A few weeks ago, I stumbled onto the story of Bridget Zinn. This YA author’s debut, POISON, is out now, but Bridget isn’t around to celebrate the release. In May 2011 at the age of 33, she passed away from cancer. Her book sounds amazing, and I definitely can’t wait to read the tale.
This week, while you are reading or writing or going about your day, take a minute to tell the universe that you honor Bridget Zinn. I never met her, but I feel compelled to say a belated farewell. Maybe it’s as simple as speaking the names of the dead, like the ancient Egyptians believed; maybe just whispering her name will send love into the universe.
The following information is taken from http://bridgetzinn.com/help/:
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.
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.
Links about Bridget
A remembrance of Bridget written by her agent (with a video of Bridget that shows how vibrant and funny she was)
Bridget’s path to publication – in her own words.
A post in which Bridget shares her Sneaky Tips for writing (which also has an audio file of her reading this post)