Beth Fehlbaum is the author of the YA novels Find the Moon, Big Fat Disaster, The Patience Trilogy (Courage in Patience, Hope in Patience, and Truth in Patience), and co-author of the creative non-fiction book Trauma Recovery: Sessions with Dr. Matt (Ayni Books).
She is a secondary English teacher in a small rural district, which is her favorite size of district in which to work, and in which her books tend to be set. Authenticity and finding one’s voice are frequent themes in Beth’s work, and they are absolutely essential themes in her life, as well.
Beth has a B.A. in English, Minor in Secondary Education, and an M.Ed. in Reading.
Beth is in-demand as an author-panelist, having presented/appeared at the Texas Library Association Annual Conference, the American Library Association’s annual conference, YALSA, N.C.T.E./ALAN, and numerous YA book festivals. She’s a member of The Author’s Guild, SCBWI, the Editorial Freelancers’ Association, and the Texas Federation of Teachers.
She loves doing school visits and meeting teens, teachers, and librarians!
Beth lives in the woods of East Texas in a house on a slice of family acreage. The home was built by her family over one very hot humid summer, a task she wishes never to repeat again. This sanctuary-of-sorts is lined by pine trees, and the woods are inhabited by raccoons, possums, and feral cats. All of these creatures appear to consider Beth their cat-food-providing goddess. There is no place she would rather be.
10 Random Things About Beth, in her own words:
- I’m an animal lover, and I always name the animals in my books after those in my family, like the dogs in Find the Moon—Jake, Kevin, and Chase—as well as the Nigerian dwarf goats, Onslow and Daisy.
- I am a fierce advocate for children and abuse victims.
- My daughter got me started on watching “90 Day Fiancé,” and I. Can’t. Stop.
- I met my husband when we were 14 and 15, and we’ve been together ever since.
- I mostly listen to true crime podcasts when I’m driving or cleaning the house, and I watch so much “Snapped” that my husband is convinced that I’m planning something nefarious.
- I began writing The Patience Trilogy when I was in therapy to recover from Childhood Sexual Abuse. Struggling with shame at the time, I found grace and mercy for myself by writing about someone else having endured much the same trauma as I did. Writing Courage in Patience helped me find my voice as an author!
- I drew on a lot of my own experiences with Binge Eating Disorder to write Colby’s story in Big Fat Disaster.
- Find the Moon is the most challenging book I’ve ever written. I love Kylie and her family—especially her potty-mouthed grandmother and star-gazing grandfather!
- I don’t believe that all novels need a Happily-Ever-After ending, but they must have a HOPEFUL ending.
- I’m on Facebook. Feel free to friend me! I’m also on Twitter, and this is my Amazon author page.