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.

Writer Wednesday–Productivity

Since I started working on the inpatient unit (almost a year now!) in addition to my other roles in the outpatient world, I’ve had less energy, concentration, mojo, motivation, imagination, passion, etc to continue pumping out the wordage on a daily basis.

In the “old days,” I could draft a novel in 2-4 weeks (YIKES, right?). Now, well, now I’m good for a short story (maybe) every six months.

What happened to my die hard committment? What happened to my insatiable NEED to WRITE? What happened to my very existence depending solely on “WHEN DO I GET TO WRITE AGAIN?”



My point being, sometimes one has to write as much or as little as they can. Maintaining a 2000 word a day goal is not realistic for me right now. Most things ebb and flow and fluctuate.

I need to be okay with that.

Alternatively, it also helps to have a push from inspiration from time to time, so I’d like to leave you with some of my favorite writing quotes.

Please share a favorite quote in the comments too!

“There are times when quantity is at least as important as quality in learning an art.”
Lawrence Watt-Evans

“Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.”
E.L. Doctorow

“Write what you care about and understand. Writers should never try to outguess the marketplace in search of a salable idea; the simple truth is that all good books will eventually find a publisher if the writer tries hard enough, and a central secret to writing a good book is to write on that people like you will enjoy.”
Richard North Patterson

Writer Wednesday–Battling Social Networking Overload

I’ve been on the social media highway for about three years now. It all started with QueryTracker, then branched out to RallyStorm, then to Facebook and Twitter, and finally, my blog. I’ve spent countless hours on each site, chatting with other writers, learning techniques, learning how-to’s and don’ts, all the while watching the network grow and branch out in directions I’d never thought possible.

And now there’s even MORE avenues to get connected!

Klout, Google+, Tumblr, StumbleUpon, and now Pinterest…

How can I possibly keep up!!!!!!

*flails* *runs into wall* *passes out on floor*

So, folks, how do you keep a steady pace on the social networking highway without running out of gas? How do you find time to do real life things, like, gee I don’t know, WRITE??? 😉

This week for the Sisterhood of the Traveling Blog, Deb answers the question of what inspires her.

Sisterhood of the Traveling Blog–Pet Inspiration









Deb asks:

How do your pets/kids/plants (something you take care of) influence your writing?  Do they help you, or distract you?  Do you include them in your stories?

Great question, Deb! And quite apropos as we prepare for NaNoWriMo. I mean, really, if ever there was a time when writers need inspiration, it’s during NaNo. Am I right?

My ragdoll cat, Gracie (y’all met her last week), definitely inspired my writing. In my very first book, the main character has a long haired, blue eyed kitty with a diva attitude. Like Gracie, this feline offered just enough support to keep the main character happy, but then had her own schedule to keep, regardless of the mayhem happening in the MC’s life.

Yeah, that’s how Gracie rolls.

On the other hand, if kitty wants some one on one time, writing just ain’t gonna happen. You know what I’m sayin’? 😉

How about you? Has your writing been inspired (or, gasp, hindered) by a pet, person, or plant? Do share!

Stay tuned for Lydia’s answer next week!

Quotes for Writers

I found this on YouTube the other day and HAD to share it:

People who know me, like the real, every day me, know that I’m not the warm and gushy, huggy-feely, cry at every tear-jerker type, but this moved me. Scout’s honor.

My favorite quote: The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt. –Sylvia Plath

Tell me, writerly friends, which quote(s) struck you?