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Robert Elias Ballard (Fiddleman)

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I am Robert Elias Ballard, married to Pearlie Jane (PJ) for 45 years on November 24, 2017. We live in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina in the community of Zirconia, North Carolina in (Henderson County) along with our son, Gary. I am a retired blue collar worker having worked for General Electric Outdoor Lighting Systems for approximately 30 years, retiring in 2003. My wife and I also worked for Falling Creek Camp for Boys for over 17 years, she as a dietitian and I as a dishwasher. Recently we have worked for Camp Tekoa, a Methodist camp near the city of Hendersonville on a part time basis. 

I enjoy writing stories based on my childhood memories and those of the people I knew in and around the cotton mill village of Tuxedo, North Carolina where I grew up in the 1950's and 1960's. 

If you like short reads with simple content about various life experiences,
then you're sure to enjoy my books. Some of my writings are inspirational and some have a humorous twist. All are written in simple everyday language that is candid with clean down to earth vernacular reflecting the roots and values from the mountains of Appalachia.

I am also a musician and play several instruments, the guitar, banjo, and fiddle. My son, Gary and I enjoy playing bluegrass and gospel music along with two of our friends. Our music is typical of our roots and we often play in churches and extended care facilities. As a family, we sing in our church and other religious or community events.

I suppose the greatest compliment a writer can receive is that folks appreciate and resonate with your experiences. Many who have bought my books have swelled my head with their words of kindness,ie I just couldn't put the book down. One like Kelvin Johns from Raleigh, NC likens my writing to those of James Mitchner while others have called me from distant places who grew up in the little mill village of Tuxedo and expressed their appreciation for my writing a book about the area where they grew up, some with sad memories. Another lady told me my writings reminded her of the writings of Laura Ingles Wilder. 

It has been my goal all along to preserve some of our local history and maybe ignite memories of others, in this I have already succeeded.

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