Being a Steward of Others’ Stories w. LINDA KAY KLEIN

Author photo by Jami Saunders.

Author photo by Jami Saunders.

Episode 33

Linda Kay Klein’s first book, Pure: Inside the Evangelical Movement that Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free, is out now from Touchstone. Linda is the founder of Break Free Together. She earned a master’s degree from New York University focused on American evangelical Christian gender and sexuality messaging for girls, and has spent over a decade working at the cross section of faith, gender, and social change.

Discussed In This Episode

Figuring out you’re not alone. Purity culture and sexual shame. Abstinence education. Building trust with interviewees. Structuring a book that’s hybrid memoir-journalism-oral history — and selling a genre-bending proposal. Giving yourself emotional breaks. Creating a morning ritual to prepare yourself for writing. What productivity looks like to a writer. “My body ultimately is what forces me to deal with something.” Being the steward of so many people’s stories. Becoming who you need to be to write the book you want to write. #MeToo. “This book felt so fragile. I felt like if I stopped looking at it, it would dissolve.” Rediscovering your creative self.

Recommended Reading

Pure, Linda Kay Klein
Brené Brown
Tiny Beautiful Things, Cheryl Strayed

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