possible!

Anyway, what I’m trying to say is this… I’m attending GRL because I want to meet people and enjoy the experience. I would hate to think others don’t enjoy themselves because they may feel shy or overwhelmed. It’s not easy for some of us to mingle with groups or make new friends. So I’m extending the hand of friendship and support. If anyone does find themselves in that situation, where you may seek refuge in your hotel room due to anxiety, or you don’t know who to approach, come on over and say hi to me. Or, say hi to Sam, who will be attending GRL with me. We’ll make sure you have someone to talk to, sit with, and overcome the shyness with.

See you in October!


Title: Amara: The Rebirth
Author: Zathyn Priest
Publisher: MLR Press
Cover Artist: Zathyn Priest


Legendary vampire, Emrys Amara, changes Matthew’s destiny when he’s thrown into a world of kidnap victims, werewolves, deceit, and the rebirth of the greatest vampire clan in history.

Matthew and his husband Dean are slayers, trying to end a chokehold Amara half-breed vampires put on Nottingham and kill the leader, Amdis. A diary supposedly written by legendary Emrys Amara is sent to them, yet they doubt the orphaned vampire could have survived the demise of his clan.Meeting Emrys proves them wrong. Matthew falls deeply; Dean’s jealousy takes a sinister turn.

A chain of events involving kidnapped children and werewolves follows as Amdis teams up with another vampire clan.Can Matthew and Emrys save the children while rebuilding the Amaras as the greatest vampire clan in history?

About the Author:

Zathyn Priest is an Australian writer/artist with severe vampiric tendencies. Absolutely convinced the sun could turn him to a pile of ash, he prefers to write under the cover of darkness. This serves two purposes, with the first being the afore mentioned sunlight danger, and the second being the fact that night means no annoying phones ringing or people knocking at the door.

Zathyn has written four published novels using this strange moonlight technique. The Curtis Reincarnation, The Slayer’s Apprentice, Liquid Glass, and Amara: The Rebirth. He has also written three short fiction works. The Statue, Left of Centre, and One of Those Days.

Zathyn lives with two greyhounds named Chrissy and Eldon, a cat named Fran, and a duck named Charlie.

Buy Links

MLR Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
All Romance eBooks

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13 thoughts on “Zathyn Priest talks GRL Featured Blog Tour ~ Guest Blog

  1. I’m really looking forward to meeting you at GRL this year, Zathyn! I’m also an introvert, so as much fun as GRL is (and it really is), it’s nice to know there’s others like me I can just sit back with and watch the action every now and then instead of being in the middle of it all the time.

    • I think there will be a few introverts lurking around the place. Looking forward to meeting you, too, Aniko. Will be nice to put faces to names and finally see people in person 🙂

  2. Nice post this will be my first GRL too and I am no writer but just as nervous . Your kind approach is what people will be looking for I am sure 🙂

  3. Oh Zathyn, I could have written most of that post!

    I am looking forward to meeting you in person. I won’t be at the center of the social stuff, either, but I do enjoy meeting the people I feel like I already know to some extent from our interactions online.

    • It’s funny, Brandilyn, because I guess I should be somewhat focused on promo and yet I’m not. I’m all excited about meeting people, picking the costume for the costume party, hanging out friends and making new friends! People ask me about books signings and I’m like, ‘Oh yeah, but COSTUME PARTY!!’ (I’ve never been to one before)

      • It’s all good :). I am not a big party person, so I can take or leave that part. I am looking forward to catching up with friends and meeting new people.

  4. Hi Zathyn,

    you already know that it is my first GRL too and I am really looking forward to meet everyone in person. Hugs

  5. From what I’ve seen, most first-timers come in shy, but leave laughing with friends – either newly made or ones they already know though the internet. I think most of us attending are shy and/or introvert, and since we seem to have that in common we manage to shed the anxiety and just go with the flow.

    Can’t wait to meet you and Sam <3

  6. That is a great post!!! Thank you for sharing. I am not shy either and I will definitely look forward to chatting with you a little 🙂

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