Zathyn Priest

Guest Post: Inside His Reflection by Zathyn Priest

Inside His Reflection

Thank you to The Novel Approach for the opportunity to talk about my new book, Inside His Reflection, and one of the main characters, Elijah Benson.

Inside His Reflection went through several plot changes before I settled on the one that clicked.  This isn’t unusual for me.  All my books are written in this haphazard manner.  I change my mind to the point the finished product is completely different to the story I intended to write.  Due to this, my characters change, develop personalities, decide they don’t want to play well with ideas I had, and throw me curveballs.  Elijah did this to me many times.

Elijah is a man living with the pain of a horrendous past.  Blamed and demonised for crimes he didn’t commit, and a survivor of a brutal murder attempt.   Given this, he’s also a man who plays his cards close to his chest, trusts no one, and is a loner.  His personality comes across as brusque, sometimes arrogant, in spite of this not being his true self.  It’s a coping mechanism, however it has made him unlikable to most people.  Which, when creating such a character, runs the dangerous risk of making them unlikable to a reader, too.

My challenge with Elijah was to clearly create a mystery around him within the first few pages.  Create a standoffish arrogance, but also add layers to hint there was a lot more to him.  To show that even though he may not have smiled, laughed, or shown much emotion, there was a sense of humour beneath an icy exterior.  If there was nothing other than haughty arrogance, why would my second main character, Harry, be interested in a second date?  And, why would a reader care about Elijah if he simply came across as a tosser?  I used to joke on Facebook that I have an evil love of torturing my characters, and Elijah was my most tortured of all.  It is, in fact, true.  Given this, the last thing I wanted to do to the poor guy was make him so irritating that no one could stand reading more than a few pages of his company!

Elijah is a complex personality, and that made him a challenging character to create and write.  It also made him a challenging character to create a 3D digital model of.  Each fictional character in my books and works in progress have their own 3D digital model.  I craft them and use them in artworks, like movie storyboards.  This alone can take weeks of work in Daz Studio and Photoshop to get the first model of a character at a stage where it matches well with how I’ve imagined them in my mind.  After that, it’s an evolving process over more weeks or even months.  With Elijah, each scar on his face was taken from real photographs of scars, and then Photoshopped onto the 3D model skin texture.  A tedious, time consuming project.

Elijah Portrait

When someone asks my favourite character from the books I’ve written, it’s a bit like asking me to choose a favourite child.  Or, in my case, a favourite four-legged furkid.  My favourite is usually the characters I’m working with at the time.  But, Elijah is special to me because of his strength, his ability to keep putting one foot in front of the other, and to be able to fall in love when his life had been surrounded by so much hate.  If you read Inside His Reflection, I hope Elijah touches your heart, too.


Inside His Reflection_PROMO sizeINSIDE HIS REFLECTION ~ Zathyn Priest

Publisher: Wilde City Press
Cover Art: Scarlet Tie Designs
Length: Novel
Genre: M/M, Contemporary, Drama
Heat Rating: Mild.  *Please Note* This book contains no sex scenes.
POV: Third
Purchase Link:  Wilde City Press

BLURB: 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?


Author Bio: 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.

Author LinksFacebook || Twitter ~ @zathynpriest || Blog 

5 Stars, Drama, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Sammy, Wilde City Press, Zathyn Priest

Review: Inside His Reflection by Zathyn Priest



Title: Inside His Reflection

Author: Zathyn Priest

Publisher: Wilde City Press

Pages/Word Count: 294 Pages

At a Glance: Once again, Zathyn Priest proves he is an outstanding storyteller.

Reviewed By: Sammy

Blurb: 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?


Review: Harry lives in the outback—on a farm that also serves as a five star resort that is run by him, his identical twin brother, Henry, and their family. After agreeing to meet a blind date in Adelaide, Harry actually ends up meeting the wrong guy. Harry tells himself to step away—to leave the strangely aloof “Elijah” alone, but there is something so haunting about the young man, so lost, and so broken. Before he knows it, Harry is wrapped up in the nightmare that has haunted Ashley for so many years.

Elijah, aka Ashley, has been hiding for ten years under federal protection. Relocated from England to Australia, Ashley must hide who he is due to being accused of raping his foster brother, Rylan, then age 6. When he was supposedly discovered enacting the deed, Rylan’s father brutally beats, rapes and nearly kills Ashley, leaving his body disfigured and his mind fractured. When Ashley is forced into relocating, he loses contact with his twin brother Chris. Now, thinking Chris is dead, and terrified that Harry will discover who “Elijah” really is, Ashley begins to fall apart. And when all is said and done, there may be nothing left of Ashley for Harry to love.

Inside His Reflection by Zathyn Priest boasts a multi-layered plot with ample twists and turns. With each chapter, the author leaves a trail of crumbs for the reader to decipher, and brings them one step closer to understanding just what happened to fourteen-year old Ashley on that horrific night so long ago. As the layers of lies and secrets unfold, you begin to understand just how fragile a hold on reality Ashley has, and how difficult it will be for Harry to gain his trust. Yet Harry is nothing but patient, and perhaps the most compassionate character this author has written to date.

