INDIE Life–It’s About The Human Experience


Time for another post on the INDIE Life!

While surfing the web yesterday, I noticed posts about the debut of Bridget Zinn’s YA fantasy, POISON. For those of you who haven’t heard, Bridget passed away from cancer in 2011–two years before her book published!

Her story, while tragic, is also inspirational. Bridget’s goal was to share humor and happiness with her teen readers. And she did just that. Now, her friends and family are picking up where she left off. They’re sharing her story. And her amazing life.

So how does this tie into the INDIE Life?

It ties in because the INDIE Life is about supporting your fellow authors. It’s about coming together as a community to hold up one another. It’s about hearing a story, feeling it on the inside, and doing something about it. It’s about commemorating the life of another author who reached her dream…even from the beyond.

Thank you, Bridget.


About Bridget Zinn

Bridget grew up in Wisconsin. She went to the county fair where she met the love of her life, Barrett Dowell. They got married right before she went in for exploratory surgery which revealed she had colon cancer. They christened that summer the “summer of love” and the two celebrated with several more weddings. Bridget continued to read and write until the day she died.
Her last tweet was
“Sunshine and a brand new book. Perfect.”

Bridget wanted to make people laugh and hoped readers would enjoy spending time with the characters she created. As a librarian/writer she loved books with strong young women with aspirations. She also felt teens needed more humorous reads. She really wanted to write a book with pockets of warmth and happiness and hoped that her readers’ copies would show the watermarks of many bath time reads.




About the novel

Sixteen-year-old Kyra, a highly-skilled potions master, is the only one who knows her kingdom is on the verge of destruction—which means she’s the only one who can save it. Faced with no other choice, Kyra decides to do what she does best: poison the kingdom’s future ruler, who also happens to be her former best friend.

But, for the first time ever, her poisoned dart…misses.

Now a fugitive instead of a hero, Kyra is caught in a game of hide-and-seek with the king’s army and her potioner ex-boyfriend, Hal. At least she’s not alone. She’s armed with her vital potions, a too-cute pig, and Fred, the charming adventurer she can’t stop thinking about. Kyra is determined to get herself a second chance (at murder), but will she be able to find and defeat the princess before Hal and the army find her?

Kyra is not your typical murderer, and she’s certainly no damsel-in-distress—she’s the lovable and quick-witted hero of this romantic novel that has all the right ingredients to make teen girls swoon.

Poison on Amazon

Poison on B&N


How you can get involved as detailed on Bridget’s website:

During the week of March 11, blog about the release of your first novel (if you’re an author) or any other momentous first.

The release of my debut novel, SHIFTING PRIDE, was both thrilling and terrifying. I remember the excitement of finally being able to share my heroine, Nickie’s, story with the world. I also remember the fear that I didn’t do her justice and that people would miss what a great character she was.

At the same time, it was a milestone that demanded a celebration all of its own. Whether SHIFTING PRIDE flopped or flew off the electronic shelves, I’d accomplished a goal, a dream–I’d become a published author.

It’s a moment in my life that I shall never ever forget.

24 comments on “INDIE Life–It’s About The Human Experience

  1. I remember in 2011 how sad this story was. What a great idea to post this for Indie Life. Sad that she couldn’t live to see her book published but more devastating is the friends and family she left behind.

  2. salarsen says:

    YAY! for Indies!! I love keeping tabs on everyone.

    And Bridget, what more can I say. Just amazing. I’ve already added Poison to my list of reads. Thanks for sharing her.

  3. Sandra Ulbrich Almazan says:

    Thanks for sharing Bridget’s story with us. It’s sad that she didn’t see her book get published, but at least she left it behind as a legacy. The premise sounds interesting; I’ll have to check it out.

  4. She didn’t get to see her dream come true, but now her words are immortal.

  5. What a great post and amazing story! And her book looks wonderful – what a precious gift she left behind. Thank you for sharing!

  6. Elise Fallson says:

    This is such a sad story, wish she could have lived to see her book published. I’ll put Poison on my list to read because,it sounds like a great story. Shifting Pride and New Pride are already on my list! (:

  7. Thanks for a great Indie Life post. ” It’s about coming together as a community to hold up one another.”. I LOVE that. I am inspired and I too will be holding up Bridget Zinn. Happy Writing!

  8. The book sounds amazing. Thanks for sharing a little about Bridget. She may be gone, but her story will live on forever.

  9. Cheree says:

    Thanks for sharing Bridget’s story. I’m glad that people will still be able to read her words.

  10. It’s amazing that Bridget followed her dream, despite her illness. Her family must be so proud.

  11. Nick Wilford says:

    Bridget’s is such an inspiring story. Although sad, it’s a blessing that her words got out there in the end.

  12. I’ve seen Bridget’s story everywhere in the last few days, and that includes on a MAJOR book blog. 😀

  13. This is a sad and amazing story. Thank you for sharing. I love the indie writers community. They are fantastic.

  14. That is so cool that her book has still been published. What an amazing legacy.

  15. K. A. Last says:

    This is so inspirational, thanks for the beautiful post.

  16. lbdiamond says:

    Thanks to everyone who stopped by and thanks to those of you who share Bridget’s story! *group hug*

  17. Heidig says:

    Maybe somewhere Bridget is very happy:) That would be nice…yeah.

  18. Karen Lange says:

    Thank you for sharing Bridget’s story. It’s nice that her legacy can live on through her book.

  19. Bridget’s story is definitely inspirational. I’m glad to hear her dream was fulfilled. 🙂

  20. Thank you for sharing this story, Laura. Not really being in the same circles I had yet to hear of this. It’s very sad, but as Alex mentioned above – her words will live forever. I’ll look forward to meeting her some future day. In the mean time her voice is still with us…


  21. […] a follow up on last week’s Poison post. Friends of Bridget Zinn have asked authors to join in on the poisonbook.tumblr site to share their […]

  22. Oh, wow, Laura. I’ve been seeing Poison all over the place, but I had no idea the whole story. I love that her book lives on. What a wonderful, inspirational thing. Here’s hoping Poison does very well, and yes. We wouldn’t get anywhere without the support of our fellow writer-friends~ ❤

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