Appalachian Writers

Roy Pipes Has a New Book!

cover of a book gone like a candle in the wind

Blind Pig reader Roy Pipes has a new book “Gone Like a Candle in the Wind.”

The book tells the story of William, Elizabeth, and Edward. Three friends who grew up in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Here’s a short description about the book from Roy.

“Gone Like A Candle In The Wind is a story of three young people, William, Elizabeth, and Edward, growing up in a farming community in the Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina. It is suitable for adults and young adults. It is a story of egos, psychological disorders, and anxieties making it a riveting thriller with tension, stress, and danger. It is action packed and fast moving, full of surprises, suspense, and mystery. It contains a mix of obsessions, instabilities, and deceptions. These characteristics make this novel stand out from others. Gone Like A Candle In The Wind begins with William, Elizabeth, and their friend Edward graduating from high school. Edward, the son of a tenant farmer and class valedictorian announced he was departing to find work in Atlanta. Edward is not seen or heard from again for almost seven years. William and Elizabeth search for him through turbulent times, times filled with many twists and turns, and when they find Edward he is in a downward spiral.In high school, William and Edward were the best of friends, or so William thought, but Edward’s friendship proved to be a deception, and Edward, himself, proved to be a fraud.”

I really enjoyed the book. To purchase “Gone Like A Candle In The Wind” and to see Roy’s other books visit his Amazon page here. I’d like to tell you which character made me the maddest, but I don’t want to be a spoiler 🙂


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  • Reply
    Hank Skewis
    July 27, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    Hi. I wanted to comment on your previous post re: Appalachian words. I’m learning a W VA fiddle tune by the name of “Buckhorn Handle & a Barlow Blade.” And 2 tunes, “Boogerman” and “Johnny Booger.” Thought that was kinda interesting…

    Enjoy your blog! Sincerely, Hank Skewis

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    Roy Pipes
    July 27, 2019 at 11:15 am

    Thank you Tipper. Gone like a Candle in the Wind is my seventh novel about Appalachia. Anyone interested can go to, click on books, type in my name William Roy Pipes and see a list of my books. A few pages can be read free.

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    Ken Roper
    July 27, 2019 at 9:16 am

    Roy Pipes is a Good Person. I was fortunate to have him in about the 10 th. grade, my oldest daughter, Lauralea had him 20 or 21 years later and we both loved him. If his books are anything like his teaching ways, then you’ll love him too. The same goes for Sam Webb, mine and later, my oldest Daughter, taught us Driver’s Education. I was proud to go to Andrews and all my teachers that helped guide my life. …Ken

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    Ed Karshner
    July 27, 2019 at 8:51 am

    Congratulations to Roy! This sounds like a good book. There is so much great writing coming out from Appalachia right now. I can’t keep up.

    I’m glad to hear so many voices talking about the region.

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    Ron Stephens
    July 27, 2019 at 8:46 am

    I am always in the lookout for books set in Appalachia and written by Appalachianers. Like many of us, I get so aggravated with the tired old stories written by outlanders about moonshine, drugs, mayhem and poverty. While I know some of that is around, it is not the Appalachia I know. There are other universal themes that we can relate to; boom and bust economic cycles, moving away to make a living but never feeling at home, feeling out of place in a strange world and so on. Probably, Tipper, that is why I like your posts so. They are about the Appalachia I know and love and are by an authentic voice. And your regular readers are the same. You all feel to me as if you grew up in the same ridge I did a couple of houses over.

  • Reply
    Miss Cindy
    July 27, 2019 at 8:40 am

    Tip, that sounds like a good read!

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