Lil O'Brien is an ex-advertising creative turned freelance copywriter who lives in Auckland, New Zealand and has been described by numerous friends as 'the gayest person I know'. She's written for a number of publications about queer topics and more, and spent two years telling her coming-out story as a part of Rainbow Youth's high-school education programme, which inspired her to write her memoir and first published book, Not That I'd Kiss a Girl.
"Not That I'd Kiss a Girl is truly, deeply, hilarious. Lil dismisses the one out girl in her uni hall when she hears 'that she'd bragged about having a double dildo. What an attention-seeker, I'd thought. Even though I couldn't stop wondering what a double dildo was'. The humour is self-deprecating, open, and necessary. There's a lot of pain in this memoir. But even in the darkest places, O'Brien still manages to find the light.'When it comes to her sexuality, her relationships, and her failings within those, O'Brien is admirably frank. She beautifully renders experiences that many authors would find difficult, if not impossible, to delve into. Even better is her ability to recount what it's like to come to terms, as fully as one can, with one's own place in the world.' --Ruby Porter, Academy of New Zealand Literature