Nicola Jane Chase grew up in the suburbs of Liverpool, northwest England, as a passionate music lover—and as a man.
The first of many changes was quitting a stable career in retail management for the more adventurous, if insecure, life of a globetrotting club DJ playing dance tracks for the international jet set. She (albeit then still a he) then shifted direction and spent a decade on the airwaves of Hong Kong delivering cool indie tunes to a dedicated fan base. In 2008 she relocated to New York, the city she now calls home.
Music has since taken a back seat, yet her knowledge of 1980s tracks remains impressive, and her pleasure from listening to them rarely wanes. Now unreservedly she, her focus these days is on fostering greater transgender understanding and acceptance. To that end, she is a popular speaker at public and private events, and welcomes media inquiries.
An avid tennis player, she lives for the warmer days of summer when she can play on the outside courts in New York City. When not writing, speaking, flicking through rare 12” vinyl, or working on her backhand slice, she can often be found in her Queens back yard tending rhubarb and arguing with her gooseberry bushes.
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Tea and Transition
by Nicola Chase
Nobody anticipated a change from heterosexual man to heterosexual woman—least of all the author herself. He or she? Reactions amaze in unexpected ways. Pesky pronouns, inverted friendships and dating debacles test her spirit yet her wonderful British humor never dims. A globetrotting, funny, and uniquely personal story of change and the human spirit, love, family, and how one man became one woman.
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