Bethany Pierce was born in Mount Vernon, Ohio to a Christian minister and an elementary school art teacher who encouraged the reading of books by storing the television on a microwave stand in the hall closet. In 2006, she graduated from Miami University of Oxford, Ohio with a B.F.A. in painting and an M.A. in creative writing. Her first novel, Feeling for Bones, was named one of the best books of 2007 by Publishers Weekly. Presently, she lives in Charlottesville, Virginia where she writes and paints as a member of the McGuffey Art Center.