As a teenager, Stratten went to Centennial High School in Coquitlam and she picked up a part-time job at a Dairy Queen in Vancouver. She worked there for three years before a particular customer caught her eye. His name was Paul Snider – he was 26 years old, while Stratten was only 17 at the time.
Before meeting Snider, Stratten didn’t spend much time fussing over her looks. Admittedly, she did feel a bit embarrassed about having large hands, but they were proportionate to her 5-foot-9 frame. Other than that, though, her exterior was of little concern. Instead, Stratten focused more on writing poetry, sometimes covering dark subject matter such as loneliness and even death.
Meeting Snider would send Stratten on a completely different trajectory, though. Her new suitor had experienced a rough upbringing that gave way to an adulthood spent working outside of the law. Namely, Snider was a pimp – he had shuttled his girls around Los Angeles in a gold limousine before returning to Canada in 1977, where he met the teenage Stratten.