AtBaP premieres its series of writer talks with Beth Fehlbaum, author of COURAGE IN PATIENCE.
For the month of August, the series will focus on the subject of Faith & Writing.
Our panel was asked the following question: How does your faith, your spirituality integrate itself into your writing?
Want to see what Beth had to say about the question? Here's an excerpt:
I strongly believe that religion should not be used as a tool to tear people down. I think that belief comes through in my debut novel, Courage in Patience, a story of hope for those who have endured abuse.
Courage in Patience's protagonist is a fifteen-year-old girl named Ashley Nicole Asher. Ashley is removed from her mother's home because her stepfather is suspected of sexually abusing her. But even before she is removed from her home, she experiences what becomes for her a crystallizing moment that colors forever her perception of fundamentalist churches. This happens when her classmates who, while not really friends, pretty-much ignored her, change into born-again "zombies" who are intensely interested in whether or not Ashley is "saved."
While you're there, think about the question in regards to your own writing...or reading and LEAVE COMMENTS!