“I hoped that moving to Qatar would change everything, until it did. True tales of love, lust, greed and yoga”.
Former Qatar Expat Pens Memoir, Launches Kickstarter.
The former head of marketing for Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar and the Doha Tribeca Film Festival has written a book about her time here, Hello, American Lady Creature: What I Learned as a Woman in Qatar (Greenpoint Press, 2014). Lisa Kirchner says the book is a tribute to what she discovered while living in Qatar, and how her experiences caused her to see the similarities between her own culture and this one. It’s a message that she thinks people have a hard time believing. “In these days of massive misinformation about the Muslim world, I’m delighted to find a publisher who’s happy to help me get this message out there,” Kirchner writes. “It’s not some false ode to easy lessons, but a realistic take on my experiences in a complex culture.”
And so she’s launched a fundraising campaign on Kickstarter, a crowdfunding website, to let people know about the coming book. “It’s a small press,” she writes. “Independent publishers don’t offer advances, there’s no publicity department, no marketing team. So I’m doing a Kickstarter fundraising campaign to help launch it in the style it deserves.”
In the video on her Kickstarter page she describes the manuscript in more detail, and offers rewards for contributions. Rewards include options such as seeing your own words in print on the book, story coaching and manuscript editing. Her fundraising goal is a modest $4,300, but she hopes to do better. “I certainly can’t do a reading in Qatar at that level,” she writes.
The book will come out in early 2014
To find out more about this book visit the kickstarter campaign page by clicking here
Lisa practicing Yoga in Qatar