Zathyn Priest Interview & Giveaway
CONGRATS TO NIKI DRISCOLL, WHO WON THE GIVEAWAY. SHE CHOSE LIQUID GLASS AS HER WINNING BOOK.
ANOTHER HUGE THANK YOU TO ZATHYN PRIEST FOR BEING PART OF OUR 2ND BLOG ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION AND FOR THE GREAT GIVEAWAY!
THANKS TO ALL WHO ENTERED!
We are happy to welcome Zathyn Priest back to On Top Down Under as part of our 2nd anniversary celebration. Zathyn has kindly offered an e-copy of winner’s choice of one of his books to one lucky person who comments on this post. The giveaway runs from October 27th until midnight (U.S.) on October 29th, so make sure you comment for a chance to win one of Zathyn’s great books!
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Cindi: A lot of our followers are aware that your short story, One Of Those Days, was my first ever M/M book. I was curious, and I have to admit that I chose your story as my first because of your name. It’s cool. Simple as that. 😉 Had I not read that story, I might not be here asking you questions right now. At the risk of sounding fan girl, I’m going to say that your writing opened my eyes to LGBT fiction and I’ve been a fan ever since – of yours and of the genre.
Zathyn: I was cruising a writing website, saw a prompt with ‘It was never going to be an ordinary day’, and that’s how One of Those Days was born. I didn’t expect it to be as well received as it has been, because I wasn’t sure at the time how my sense of humour would translate to readers. But, it wasn’t until I added a little more to the story, focusing on giving Ric more background, and re-released it that I decided I’d like to continue their story at some point.
I have started writing the next instalment. When will it be finished? Who knows? I have several works in progress at the moment. It will be another free read, though.
Cindi: You know I’m going to ask this because I’m a total Alec and Jordan (The Curtis Reincarnation) fan. The last time you were here, you alluded to the fact that there is trouble in paradise (so to speak) for two of my favorite characters. What do you want to share about what’s coming up for these guys?
Zathyn: One thing I regret about ‘Curtis’ is how quickly they rushed into the relationship. Not that fast love doesn’t exist, but there are generally problems on the horizon when couples rush down the aisle like these two. Add to that the extra pressure of Alec being a major celebrity, and Jordan being a quiet homebody, and things start to unravel. I guess writing marriage problems in the sequel (The Violin Player) is my way of addressing something that has annoyed me about ‘Curtis’ for a very long time.
There will be new characters introduced, who will possibly one day have their own spin-off story. Those characters will be the beautiful, gender fluid Avery Embué, who will be the love interest for Alec’s new manager, Richard White.
Cindi: I have to bring up your art because it’s amazing. I’ve been seeing so many gorgeous photos of Alec over the past few weeks. Each time I think I have a favorite, you add another one that I love just as much. What do you want to tell us about your art and what you are working on now?
Zathyn: I’ve been doing a lot of images of Alec, and other characters from The Violin Player, because it’s how I get inspiration for writing. More than likely ‘Violin’ will be graphic fiction, which is much more work. It means sorting out all the characters wardrobes (Which is what I’ve been posting on Facebook with Alec, because his fashion sense has changed a lot), it means designing and organizing 3D sets, designing the characters if they haven’t already been created, and that’s all before the artwork for the actual book is even started.
I still do design book covers through Scarlet Tie Designs, however it’s very rare these days that I take on custom/consignment work. I create pre-made book covers 99% of the time. Custom book covers cut into my writing time far too much and I had to prioritize.
Cindi: I know this is a question you are probably asked constantly, but as a fan, I have to ask – what current writing projects are in the works?
Zathyn: I have a few works in the pipeline. When any of them will be finished, I couldn’t say. After GRL, I hope to focus on my writing and get something completed. The ones that are most likely to be finished are –
HAI-21: A graphic contemporary/sci-fi (but not full-on sci-fi) novella length
Inside His Reflection: Contemporary drama, novel length
Engaging the Fantasy: Sequel to One of Those Days, novella length
Dystopia: Paranormal/Contemporary, novel length
The Violin Player: Sequel to The Curtis Reincarnation, novel length
Cindi: Since your last visit, you’ve been a busy boy outside of your art and writing. You’ve created a new website, Touching You Up. As a person who has battled allergies for years, I love the site and (stalk) follow it religiously. Tell us about Touching You Up and why it is so important to you.
Zathyn: A couple of years ago, I contracted a viral infection of the 5th Cranial Nerve. It took doctors a long time to figure out what was wrong with me, and by the time they did, the virus had done a lot of harm. It left me with permanent damage to my hearing, to the nerves on the upper right side of my face, to my sight, and it wreaked havoc on my skin. Suddenly, instead of people guessing my age wrongly at years younger, they were guessing my age at years older. My self-esteem hit rock bottom. Nothing I bought over the counter rescued my skin. Nothing worked.
Then, pretty much by accident, I stumbled on skincare that did work. Not just superficial changes to my skin, they were major improvements that left me astounded. I recommended the products to a friend, who reported the same amazing results. It’s no secret I’m a cosmetic junkie, and I love makeup. This was different. This is science behind skincare that is not available over the counter, but is available to everyone. The problem is, most people don’t know about it. I started Touching You Up so I could share what I’ve learned, and point others in the right direction. I can advise what will work, what won’t work, and save people money in the process.
Zathyn: Always a pleasure, Cindi. Thank you for inviting me to take part.