WNC writer pens follow-up to Wilkes-based novel

By Jesse Campbell (jesse.campbell@mountaintimes.com)

Article Published: Apr. 10 | Modified: Apr. 10

Roy Pipes has struck again.

Due to popular demand, Pipes has penned a follow-up to his 2012 debut novel, “Darby,” with “Hanging Dog: An Appalachian Community.”

The sequel picks up where “Darby” left off, but Pipes revisits a few key characters and moments to better flesh out his compelling story.

“Darby” was set in a small farming community in the foothills of nearby Wilkes County before moving up the mountain into Watauga County and Tennessee.

While certain aspects of both books are based on real-life events, the storylines are both fictional, Pipes said.

The first book in the series focuses on an ever-evolving family feud that started with a dying man in a creek and the crude accusations that followed.

In the follow-up, “Hanging Dog” is a story of the love and struggles of a young couple and their two small children. Isaac Caldwell, after surviving World War II, purchased a small farm in the Appalachian community of Hanging Dog in Western North Carolina. Isaac and his wife, Shirley, were looking forward to their new life and welcoming the struggles of making their small farm a success.
More violence, drama and love ensue in this follow-up to Darby, Pipes said.

“I just picked up where Darby left off,” he said. “It could be read as a standalone, but more enjoyable if you have read ‘Darby’ first. A lot of the same people are in both novels.”

“Hanging Dog” and “Darby” are currently available at http://www.amazon.com.

About Pipes

Born and raised in Murphy, Pipes attended college at Western Carolina University, before later earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Clemson and Georgia universities, respectively.

During his tenure in education, Pipes has taught at both the high school and collegiate level. Following his retirement, Pipes began to dabble a little in writing, before deciding on his next career path, which he hopes is that of an accomplished novelist.

Pipes is currently working on a third novel, and he is still seeking a publisher for his first novel, “Doodlebug, Doodlebug, Your House is On Fire.”

He currently splits his time between residences in North Carolina and Florida.

In addition to “Darby” and “Hanging Dog,” Pipes has also penned “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.”
For more information, visit http://www.roypipes.com

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