Beth Carter was born and raised in Statesville, NC. She received her undergraduate degree in Speech Language Pathology at UNC-Greensboro and her Master’s degree at Appalachian State University. Beth comes from a long line of storytellers and has been “spinnin’ her yarns” her entire adult life. About 10 years ago she and her family purchased a small place outside of Lansing in Ashe County, NC. After meeting many of the area’s unique people, Beth began telling stories as a fictional character named Sudie Mae Carter. Sudie Mae, Beth’s “identical twin cousin”, grew up a very poor girl in rural Appalachia. Now, as an adult, she enjoys sharing stories of her childhood. Her stories have been known to frighten some young children, evoke joy and laughter to most, and above all demonstrate the power to transform the listeners’ perception of her “little bitty part of heaven.” Through her storytell ing, she preserves her culture and moral values of western NC. Sudie Mae loves talking to just about anyone with ears to listen.
By day, Beth loves her job as a public school Speech Language Pathologist. She provides services to students from 3-22 years of age and frequently shares her passion for oral storytelling with them.
Beth has authored two children’s books entitled, The Lonely Little Sea Shell and The Promise of the Buckeye, which focus on the two places in NC that she loves most, the beach and the mountains.
Beth lives with her husband, two dogs, and one cat in Statesville, NC. Her family of two sons and daughters-in-law, one granddaughter, one grandson and one grandson “on the way” support her and are often fodder for her stories.
Age Groups: Adult Audiences, Family Audiences, High School/Young Adult, Middle School, Preschool, Primary, Senior Adults, Upper Elementary
Story Types: Bible/ Spiritual/ Sacred, Character Education, Family / Personal, Folk Tales / Fairy Tales/ Fables / Tall Tales, Ghost/ Scary, Holidays, Humor, Literary, Multicultural, Original, With Puppets / Props
Workshops for: Business / Corporate, Educators, Librarians, Religious Groups, Storytellers, Students