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Title: Inside His Reflection
Author: Zathyn Priest
Publisher: Wilde City
Cover Artist: Scarlet Tie Designs
Genre: Contemporary, Drama, Gay, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance
A blind date leaves Harry reeling, and another date goes as badly. Scars on Elijah’s face are clues of a broken soul, yet Harry can’t walk away. Not even when he learns Elijah sees a dead man in mirror reflections.
Elijah’s sanity snaps. Blamed for crimes he didn’t commit, Elijah has already survived a brutal murder attempt and now hides under a Protection Program. Harry must have faith he is innocent and fight for Elijah’s stolen rights. Can Harry do this without losing his mind, his own rights, and the man he loves?
Inside His Reflection
First up, I’d like to thank Prism Book Alliance for the opportunity to talk about my new book release, Inside His Reflection, available from Wilde City Books.
I’m not an author who goes into raptures at the prospect of an upcoming book release. For me, it’s terrifying. I’m a bundle of nerves, I try to pretend it isn’t happening, and will do anything to avoid thinking about it. It doesn’t get easier with each new book, it gets more difficult. I’m not alone as there are several authors who go through the same anxieties. Inside His Reflection is one of those books that, from its conception, I knew was going to challenge a lot of emotions. Both for me as a writer, and for those who read it. It’s far from fluffy romance, though very definitely a love story. In fact, there are two love stories woven into this novel.
I’ve always been true to my characters. If they have a tough story to tell, I’ll write it for them to best of my ability. Sometimes that’s raw, hard-hitting, and it would be dismissive of me to sugar coat their past, present, and futures. Sometimes, these characters are not at a point in their lives where they’re willing, or able, to have a sexual relationship. If that’s so, I’m not going to force them. As was the case for one of my main characters, Elijah, in this newly released novel.
The MM fiction genre has grown over the years I’ve been a part of it. I’ve been around since 2009 – or thereabouts – and I’ve watched this genre explode in popularity. My second published novel was one titled The Slayer’s Apprentice. For a still newbie author, I took a big chance. I wrote no sex in that book. I didn’t expect it to be accepted for publication, but it was. Slayer gave me the confidence to realise sex doesn’t always sell books. That there is enough room in the MM fiction genre for all kinds of stories, all kinds of writers, and certainly all kinds of readers. It taught me a lesson to be true to myself as a storyteller.
There probably isn’t anything more valuable to a writer than learning that lesson. Certainly there hasn’t been for me. Because it’s meant there are characters and stories in my mind, like Elijah and Inside His Reflection, which I won’t shy away from telling. This is the third non-erotica book I’ve written. Hand on heart, I can say I’ve never received an email from a reader saying, ‘I really liked your book, but I wish there had been sex in it!’
Some characters shag like rabbits, some don’t, and some aren’t ready. It’s an author’s job to portray their personalities candidly. If we don’t do that job properly, how can we entice anyone into the world we’re creating? It would be like going to another city, walking around lost, and everyone around you is wearing a mask. Who can you befriend, or fall in love with, if you can’t see beneath disguises? Book characters are no different. To truly befriend them, or fall in love with them, they must wear no disguises. They have to be who they are, unapologetically. Tell a story of where they’ve been and where they are going.
About the Author
Zathyn Priest is an award winning Australian MM fiction author and cover artist. His published novels include Inside His Reflection, Amara: The Rebirth, The Curtis Reincarnation, The Slayer’s Apprentice, and Liquid Glass. He has also written short fiction, The Statue, Left of Centre, and One of Those Days. Zathyn’s new graphic novella, HAI-21, will be available early 2016.
Zathyn discovered digital art five years ago when he wanted to create 3D models of his own fictional characters. The hobby turned into another passion, and then into pre-made cover art business, Scarlet Tie Designs. He now creates original artwork book covers, website artworks, and poster artworks.
Sitting in an office all day in front of a computer does not match Zathyn’s restless soul. Therefore, he also attends classical ballet and jazz burlesque dance classes, with the ambition to turn boylesque/burlesque into a part-time career.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,
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