Zita Christian is a writer, wedding officiant, and Life-Cycle Celebrant. She brings "Happily Ever After" to life, one couple at a time. How? By using her skill as a romance writer, Zita pens a personal love story for the couples she marries and incorporates the story into the ceremony. She is a proud supporter of marriage equality. Her weddings have been featured in the “Real Weddings” blogs of Wedding Wire, The Knot, and Connecticut Bride.
Her historical romance novels, Band of Gold, First and Forever, and Just a Miracle, were published as paperback originals by Harper and reissued in 2013 by Samhain Publishing as ebooks. Alas, Samhain has folded and, as of 2017, the books are available only in used bookstores.
Zita also co-authored the one-woman play, Warriors Don't Cry, with Scott Galbraith. The play was produced by The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford with a student audience in mind. The play has enjoyed several national tours. Warriors Don't Cry is based on the memoir of the same title by Dr. Melba Pattillo Beals, one of the Little Rock Nine who integrated Central High School in 1957.
In 2008, Zita organized several writers to complete a manuscript on grieving when the author and dear friend Liz Aleshire suffered a fatal heart attack. The book, "101 Ways You Can Help: How to Offer Comfort and Support to Those Who Are Grieving" was published by Sourcebooks.
In 2001, Zita created the television show "Full Bloom - the show that celebrates life." It covers a variety of subjects. With over 100 interviews, guests have included Tammy Richardson, an actor who recreates Bessie Coleman, the first Black aviatrix; Guatemalan artist and shaman Balam Soto; metal sculptor Karen Rossi; fine artist Carol Chaput; and Karen Goodrow of the Connecticut Innocence Project and James Calvin Tillman, a man imprisoned for 17 years until exonerated by DNA evidence.
In 2004, Zita launched "Page 1 - the show for writers with the reader in mind." Page 1 features interviews with writers and others in the world of publishing. Among the more-than-100- guests were the late Sandy Taylor, founder of Curbstone Press, Mary-Anne Tyrone Smith, Chris Lemmon, Helena Estes, Cormac O'Malley, Kit Reed, Pulitzer Prize finalist Ron Winter, and forensic scientist Dr. Henry Lee. Both Full Bloom and Page 1 have won multiple national awards for amateur video production.
With the 2014 addition of "Weddings with Zita - be inspired by the experts," the Zita TV Network was formed on Youtube.
In 2018, the television shows will take a backseat as Zita launches her first podcast. More on that later.
"One of the best ways to stimulate your minds on a regular basis is to watch this program - another example of the interesting programs available to viewers on public access." -- Matt Buckler, television and radio editor, Journal Inquirer, Manchester CT
One-woman play based on the memoir by Dr. Melba Pattillo Beals, one of the Little Rock Nine who integrated Central High School in 1957-58. Warriors Don't Cry completed its second national tour in 2014. For more info and a video clip, visit the website of the producer: The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford, CT < http://www.Bushnell.org >
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