I’m Susan Gray Blue, and I help people recover from fundamentalism. I grew up an earnest evangelical fundamentalist Christian in American’s heartland. I love showing people what that was like and how I left it all behind. Sometimes while telling jokes about Dante and toasted marshmallows. Thanks for stopping by.
My childhood came complete with Christian charm class, conspiracy theories and the distinct sensation that our planet’s only been around for a few thousand years. That’s all behind me now – the beliefs and the underlying patterns to boot. Life outside of fundamentalism is less simple, but it’s a lot more meaningful and enjoyable. Instead of certainty, you get curiosity. Instead of black-and-white simplicity, you get gorgeous, colorful complexity.
A particularly literal strain of right-wing Christianity defined my entire life growing up. I attended a Baptist school, went to missionary camp in the summer and, of course, multi-weekly Bible studies and church services. Starting in my early 20s, I un-converted myself.
I've written a book called Soul Bone. It's about those experiences and the role fundamentalism plays in our culture. I'm looking for a publisher.
I write and give talks about recovering from fundamentalism in a way that I hope is both illuminating and entertaining. You can read some of my recent articles on The Millions, Bustle, Racked, BuzzFeed, The Hairpin and more.
You can even sign up for an occasional newsletter from me, which I’m going to start any day now. I’m fancy like that.
I was an English for a few years, then went to grad school. After that, I started an editorial
career as a travel, shopping and arts editor in San Francisco. I moved into management positions as I moved around the country — to Los
Angeles, D.C., Nashville and then back to San Francisco. Along the way, I started doing what the kids call "content strategy." I’m still doing that, now for a big tech company, and am currently
living in London. I teach peer courses about voice, tone and writing for emerging markets. And I give talks about voice at tone at UX conferences.
That's my day job.
Also, Susan Gray Blue is my real name. It’s not from an elaborate hippie color wheel naming ritual or anything. Gray was my maiden name. Blue was my married name. Sometimes these things just happen.