Christine Macdonald — Author|Speaker|Recovering Narcissist

“Give purpose to your pain. Share your story.” – Christine MacDonald

 From working the pole – to sharing her soul. A bit corny, but that’s Christine. She’s also an abuse and cancer survivor, recovering drug addict and ex-stripper (Waikiki 1987-1996).

Through her writing she uses her voice, a unique blend of cutting truth and self-deprecating humor to inspire others to release their shame and tell their story.



At age 14 she was diagnosed with a skin disease (Grade IV Acne Conglobata) that left her face severely scarred. By 19 she began her decade long stripping career in Waikiki (1987-1996), and by 21 was a full-blown drug addict.

Over 20 years and many life lessons later, Christine is happy to have survived it all.

A member of The National Association of Memoir Writers (NAMW), Christine is currently working on her memoir.



Christine and Larry Smith at THE MOMENT book signing event in San Francisco.

Her published work can be found in The Moment: Wild, Poignant, Life-Changing Stories from 125 Writers and Artists Famous & Obscure, SMITH Magazine, Guide to Literary Agents, Scribd, Salon, and Anaheim Examiner.

Interviews include: National Association of Memoir Writers (Memoir Writer of the Month), Dave Ursillo (Renegade Spotlight), KirstyTV, LA Talk Radio and Power Women Magazine.

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.

Recovering Narcissist. Retired Burlesque Dancer/Stripper (87-96). Contributing author of The Moment (Harper). My book, Pour Some Sugar on Me out soon.

So, this happened. ‪#blog ‪#selflove ‪#selfworth .


One of the hardest things to master is loving ourselves unconditionally, and thanks to people who try and hit us where it hurts, we are reminded that we do.


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This Is Me, Christine MacDonald.  FACE. VALUE.  I tried to remember I was still beautiful, but the word “still” is the dagger. “Still” is one of those words with hidden agenda; threaded in a compliment with conditions. But it’s a compliment, nonetheless. I’d take a “still” over none at all.

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