Episode 26: Interview with Author, Actor, and Writer–Elna Baker

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Elna Baker just published her new book The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance. Listen as she talks about her life, the book and living in two worlds and loving both.

Elna’s Website: http://www.elnabaker.com/
Elna’s Book on Amazon: The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance

Episode 26

51 comments on “Episode 26: Interview with Author, Actor, and Writer–Elna Baker”

  1. Oz Reply

    Just placed my order for Elna’s book for my wife and I. If it’s anything like the interview, I’m sure the book will be great. Hopefully it will fall into hands of others with similar thoughts and feelings so they know they are not alone. Honesty like this could have helped me during my Single Ward days. I remember being so unhappy as I tried to be perfect and then failing again and over compensating for my small mistakes. Thankfully I’m a little more relaxed now.

    Elna, had you met “THE (LDS) ONE” early in your New York experience, do you think you would have eventually reached this point in your life where you question the need for the Church for your personal happiness?

    Thanks for being so open…

  2. Oz Reply

    Just placed my order for Elna’s book for my wife and I. If it’s anything like the interview, I’m sure the book will be great. Hopefully it will fall into hands of others with similar thoughts and feelings so they know they are not alone. Honesty like this could have helped me during my Single Ward days. I remember being so unhappy as I tried to be perfect and then failing again and over compensating for my small mistakes. Thankfully I’m a little more relaxed now.

    Elna, had you met “THE (LDS) ONE” early in your New York experience, do you think you would have eventually reached this point in your life where you question the need for the Church for your personal happiness?

    Thanks for being so open…

  3. Sam Andy Reply

    How awesomely ironic to actually see your book displayed in the bookstore across the street from the dance on your way to the dance! You sound like a really neat person and I can’t wait to read your book. Good for you for keeping a good balance in your life. I’m sure Mr. Right is out there — maybe your book will flush him out. He will be a very lucky man.

    Thanks again John & panel for a great podcast.

  4. Sam Andy Reply

    How awesomely ironic to actually see your book displayed in the bookstore across the street from the dance on your way to the dance! You sound like a really neat person and I can’t wait to read your book. Good for you for keeping a good balance in your life. I’m sure Mr. Right is out there — maybe your book will flush him out. He will be a very lucky man.

    Thanks again John & panel for a great podcast.

  5. george Reply

    I want to know what football game Tom missed to read a portion of the book.

    Elna, can’t wait to get and read your book. It is on my facebook wishlist. Now I just need to find someone to buy it for me. Great interview. Thanks everyone.

  6. george Reply

    I want to know what football game Tom missed to read a portion of the book.

    Elna, can’t wait to get and read your book. It is on my facebook wishlist. Now I just need to find someone to buy it for me. Great interview. Thanks everyone.

  7. Thad Reply

    I’m poor, so I’m not buying the book. But I put it on hold at my library and was informed that I’m number EIGHT on the hold list. This blew me away, seeing as how I live on an island in the Puget Sound where the Mormon population would probably fit in 2 minivans (which is, incidentally, exactly how they get around). So it looks like the book is getting some word of mouth, even on this tiny, mildewy, cold and wet island tucked away in this corner of the country.

    Great interview all, and I can’t wait to get my hands on the book! Peace!

  8. Thad Reply

    I’m poor, so I’m not buying the book. But I put it on hold at my library and was informed that I’m number EIGHT on the hold list. This blew me away, seeing as how I live on an island in the Puget Sound where the Mormon population would probably fit in 2 minivans (which is, incidentally, exactly how they get around). So it looks like the book is getting some word of mouth, even on this tiny, mildewy, cold and wet island tucked away in this corner of the country.

    Great interview all, and I can’t wait to get my hands on the book! Peace!

  9. Swearing Elder Reply

    Just ordered the book. This was one of the best podcasts. Ever. I think I’m slightly in love with Elna — so honest, so open, so curious, so willing to try and “figure it out” in a way that works for her.

  10. Swearing Elder Reply

    Just ordered the book. This was one of the best podcasts. Ever. I think I’m slightly in love with Elna — so honest, so open, so curious, so willing to try and “figure it out” in a way that works for her.

  11. John B Reply

    Fantastic podcast. Ordered the book, and putting in on Christmas lists. Elna, kudos, and THANK you for saying what you say. Your candidness is invaluable to me and I’m sure those to whom I’m recommending your work.

  12. John B Reply

    Fantastic podcast. Ordered the book, and putting in on Christmas lists. Elna, kudos, and THANK you for saying what you say. Your candidness is invaluable to me and I’m sure those to whom I’m recommending your work.

  13. Dennis Reply

    Just listened to the Podcast. I’ve read Elna’s book and we share a lot in common.

    I too went to NYU, TISCH School of the Arts but that was back in the early 80’s. At the time I was the only LDS undergrad student there at the whole university that I knew of. There were several grad students, but I was basically alone. I feel like I need to write the male response to her book….or the one where I make the choice to stick with the church and delay coming out as a non-believer and as a gay man until many years later….

    Elna is one of the most honest “believers” I’ve ever read or had the pleasure of interacting with…

    THANKS

  14. Dennis Reply

    Just listened to the Podcast. I’ve read Elna’s book and we share a lot in common.

    I too went to NYU, TISCH School of the Arts but that was back in the early 80’s. At the time I was the only LDS undergrad student there at the whole university that I knew of. There were several grad students, but I was basically alone. I feel like I need to write the male response to her book….or the one where I make the choice to stick with the church and delay coming out as a non-believer and as a gay man until many years later….

