Friday, March 15, 2013

Celebrating "Firsts" with Bridget Zinn and POISON

They say you never forget your first time, and for authors that's definitely true. The release of your first book is an amazing experience. It's exciting, terrifying, humbling, gratifying and a million other things all wrapped up together. There really is nothing like it.

My first book, RIVAL, was such a long time coming, from "the call" to release day, that it almost felt like it had been out ages before it hit shelves. The "first" that actually meant the most to me was the first time I appeared at an author's event. Sitting at a table with authors I'd admired who were now my colleagues, answering questions about my process and inspiration, signing my books--it was an unexpectedly heady experience. Most of the time I'm a working mom who puts the needs of others ahead of herself. Being in the spotlight, getting to discuss something I'd created, being honored for realizing my publishing dream felt wonderful. To this day, I love making appearances wearing my "author" hat.

I would have loved to see and hear Bridget Zinn on author panels, discussing her debut novel, POISON. It came out this week, but Bridget isn't here to share it with us having passed away due to cancer. I didn't know Bridget personally, but I followed her story. And now I, along with dozens of other authors, are helping spread the word about POISON.

I'm sure Bridget would have had some wonderful insights to share with readers and fellow writers. She was a librarian who loved humor and books about strong young women. Both play a big role in POISON, which has been getting awesome reviews.

Here's the synopsis: 

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.

I think POISON sounds like a great book. I can't wait to read it! And although Bridget won't be sharing her wisdom at authors' events, many of her author friends are doing them in her honor. It's not the same, of course, but I--and I'm sure they--like to think Bridget is there in spirit.

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.

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