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Pick Your Poison: Bridget Zinn

Bridget Zinn, a YA writer from Portland, OR passed away in 2011. Her YA debut, POISON, was released by Hyperion on March 12, 2013. A group of writers are trying to do as much as we can to help publicize the book for Bridget.  In her memory we’re creating blog posts centered around the theme of “Pick Your Poison”…aka what little bit of badness inspires us to write.  Macaroons? Bacon? Shirtless Adam Levine? Justin Timberlake dancing?  Elastic Waistbands?  Etc.

So here’s my guilty pleasure addition:  I have two things.  One is my guilty pleasure in general and one that specifically inspires me to write.  My friends probably could have told anyone what my general guilty pleasure is….

PUMPKIN PATCHES!

I don’t know why I love them so much, but I do.  I like them sunny on an unseasonably warm October day.  And I like them dark and mysterious, scaring the bezeesus out of me.  I guess it stems from good memories of picking pumpkins for Halloween when I was a kid.  Every October I organize a large group of friends to go pumpkin picking at Bulter’s Orchard in Maryland.  There’s something about meandering around a wide open patch, searching for just the right pumpkin, whether it be perfectly round, tall and oval, or even white!  Every year I want something different.  And there’s nothing like a good hay-throwing fight on a hayride out to the pumpkin patch to get you smiling.

And for the thing that inspires me to write…

ROMANTIC MOVIES (usually the kinds involving high schoolers…but Crazy, Stupid, Love fit the bill too.)

Mmmm…nothing gets me as motivated to write as a good angst-ridden teen romance on the bigscreen.  Or even in book form…that’s fine too.  But it is truly a guilty pleasure to read about first love and then remember those feelings in the pit of your stomach.  How your heart would do a flip-flop when you spun around on a Scrambler carnival ride in high school and saw the guy you were crushing on just a few feet away.

So when these movies come out about forbidden love (vampire/normal girl-Twilight; zombie/normal girl-Warm Bodies; Invalid/Cured-Pandemonium), it inspires me to write about love in my books.  My two favorite YA love stories to-date are Divergent by Veronica Roth and Host by Stephanie Meyer.  I also want to give a shout-out to Diana Peterfreund for her Secret Society Girl Books.  Each time she picks a new love interest for her heroine, I’m drawn in again, forgetting about the last boy and getting all wrapped up in her writing about the current male heroine.  I love when writers can draw us in like that!

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