Author: Doodlebug, Doodlebug, Your House is on Fire



       William “Roy” Pipes, Author

         917 Upper Peachtree Road

             Murphy, NC 28906

          July, 2013 – Volume 3



This is my third newsletter. I hope to mail one every couple of months. If you know someone who might like to receive this newsletter please send me their email address, or have them send me their email address.

Principally this newsletter is to keep you updated on the status of my novel, Darby, plus future novels.                                                                    


Both the paper copy and the e-book version of Darby are now available through,  Barnes and Noble, Ecanus Publishing and your local book store who can order direct from the publisher: or Baker and Taylor. 

The print version is now on sale at bookstores. Every book store might not have Darby in stock, but they will order for you.  If you read Darby as an e-book or a paperback please give it a review.  Please tell your friends about Darby. Thank You.



Darby is an Appalachian community deep in the mountains of Western North Carolina. The novel Darby tells a story of danger, suspense, romance and intrigue interwoven with the history and culture of the Appalachians.

Darby is a novel that is set in the austere and somber beauty of WNC. Darby is a lovely, picturesque community in rural Wilkes County, NC.

The author’s Father was born in Darby, North Carolina and told him a story of a man he found standing in the middle of Elk Creek bleeding from a stab wound to his stomach. The man knew his father and said, in the Appalachian dialect of 1895, “Clen, I’m stobbed and I’m stobbed bad.” His Father got the man to the creek bank, where he died.

William Pipes took that true story told to him by his father many years earlier, and wrote Darby. Lovers of Appalachia will enjoy the two family saga taking place at a time in history when many of the modern conveniences of today were unknown. Those who are unfamiliar with Appalachia and the dialect of that era, and to some extent the dialect still spoken today, will come to also love, respect and understand the people of Appalachia.

Darby begins with the death of George Waldroup, the man who was standing in the middle of Elk Creek, and found by Floyd Caldwell, a neighbor. Floyd Caldwell tried to save George Waldroup, but Waldroup died. Waldroup’s family blamed Floyd Caldwell, and the family came to believe Floyd Caldwell killed him. This blame developed into a feud rivaling the one between the West Virginia-Kentucky Hatfield-McCoy of the late 1800s.

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