KBOK, Thirsty Bio Photo, BWKRISTIN 

                             August 2009
Hi there,

Greetings from Shanghai, China.

It's been a while since I sent out a note, but because October 1 is the release date of my debut novel Thirsty, I thought yeah, right now is a good time to connect. There are loads of exciting things happening as I get ready for this event, and I'd love to share them with you.

My New(ish) Newsletter

If you've been receiving this newsletter for the past couple of years, you're probably noticing that the format is different this time. The colors are different. The images are different. And even the content leads you in a (somewhat) different direction.

Right now, all my energies are going toward creating a successful launch of Thirsty, and it feels natural to have this newsletter support that. Yes, I'll still be telling stories about my adventures (and misadventures) in China (how could I not?), but for now, Thirsty is the center.

Thirsty, The Website

These days a good book needs a good website. Thirsty has one. (Click now!) It features all kinds of interesting stuff, including an exclusive look at a section of Thirsty that I cut from the manuscript, info about Pittsburgh (the setting of Thirsty), and lots more.

A big thanks goes to my web designer, Donny Truong, who did an awesome job of creating an eye-catching, organized, informative site. And to Craig McPherson, the artist who has allowed me to use his incredibly powerful mezzotint of the Clairton Works, a steel mill in Pittsburgh, as the central image on the site.

Thirsty, The Book Trailer 

A good book also needs a good book trailer. And wow, does
Thirsty have one of those. Again credit is shared.
While I wrote the script and gathered photos:
  • Jacqueline Francis--a wildly talented musician in Boston (who also happens to be my cousin)---wrote original music. (Original music! This was such a gift to the project.)
  • Donny Truong (once again) pulled it all together and created a stunning, compelling final product.

Watch the trailer now.

The U.S. Launch of Thirsty:
Events and Travel Dates

I'm heading to the United States on September 18 with my husband and daughter for the launch of Thirsty. From then until early November, I'll be doing readings, book signings, visits to conferences, and various other appearances (hopefully in a town near you).

I'll send you my Schedule of Events soon, but in the meantime, if you (or a friend) have a bookstore, a wine store, a coffee shop, a writing group, a reading club, or any other literary-minded collective and you'd like to host a Thirsty event, let me know. I'd love to join you.

Blog: "My Beautiful, Far-Flung Life"

In April, I launched my new blog "My Beautiful, Far-Flung Life." Though I suspected I was going to miss my old blog "Shanghai Adventures of a Trailing Spouse," I knew it was time to move on. I'm delighted to report that I'm happy with the move. The new format has connected me more closely to readers and I love that. So stop by, see what I have to say, leave a comment, and subscribe. Love to hear from you.


As I move through the process of publishing my first novel, I realize every day how important it is to have the support of friends, family, colleagues, and yes, even strangers (who don't stay strangers very long). Help in this process is coming at me from all sides, and I want to make sure to say thanks along the way. Today, shout-outs go to:

Christina Katz (a.k.a. The Writer Mama) -- CK is a longtime friend and writing colleague who shoots me emails with marketing advice, pep talks when I'm bleary-eyed, and all kinds of other good stuff. She's funny, smart, and knows what she's talking about when it comes to selling your writing and building a platform. If you haven't read her two books--Writer Mama and Get Known before the Book Deal--you're missing out on a great resource.

Missy Chabot -- Missy created both my current Kristin Bair O'Keeffe website and my blog, "My Beautiful, Far-Flung Life." She's a talented web designer and my go-to person for techy questions (which at times can require a good bit of patience since I'm a somewhat non-techy being).
New(ish) Newsletter
New Thirsty Website
Book Trailer
U.S. Launch
Blog News
Early Praise
Amazon Spike Day
Thirsty Cover Art
Early Praise

"Kristin Bair O'Keeffe's Thirsty has all the power of a small miracle. The mysteries of nineteenth century, small town factory life-the sudden appearance of thousands of butterflies, an extraordinary affliction of hiccups, a talking bird-brilliantly transcend the accumulation of everyday cruelties. A remarkably good read."

--Joe Meno, author of The Great Perhaps and Hairstyles of the Damned


Amazon Spike Day:

September 15

Want to buy Thirsty AND make a difference in my ranking on Amazon.com? Buy Thirsty at Amazon on Tuesday, September 15. The more copies purchased, the higher I go.
Me and Tully in HCM
About Kristin

Kristin has an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia College Chicago. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications, including the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Poets & Writers Magazine, The Baltimore Review, and The Gettysburg Review. She lives in Shanghai, China, with her husband and daughter.

Contact Kristin at kristin[@]kristinbairokeeffe[dot]com