Self-discovery. Sexuality. Trans. LGBTQ. Gender Fluidity. Drag. Kinky Sex. Love. Lust. Entertainment. Rock & Roll. Even Comics.
This book has it all, and it is all true.
Girl Shock! I Dressed As A Girl For Halloween But Then She Took Over My Life
It was all supposed to be for a costume.
Maria Konner takes you on her journey from living a frustrated and bored straight- dude life in the ’burbs to becoming a fabulous trans entertainer in San Francisco. She also begins to discover herself sexually after a Halloween costume feels better than she ever imagined. What starts as a lark, quickly becomes a lifestyle.
Told in a frank and entertaining manner, Maria details her experiences at Diva’s, the legendary trans bar located two blocks from her new apartment. There, she enters into a world of alternative lifestyles, sexual experimentation, crossdressing, and hardcore kink as she tests the boundaries of her sexuality.
At the same time, she examines the changing concept of femininity within herself and launches her online video series Under the Golden Gate as a performer, host, and producer.
Girl Shock also takes you inside the underground of San Francisco for a true insider’s look at art, music, performance, and humanity. It is full of pictures and links to her favorite videos from the Under the Golden Gate library (www.underthegoldengate.com).
Join Maria Konner on this raunchy, wild ride to self-discovery and get Girl Shocked!
After escaping from her straight dude suburban life, Maria Konner has been exploring and rocking San Francisco for over 15 years. “I don’t have the gay gene, I have the trans and kink genes”, she always jokes when it comes to music and pop culture. “At the piano bar, they expect Judy Garland, but I give them Sweet Transvestite, Pink Floyd and Black Sabbath. I know almost nothing about TV shows, but I love talking about the Cosmos.”
Maria started off as an engineer in the Tech world, then migrated into corporate management consulting, financial planning, marketing/ sales, and lobbying. She wrote several books about green energy and corporate politics, but got so fed up with that world, she then decided to try something completely different and live a trans life in San Francisco. Originally from Jersey just outside NYC, Maria’s love of the unique, authentic, and colorful started with her spending a large part of her childhood in East Africa, The Middle East, and London/UK, and filling her alone time with books and science documentaries. After coming back to the US, she didn’t rediscover that self until she landed in San Francisco. She was so fascinated and inspired by the people she met, she created a web channel www.underthegoldengate.com to capture it via hundreds of videos.
Maria has a biomedical and electrical engineering degree from Case Western Reserve University and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University where she was the valedictorian. She has a love-hate relationship with education as she believes that too much education distracts one from where the real education is, down in the trenches. Maria considers herself to be a musician above all else. “Good music can’t lie. I don’t listen to words all that much. I care about the vibe more than anything else—it doesn’t matter if it’s a song, a conversation, a business, or a group effort”.
These days Maria is working from home as a cybersecurity architect, making videos of her new piano music, writing down ideas for her next book and plotting to bring underground entertainment back to San Francisco after the COVID-19 crisis.
Find out more at www.mariakonner.com.
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Wow. In my world as a teacher and mom I have only known that Maria’s world exists by glances at the periphery. Maria opens the door wide to show a world of community, caring, and self-expression through her own personal struggles and successes. It is a multi-media experience best enjoyed with your favorite video watching device and a pair of high quality headphones or speakers to appreciate the pictures and video clips of Maria’s journey. It’s a hell of a book.