You know we like to support debut novelists here at Writer Unboxed. Today I’d like to introduce you to Kristin Bair O’Keeffe, whose debut novel, Thirsty, releases tomorrow. Kristin wrote a short essay for WU, detailing her inspiration behind the novel and giving us a teasing glimpse into the world of this book. Enjoy!
Thirsty: The Inspiration
About a week ago, I held a copy of my debut novel Thirsty in my hands for the first time.
“Whoo-ee!” I yelped, jumping up and down and at the same time, getting very still and quiet inside. Happiness, gratitude, and a big, fat sense of accomplishment all burbled and bubbled and blended into one precise moment of joy. I’d been working toward this moment—this exact moment of holding my own book in my hands—since I was eight years old.
Once I bounced back down to earth, I started thinking about inspiration and about what had led me to write Thirsty. Two things popped into mind: place and courage. [Read more…]