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.
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.