From working the pole – to sharing her soul. It’s corny, but so is Christine. She’s also an abuse and cancer survivor, recovering addict and ex-stripper (Waikiki 1987-1996).
Through her writing, she uses her unique voice, sense of humor and stories about her journey to self-worth to inspire others to do the same.
She believes there is strength in the community of survivors – and encourages people from all walks of life to give purpose to their pain by sharing their story.
At age 14, she was diagnosed with a skin disease that left her face severely scarred. By 19 she worked as a nude exotic dancer and by 21 was a full-blown drug addict.
Twenty years and many life lessons later, Christine is happy to have survived it all.
Her essays, Welcome to the Jungle and State of Mind
became instant features on the popular publishing site Scribd
, earning Christine Rising Author spots in September and December of 2010.
Her piece, Voluntary Termination
was featured in SMITH Magazine
, which was later published (“Sunset Strip”) alongside such artists as Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love)
, Melissa Etheridge, and Stephen Tobolowsky (Glee, Groundhog Day, Seinfeld, Californication)
in the highly anticipated anthology, The Moment
(Harper Collins) –
available in book stores everywhere.
As noted in her guest column for Chuck Sambuchino’s Guide to Literary Agents website, Christine is an avid supporter of equal rights. She is a member of celebrity photographer Adam Bouska and partner Jeff Parshley’s NOH8 Campaign and founded Another way to say it Greetings, a greeting card project that caters to her friends of the GLBT community.
Christine brings her love of the coast to California where she has lived since 1996. For articles, photos and more, please visit Christine’s website www.poletosoul.com.