Becky Garrison contributes to a range of outlets including The Washington Post's On Faith column, The Guardian, The Revealer, Believe Out Loud, and American Atheist. Her seven books include Red and Blue God, Black and Blue Church (PW, starred review).
How did your childhood influence your writing?
As I noted in Jesus Died for This? growing up as the product of an Episcopal hippie priest/professor and earth mother marked me as different from the get-go. How many nine year old children can recite both the Lord's Prayer and the lyrics to "The Vatican Rag?" Humor became my saving grace that saved me as my alcoholic family imploded leaving me orphaned in my teens. I say tongue in cheek, my choices were satire or cyanide. I chose the more life affirming option.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote my first play, an anti-Nixon rant, when I was nine but didn't actually sell my first piece until the now defunct Wittenburg Door (the nation's oldest, largest and only religious satire magazine) and a Christian drama house bought my first pieces in 1994.
In Roger Williams' Little Book of Virtues, religion writer Becky Garrison delves into the life of her 11th and 12th great-grandfather to uncover the untold story behind this forgotten pioneer of religious liberty.
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