Linda Zuker (nicknamed “Linzi”) is a published writer, editor, copywriter, poet and accomplished artist who’s enjoyed various assignments throughout the world. Born in Washington, DC where she spent most of her life, her immediate family – parents and brother – are now deceased, survived only by their children. An honors student and graduate of George Washington University, where she received her B.A., she also studied fine arts and exhibited at the Corcoran School of Art Gallery. She studied freelance writing at WomanSchool in New York City with her mentor, the late Mary Scott Welch, who wrote Networking for Women..
Her home in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, what she describes as “a small womb with a view”, is shared with Taji, a Flame Point Himalayan, the only male allowed to sleep with her, because he doesn’t snore. His name was inspired by the Taj Mahal which she visited while in India on a writing assignment for Ayurvedic Drs. Smita & Pankaj Naram, whose patients included Mother Teresa and the Dalai Lama.
Inspired by Paramahansa Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi, she began studying yoga, ultimately becoming a certified yoga teacher. Given the spiritual name Kamala, meaning lotus in Sanskrit, she credits her spiritual life for helping her become more balanced and flexible.
Prior years in Washington, DC and New York City were spent working as an art consultant for the DC Public Schools, for various cultural organizations such as the National Endowment for the Arts and Freer Gallery of Art and for public television, public relations firms and other companies in New York and Florida.
Based on a promise she made her artist father before he died, she became a caregiver for several years to her invalid mother. During this time, she worked as an editor for the “Parkinson Report” and as the Brain Bank Coordinator to learn more about the disease so she could help her. Pfizer Inc. gave her a grant to develop her book and screenplay about this passage and others in her life, one of several themes that inspired her book I Hope There’s a Heaven and screenplay adaptation, Closer to Heaven.
In addition to working on various assignments as a freelance writer, she has also created Lemonaid, a TV sit-com and comedic advice column that imparts wit and wisdom, the latter being featured on the promo CD for the Hair Cuttery chain’s salon TV channel. Several of her children’s books impart conscious themes for kids to share with grownups. Putting the fun back into dysfunctional, she continues to turn life’s lemons into lemonade by writing with truth and humor that helps keeps herself and everyone around her in a good mood.
Although recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease , she won’t allow this to impede her and instead remains grateful for the challenges she’s faced with her spirituality. Although the book could seem depressing, she has spiced it up with humor and won’t allow that to affect anything. Pfizer gave her a small grant to develop this project and has indicated that they might distribute it when it’s published. She included a resource directory in the book. With an eye on those less fortunate, she does whatever she can to help them and herself.
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
Ghostwriter of Books for Individuals, such as Hats Off! Living Life Full to the Brim by Barbara A. Udell, PhD;Networking For Women by Mary Scott Welch, Secrets of Natural Health, How To Live A Hundred Years plus booklets on fear, wrinkles and hair by Drs. Pankaj & Smita Naram, Don’t Be A Slave To What You Crave, The Balance and Firstborn in Tangiers by Daisy Merey, MD, PhD; Benda by David Ben David, Rejuvenation Through Yoga by Goldie Lipson, Rediscover Aloe Vera-Your Grandmother Was Right All Along! for Catherine’s Choice/Aloes International Inc., and Cooking With Love by Chef Daniel Theme.
30 years experience in copywriting, public relations, reporting, proofreading & editing for individuals, businesses and organizations: STEINER/ELEMIS,”TIME TO SPA” MAGAZINE, Miami, FL; ICOM GROUP, INC., AYUSHAKTI/DRS. PANKAJ & SMITA NARAM, Mumbai, India; Clientele Magazine & MDR Fitness Report for CLIENTELE & MDR FITNESS CORP, Sunrise, FL; RICHARD W. RAPPAPORT, ESQ.,ADORNO & YOSS, STEINWAY MUSIC & ARTS SERIES, Boca Raton, FL;SHEILAH MITCHELL PRODUCTIONS (SMPI), Boca Raton, FL; PARADISE GROUP, CAT2002, Weston, FL; THE ADLER NETWORK, LEON SHAFFER GOLNICK ADVERTISING, HARRIS, DRURY & COHN ADVERTISING, SUNSHINE LADY, BROWARD CULTURAL QUARTERLY, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; KORN HYNES ADVERTISING, Morristown, NJ, RUDER & FINN PR, New York, NY; THE PALM BEACH POST, PALM BEACH ILLUSTRATED Palm Beach, FL; SIMPLY THE BEST, FLORIDA DESIGN, Boca Raton, FL; MOVING PICTURES INTERNATIONAL, Los Angeles, CA;TILSON & ASSOCIATES, Boca Raton, FL; THE HALLANDALE DIGEST, Hallandale, FL; FOOD LION SUPERMARKETS, RUDER & FINN, New York, NY, and local arts organizations; and Newsletters for JUVENILE DIABETES FOUNDATION INT’L., TEMPLETON, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; NATIONAL PARKINSON FOUNDATION, Miami, FL; KIDS-IN-MOTION FITNESS, Coral Springs, FL. Creative Catalyst for LANDIS STRATEGY & INNOVATION, Palm Beach Gardens, FL.
Creator/Writer of Columns , such as LEMONAID, entertainment trade publication CENTER STAGE, the National Parkinson Foundation’s PARKINSON REPORT and newspaper THE POSITIVE LINK
"Passover (aka Pesach) on South Beach
I plan on losing a couple of pounds this Pesach by giving up carbs during the holiday.
Now I know it sounds impossible. Between the matzo and the macaroons, the Jell-rings and the fruit slices and the…"
"With punctuation, especially commas, it seems to be subjective. I've seen copy editors who say one thing, and then proofreaders negate the same thing. It is really complicated, because we want to please our readers, and make sure that those who…"