Christine Beatty's Path to Writing
Getting married didn't "cured" me of my crossdressing, and after attending a 1984 Halloween party in drag I started a diary in hopes it would help me figure out my problem. Seven months later I left my wife to transition and quit the diary. I wrote song lyrics and short, philosophical essays but by the time I got deeply hooked on drugs I stopped writing and tried to go back to being a man.
By the time I turned thirty, my enslavement to heroin nearly killed me. I got sober in a Veteran's Administration rehab, where my gender baggage fell into my lap. Unable to share my history with my fellow veterans I let it all out in a journal, which became the basis for my autobiography. By then I'd fallen in love with writing, so I began contributing articles to local publications. In September 1991, Spectator magazine (born of the infamous Berkeley Barb) paid me for a story and put me on the masthead. From then on I became a regular, featured contributor covering local politics and community events.
In 1992 I wrote my first novel, a dark, tragic romance, and a year later I published Misery Loves Company. From 1994-96 I unleashed a torrent of short stories and journalistic articles, some of which appear here. However, I mostly put my writing career on hold in favor of my former band, Glamazon. I hung up the band in 2002 and I plan to use those experiences in a future novel.
In 2003 I took an interest in screenwriting and a year later received a certificate in Feature Film Writing from UCLA Extension. Since then I have shifted my attention between my now-finished autobiography, rewriting my first novel and several screenplay projects, so far not produced. In addition I have continued my literary activism for LGBT issues.