Tell me your name and a little bit about you.
My name is Alexis Zinkerman and I am a blogger, journalist, mental health advocate who loves yoga, reading mental health memoirs, running though I’m not good at it, writing, research, fitness, meditation, photography, cooking healthy recipes.
Did you always have a passion for writing?
I’ve been writing since I was 8 when I wrote my first poem. Ever since, it was diaries, journals, poetry, and turned into a career in journalism.
What was the catalyst for your first book? Have you or will you write more books in the future?
The catalyst was my friend dying by suicide at age 37. Writing this novella was cathartic. I wrote a piece of fiction entirely in verse. Yes, I am working on another book—this time nonfiction.
Give me a brief description of your book.
Brooklyn’s Song is the story of Brooklyn. She grows up in Chicago and loses her best friend to suicide. The book is littered with images of Chicago. I used to live there years ago before I moved east. Brooklyn heals and finds her voice in poetry and she learns to create community.
Who would you say your book with resonate the most with? Who did you have in mind when you wrote it?
My book will resonate with teens but adults read it and love it! Kurt Cobain was my inspiration.
Where can it be purchased?
Amazon mostly. But don’t quote me I believe you can go through Barnes and Noble.com.
Do you ever experience writer’s block? How do you deal with that?
I get too many ideas, more than I can ever finish. It sounds trite but the only way through a block is to write. And also get a hobby other than writing. Something to give you some depth.
Did you find telling your story cathartic?
Yes. It helped me process my friend’s death.
What was the publication process like for you? What, if anything, would you change in that process?
I self-published. I went through Amazon. I had an editor and graphic designer design my book. The cover is my photography. It was a lot of work. I did the marketing. I got the book on radio shows and a book talk at the library.
Do you have any advice for someone attempting to get their story published?
Take your time writing your story. If you rush it, no agent will pick it up. Get a platform like a podcast or blog or write for other outlets. I have a mental health blog A Mile a Minute Fresh Takes on Mental Health http://amileaminute.blog.
Do you personally experience any mental health issues? How has this impacted your mental health?
I have bipolar type 1 and an anxiety disorder. Fighting stigma and discrimination toward the mentally ill is my life’s purpose.
What are your goals for the future?
Write my blog. Start a podcast spinoff of blog. Write my nonfiction book, which is also about mental health.
What are your social media links?
Web site www.alexisazinkerman.com