I’ve been lucky to have such a supportive, encouraging network of readers. From strangers on the internet to my old children’s pastor to former neighbors to my parents’ current friends to people who’ve followed along with my family since I was a kid, I’ve gotten a lot of lovely emails over the years. Some people write to share personal stories with me, often about their own experiences with religious trauma. Some people write to let me know they’re thinking about me. And others write because they’re curious about something.

Since I still regularly get asked these questions, I thought I’d finally sit down and answer them.