    Elna is one of the most honest “believers” I’ve ever read or had the pleasure of interacting with…

    THANKS

  15. Sandra Reply

    Just got the book, very interesting. Good interview, great points throughout the entire chat. Thanks for sharing!

  16. Sandra Reply

    Just got the book, very interesting. Good interview, great points throughout the entire chat. Thanks for sharing!

  17. Julie Reply

    I’ve read Elna’s book. She is so open minded and she makes you think in a way you never would have thought. Thats why, she is unique in her way. Thanks for sharing.

  18. Julie Reply

    I’ve read Elna’s book. She is so open minded and she makes you think in a way you never would have thought. Thats why, she is unique in her way. Thanks for sharing.

  19. Mandy Reply

    I am interviewing a writer about her novel, which is yet to be completed, and I’m slightly stuck for ideas. This is going to be my third interview with her, so many of the basic questions that I could ask have already been answered in previous interviews.

  20. Mandy Reply

    I am interviewing a writer about her novel, which is yet to be completed, and I’m slightly stuck for ideas. This is going to be my third interview with her, so many of the basic questions that I could ask have already been answered in previous interviews.

  21. Mary Reply

    It is great interview she is very open minded and also she is very interesting in her words and in her life i will love to get a copy of this.

  22. Mary Reply

    It is great interview she is very open minded and also she is very interesting in her words and in her life i will love to get a copy of this.

  23. Jackie Reply

    I read some of Elna Baker’s books and i think she can touch reader’s heart easily. Its a rare quality, i guess. Thanks for sharing and share many more with us in future.

  24. Jackie Reply

    I read some of Elna Baker’s books and i think she can touch reader’s heart easily. Its a rare quality, i guess. Thanks for sharing and share many more with us in future.

  25. Kerry Reply

    You become best friends with author as you experience everything with her. This book is full of comedy, tragedy, and situations you feel like you’ve experienced as well. I truly enjoyed it.

  26. Kerry Reply

    You become best friends with author as you experience everything with her. This book is full of comedy, tragedy, and situations you feel like you’ve experienced as well. I truly enjoyed it.

  27. NightAvatar Reply

    What is it about this podcast that has earned it ALL THIS SPAM???

    The last 10 comments or so (most of them deleted, but I see two remain) have been SPAM. Anybody know why? Almost makes me want to listen to this one after all. (I have skipped it until now because the name Elna Baker means nothing to me.)

  28. NightAvatar Reply

    What is it about this podcast that has earned it ALL THIS SPAM???

    The last 10 comments or so (most of them deleted, but I see two remain) have been SPAM. Anybody know why? Almost makes me want to listen to this one after all. (I have skipped it until now because the name Elna Baker means nothing to me.)

  29. NightAvatar Reply

    Wow, I’m glad the SPAM turned my attention to this podcast because it was REALLY GOOD! I totally fell in love with Elna, and the interview made me want to run out and buy her book. I hope she is doing well, professionally, and is very successful.

    Funny, her story is a little similar to Ellie’s from podcast #62. Ellie tried so hard to follow the church’s shallow pattern of finding a good priesthood holding male to marry (in the temple) and raise a family – until she was in her thirties! At which time she finally found out she could live her life outside and not have to follow the cookie-cutter pattern of man+wife+kids to be happy. Ellie turned out to be gay (or bisexual) and now lives a happy life with her partner and their dog. 🙂

    I hope Elna finds her true happiness and doesn’t let the church’s teachings about chastity and happiness prevent her from living a truly happy life, with or without a boyfriend/spouse.

    I only wish she could find back her old atheist boyfriend, make up with him and live together outside the shackles of Mormonism, but that’s just me. 🙂

    Regardless, I sincerely wish her the best. I wonder what she’s up to now, since she seems to have stopped updating her blog. (The last entry was almost a year ago.)

  30. NightAvatar Reply

    Wow, I’m glad the SPAM turned my attention to this podcast because it was REALLY GOOD! I totally fell in love with Elna, and the interview made me want to run out and buy her book. I hope she is doing well, professionally, and is very successful.

    Funny, her story is a little similar to Ellie’s from podcast #62. Ellie tried so hard to follow the church’s shallow pattern of finding a good priesthood holding male to marry (in the temple) and raise a family – until she was in her thirties! At which time she finally found out she could live her life outside and not have to follow the cookie-cutter pattern of man+wife+kids to be happy. Ellie turned out to be gay (or bisexual) and now lives a happy life with her partner and their dog. 🙂

    I hope Elna finds her true happiness and doesn’t let the church’s teachings about chastity and happiness prevent her from living a truly happy life, with or without a boyfriend/spouse.

    I only wish she could find back her old atheist boyfriend, make up with him and live together outside the shackles of Mormonism, but that’s just me. 🙂

    Regardless, I sincerely wish her the best. I wonder what she’s up to now, since she seems to have stopped updating her blog. (The last entry was almost a year ago.)

  31. Christine Reply

    I feel like I need to write the male response to her book….or the one where I make the choice to stick with the church and delay coming out as a non-believer and as a gay man until many years later….

  32. Christine Reply

    I feel like I need to write the male response to her book….or the one where I make the choice to stick with the church and delay coming out as a non-believer and as a gay man until many years later….

  33. sadie Reply

    This is going to be my third interview with her, so many of the basic questions that I could ask have already been answered in previous interviews.

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  35. Sandra Hopkins Reply

    Thanks for sharing this interview. You’d rarely get to talk to a very special person, you’re just so lucky.

  36. Allison Clark Reply

    I hope Elna finds her true happiness and doesn’t let the church’s teachings about chastity and happiness prevent her from living a truly happy life, with or without a boyfriend/spouse.

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