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Meet Christine O’Brien

Christine O’Brien is the daughter of Academy Award-, Emmy Award-, and Golden Globe-winning movie and television producer Edgar J. Scherick. As Head of Programming at ABC-TV in the 1960s, Scherick green-lighted such iconic television shows such as Batman and Peyton Place. He also produced movies, including They Shoot Horses Don’t They, Sleuth, The Heartbreak Kid, and The Stepford Wives.

O’Brien grew up in New York City and Beverly Hills. She earned a BA in English at UC Berkeley and holds a Double MFA from Saint Mary’s College in Nonfiction and Fiction, where she was awarded Saint Mary’s Agnes Butler Scholarship for Literary Excellence. Her lyric essay “Fish” appeared in The Seneca Review, and her short story, “Cullen Farm,” appeared in The Slush Pile Magazine. Her essay, “Cul de Sac,” received Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train’s 2014 Short Story Award for New Writers. O’Brien has worked for ABC-TV, Alex Ponti, and NBC Productions. Her screenplay, The Maccabees, was optioned by Dan Blatt Productions.

She is currently a part-time lecturer in the English Composition Department at Saint Mary’s College and lives in Walnut Creek, California, with her husband and two children.  She is also the host of the upcoming podcast, Good Morning Writing!

Her memoir, CRAVE, sold out of its first printing in only 2 ½ weeks!

Praise for CRAVE:

“…one version of a 20th-century fairy tale… O’Brien describes her unusual childhood with loving generosity. ” (New York Times)

“Emotionally Fraught” (Publisher’s Weekly)

“A page turner…compelling.” (Booklist)

“A book that makes the topic of hunger entirely satisfying.” (Kirkus)

“A thoroughly engaging memoir,” (Library Journal)

Named top ten memoir to look for in 2018 by Bustle and Lit Hub;

Book roundups: HelloGiggles,, Liz and Lisa, Deborah Kalb

Plus upcoming coverage from: Refinery29, Bookhounds, Shelf Awareness, The New York Times Sunday Book Review, and more!