Appalachian Writers

Appalachian Writers

Charles fletcher
I first met Charles Fletcher over a year ago-I can’t remember how we met for sure if it was through the Blind Pig or maybe through The Read on WNC. But it didn’t take us long to figure out we had much in common. We both shared a great love for Western NC and East TN-the mountains-the culture-the traditions-and most of all the people. As often happens when you make new friends-we discovered we had a personal connection too-Charles’s baby brother, TJ, was Papaw Tony’s boss at the mill.

Charles was born on April 1, 1922 and spent most of his childhood in Haywood County NC, in the Canton area. To say Charles has led an interesting life is an understatement.

He enjoyed the childhood of many mountain boys-helping his family-roaming the mountains to hunt and fish-and finding enjoyment in the simple things of life.

As Charles neared adulthood he worked at a CCC Camp. With WWII building it wasn’t long before he was drafted and sent over seas-he has memories and stories to share from those days.

Once Charles returned home after the war he was married and after attending college he received a degree in Industrial Electrical Engineering. For a while he worked at the Champion International Paper Mill in Canton but was offered a job at the new Bowater Plant in Cleveland TN. Charles accepted the job at Bowater and was there from the very beginning-it was still being built when Charles relocated his family to Cleveland.

Throughout the years of working for Bowater Charles traveled to such exotic places as New Zeland to do the work of the company. He raised a family and enjoyed life in the Cleveland area with his wife.

Charles told me he never thought about being a writer-the most writing he did was to type up engineer reports for work. After 60 years of marriage he lost his lovely wife. Charles was retired with more time on his hands and his grandkids were always asking him what it was like in the old days-so he decided to write down some of his memories for them.

Once Charles started writing he discovered he liked it-and even better other folks enjoyed reading what he wrote.

Today Charles has 4 published books under his belt and is working on a new one. The first 2-Out West And Back and The Panther On Cold Mountain and Other Stories-are true stories about Charles’s life growing up in Western NC, going over seas, and his life in Cleveland TN. The second 2-Little Sam Mountain and The Sheriff are fictional stories based on life in Western NC.

Charles’s was recently awarded the prestigious Clark Cox Historical Fiction Award by The North Carolina Society of Historians for Little Sam Mountain.

Charles Fletcher is one of the most fascinating men I’ve ever met-in addition to the interesting life he’s led he’s a top notch woodworking craftsman. I could go on and on about his life-but I want you to read it straight from him. I highly encourage you to read his books. The first 2-Out West And Back and The Panther On Cold Mountain and Other Stories are a must read for anyone who is interested in what life was like in the southern highlands of Appalachia during the last 80 years.

You can find his books at the Blue Ridge Book Store in Waynesville, NC or you can order them straight from him by emailing him at [email protected]




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    Pat in east TN
    November 25, 2010 at 6:55 am

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours Tipper and thanks for the input on Mr. Fletcher … definitely some books I’d like to get ahold of.

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    Vicki Lane
    November 24, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    I look forward to learning more about Mr. Fletcher!
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, Tipper!

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    Uncle Al
    November 24, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    Evening to you Tipper and all the Blind Pig readers. I want to wish all a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving. ,My interest has been piqued with Mr. Fletcher.
    Even though I’ve been a reader of Blind Pig for only a few months, I sure have learned a lot and have put many ideas, recipe’s and such to work.

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    November 24, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    Tipper, Charles’ books sound like something I would LOVE to read. Thank you for featuring him in your blog.
    Speaking of reading, drop by my Writing Nook when you can and check out my latest.
    Hope you and your family are well. I’ve missed reading your posts.

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    November 24, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving to the Blind Pig family and all its readers.
    Looking forward to reading one of
    Mr. Fletcher’s stories, especially
    of his childhood…Ken

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    Jim Casada
    November 24, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    Tipper–You just sold some books for Fletcher. I’m a writer and know how much such sales mean, but more to the point, I’m a bibliomaniac who tries to get his hands on most everything written (leaning more towards factual treatments than fiction) with the subject setting in the Smokies. A personal library of somewhere around 15,000 volumes attests to the delightful disease which embraces my soul. It’s the bane of Miss Ann’s existence, but I find books mighty comforting. Keep up the Appalachian Writers coverage, and if you ever want a list of “possibles,” I can give you a passel.
    For now, the happiest of Thanksgivings to all the Blind Pig gang. Hope you sell a bunch of stuff this weekend, that guitar notes are always in tune, and that voices always ring true.
    For my part, reckon I’ll go deer hunting and contemplate the natural world. No better way to soothe the soul.
    Jim Casada

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    Miss Cindy
    November 24, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Tipper, you sure do have a knack for finding some interesting people! I’m looking forward to tomorrows story.
    A joyous Thanksgiving to all the Blind Pig family and followers!

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    Brenda Kay Ledford
    November 24, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Thanks for the profile on Charles. Sounds like a terrific writer. I’m always glad to learn about another Appalachian writer. I want to read his books.
    I hope you and your family have a fabulous Thanksgiving.
    I enjoy your blog very much.

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    November 24, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving. Yes, I plan to eat a bunch of turkey and dressing tomorrow. Just now have baked 4 pies, so will be plenty of food. Will look for Mr. Fletcher’s books. Sounds like good reading.

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    Mike McLain
    November 24, 2010 at 10:27 am

    I will have to check out these works.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Tipper, and also to the folks who enjoy Blind Pig & the Acorn.

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    Sheryl Paul
    November 24, 2010 at 9:31 am

    I haven’t read any of those books, but I am going to. Thanks for the recommendation.

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    November 24, 2010 at 8:59 am

    Mr. Fletcher sounds like one person I could spend the day with, just listening.
    I’m looking forward to the mystery!!

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    November 24, 2010 at 8:43 am

    Thanks for the recommendation! Happy Thanksgiving, Tipper.

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