I’m Z: Author, Actress, Fairytale Dreamer, & coach. I help clients achieve clarity and freedom from negative mindsets around body image and eating disorders.
I used to live in Hawaii and read novels in my front yard wearing my bikini. Currently, I’m dressed in a black fuzzy bathrobe and fluffy booties, sitting at my desk cave in Los Angeles.
I love to laugh and I’m deeply fascinated by a good fairytale villain.
I created this site to be a significant catalyst on your journey towards health, happiness, and freedom. I write about my mind’s adventures which include insight and inspiration around the topics of eating disorders, body image, and overcoming negative mindsets.
My debut memoir will help others, trying to recover from eating disorders, attain happiness and freedom.
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The Long Version
I’m Christen Zoccolante: Author, Actress, Fairytale Dreamer. I go by Z. I grew up in beautiful, warm Hawaii with reading and “make pretending” as my favorite pastimes. My Pinterest boards reveal my fascination with magical kingdoms and interesting villains, as well as my love of dark humor and wit. I love to laugh and eat chocolate chip cookies, not necessarily at the same time.
In my teens I experienced the common yearning for perfection, which led to many years fraught with a secret eating disorder. A shy loner in high school, I camped out in the locker room and filled notebooks with confessions, poems, and stories.
I left Hawaii and earned a screenwriting degree at Loyola Marymount University in LA, backpacked through Europe, and studied in Germany. I’ve lived in a van and on a boat, and joke that the one remaining residence that would complete the triangle is a tree house, which I hope to live in someday.
After college, one magical night at a bar, I met the man who had no idea he would end up marrying me and my eating disorder. The eating disorder almost ended up destroying me and our marriage but I won my happily ever after. My debut memoir, including all the complex truths I wish I’d known when I was younger, will one day help others who are trying to recover from eating disorders, so they can attain happiness and freedom.
I’ve appeared on the TV shows Hawaii Five-0 and Last Resort, and my short film, Contain the Cry, won an award in the 2013 Honolulu Film Awards. A play I wrote is currently in production and I’m writing a fiction trilogy, with a dark twist and characters I might love to hate. I look forward to spending time with them.
My most recent writing has appeared on The Huffington Post, PsychCentral, Adios Barbie, Peaceful Dumpling, Elephant Journal, Tryst Literary Magazine, Sweatpants and Coffee, and others. As a coach, I specialize in uncluttering and defragging the mind.
May your thoughts spin, your lips smile, and your hearts burn towards your greatest dreams.
You are awesome and capable of great things!