Artie Royal has had a rough life - he's suffered more loss and rejection than anyone should have to bear. Still, he rises above the problems confronting him, and he does it with charity and grace and understanding. In fact, it eventually becomes as easy for him to push his concerns aside as it was at age eight to soar down Main Street on that blue bike, wind whistling in his ears.
Bob gives an overview of the book:
We live in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, and we're safe from most unsavory creatures of the South, such as mosquitoes, flies, and roaches. But recently, when I lifted the lid on the pump container for our fish pond, a glassy-eyed copperhead stared back. I can't get rid of him, so I guess he's a member of the family now.
I've been a North Carolina Writers Network writer-in-residence at Peace College under Doris Betts' guiding hand. In the early '90s, I was the editor of a small literary journal,The Rural Sophisticate, based in Georgia. My work has appeared in The...