Author: Doodlebug, Doodlebug, Your House is on Fire

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Doodlebug, Doodlebug, Your House is on Fire

                                                        Book Proposal

Doodlebug, Doodlebug, Your House on Fire is a murder mystery.

The author, Dr. W. Roy Pipes, puts his love and knowledge of the Appalachian Mountains and the people who live there into an intriguing murder mystery involving a three year old boy, the only witness to the murders of his family, murdered by a gang out of Mexico. This gang was searching for a distant cousin suspected of stealing a large sum of money.

The three year old boy, raised by his grandparents, grows up, meets the girl who becomes his wife and the two of them search together for the murderers. Their search places them in danger, and takes them across the United States, into Mexico, and connects them with Bogotá, Colombia.

The novel begins, in 1940 in the Western North Carolina Mountains of Appalachia. It is a search involving conspiracy, trickery, and deception, with the plot embracing the historical life style of that time and location. As the couple search, that time in history comes to life.

Doodlebug, Doodlebug, Your House is on Fire is written for adults, but is suitable for young adults.  People are intrigued by the lifestyle of the 1940s and 50s, and the people of the Appalachian Mountains in the early twentieth century are captivating and moving.

The many facets of the search for the killers by the couple keep the readers interested and turning pages.  Karen Colvard stated in her critique, “Roy, I found Doodlebug thoroughly enjoyable: your writing style is straightforward, and the plot kept moving forward. I didn’t get bored or bogged down as I read it, and the details of the setting and people seemed realistic and plausible. Other than the murder mystery itself, the best parts of the book are the personal parts: the couple falling in love, building a career – all the autobiographical parts, but the plot holds all the local color together.”

This is my first fiction, but I have written and had published several articles related to education. These include:  Dissertation: The Administrator’s Role in Enhancing the Teaching of Thinking Skills, University of Georgia, 1987; Teaching Thinking and Reasoning Skills Using the 3Rs, Cherokee County Schools, NC, l986;  Basis Education Developed for NC, WNC Business Journal, September, 1987.

I am presently writing my second novel, Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, also a murder mystery.  I am a retired college professor. 

I have been actively building an Author’s Platform: See my Website:,

Many people are charmed today with the Appalachian Region. Many novels have been written using Appalachia as the background. Some have become best sellers: Sharon McCrumb’s She Walks these Hills and The Songcatcher; W. Dale Cramer’s Stutter’s Cross; and Charles Frazier’s Cold Mountain, Thirteen Moons, and now Nightwoods. These all take place in Appalachia. I have recently read, Nightwoods and Charles Frazier’s references to the rich Appalachian landscape. One quote, “Luce finally fell asleep every night listening to WLAC out of Nashville. Little Willie John, Howling’ Wolf, Maurice Williams, James Brown.

The novel is complete with 66,300 words and forty three chapters.