Loving and gentle, Harry sees beyond the shadows that surround Ashley, and remains steadfast in protecting him as best as he can. Ashley is so broken—mourning the loss of his twin brother who was his to take care of—his to guard and his to love; in essence, his world. Cast off by their parents, both boys have only each other to cling to, and in the end, even that is taken from them.

Inside His Reflection is a rich and tender love story that takes some very dark twists and turns. This is a love story that nearly expires before it can achieve stability. Yet, again and again, this author re-knits these two gorgeous characters together, making Harry and Ashley true survivors in a world that is determined to keep them apart. This novel is a story of healing and love and one man’s fight for sanity and reason. It is a journey that two men take to establish their love for each other despite the very real truth that time for them may be running out.

Once again, Zathyn Priest proves he is an outstanding storyteller who creates deeply wounded characters who learn to live with their brokenness and find the strength to move beyond it into a world where love and happiness are truly possible.





You can buy Inside His Reflection here:

Amazon US

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Barnes & Noble

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GayRomLit Virtual Gift Basket Giveaway: Basket Six

1237Hi, folks, thanks for stopping by to check out what we have to offer today in Basket Six of our GRL Virtual Gift Basket Giveaways. In case you’ve missed them, Basket Three (exp. at Midnight PT tonight), Basket Four, and Basket Five are still up for grabs, so be sure to check those out as well.

And now, here’s what’s in store for Basket Six:

Rhys Ford: A $25 Gift Card to the winner’s choice of e-tailers
Erica Pike: An e-copy of Black Hurricane
Zathyn Priest: An e-copy of Amara: The Rebirth Continue reading

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GRL Countdown Celebration Guest Post: Writing the Graphic Way by Zathyn Priest

2014GRL_BlogTour_sq200x200In less than two months – if my poor mathematical skills are correct – I’ll be in Chicago for my first GRL. I thought I’d be feeling anxious by this stage but, aside from a morbid fear of flying, I’m more excited than nervous. To be able to finally meet friends in person, and have the opportunity to make new friends, is an opportunity I’m extremely grateful for.

My first MM novel, The Curtis Reincarnation, was published by Torquere Press about six years ago. It was followed by The Slayer’s Apprentice, Liquid Glass, and Left of Centre. I then wrote a free short story called One of Those Days and, after that, pretty much disappeared off the face of the Earth. I crashed and burned with severe PTSD, and along with that, I lost faith in myself as a writer. Which, I have to say, was shattering because it had always been my one true passion. To lose it, then feel like you’d never get it back, it left another big gap in my life. Continue reading

A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week, Ashavan Doyon, Charley Descoteaux, Cover Reveal, Eileen Griffin, GayRomLit, Geoffrey Knight, Jack Byrne, K. Vale, Kol Anderson, LC Chase, M.J. O'Shea, Nikka Michaels, Sue Brown, Zathyn Priest, Zee Kensington

Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Hi, everyone, and welcome to another great week ahead.

In case you missed it yesterday, be sure to pop on over to RJ Scott’s Blog for a little teaser of some great giveaways I have in store for you as we continue the countdown to GayRomLit 2014. And, your comment on my blog post at RJ’s place will put you in the running for one of TWO $25 Amazon Gift Cards, so be sure to check it out.

In the meantime, here’s what’s coming up for you to enjoy right here at The Novel Approach


Monday – To kick things off, today we’re pleased to be hosting the Authors Gone Wild Anthology Cover Reveal

A bit later in the day, we’ve got author L.C. Chase with us on the Pulling Leather Blog Tour

Kol Anderson will be here as well with a giveaway of the latest book in his Prisoner series, The Devil You Know

TuesdayEileen Griffin and Nikka Michaels lead off our day with an exclusive cover reveal for their collaboration In the Fire

We also have author Zee Kensington with us on the Finally Home Blog Tour and Giveaway

Geoffrey Knight also drops by with an interview to tell us about a special new series set in the heart of Wilde City and begins with Buck Baxter: Love Detective

WednesdayM.J. O’Shea is our guest today on the Coconut Cove Blog Tour

ThursdayKimber Vale starts out our day on the Hard Act to Follow Blog Tour and Giveaway

Charley Descoteaux also joins us on the First Time for Everything Blog Tour

Friday – Our special guest today is author and artist Zathyn Priest, as he shares a bit about his creative process and joins in the Countdown to GayRomLit Blog Tour Celebration

Saturday – Author Jack Byrne joins us to talk about his new book Walkabout, the sequel to Billabong and there’s a giveaway

Sue Brown also joins us on The Last Wolf Blog Tour and Giveaway

Sunday – Finally, to close out the week, Ashavan Doyon will be here on the Stephen’s Heart Blog Tour, with a giveaway


And that rounds out the week ahead. Until next week, happy reading!