In addition to farming,
surveying, and raising six children, Peggy Poe Stern also finds time to raise small dogs, and care for all kinds of orphaned
animals. These two young deer seem to appreciate the attention.
Poe Stern is all mountain, and proud of it.
heritage shows from head to toe - in her tough, work-worn hands, and in the easy,
flowing cadence of her mountain voice.
the best writers write about what they know, then Stern is already miles down the right road.
married at 17, is a mother of six children (although she said her husband wanted an even dozen), a tobacco farmer, an
assistant land surveyor, a traveling Christmas tree seller.
loves living things, young children, small animals, things that give life.
when her children were grown did she find time to write, and soon after bought the equipment to publish her own books.
with 10 books and novels to her credit, she is becoming a favorite author for people who like to read authentic stories about
life in Appalachia.
was raised in a remote mountain hollow in Ashe County, and has spent pretty much every day of her life absorbed in some kind of farm work.
first-hand knowledge of country life, its ties to the changing seasons, the subtle shifts of the earth and heavens are
evident in her writing.
High", was her first book, a vivid description of life as she saw it growing up in rural North Carolina.
though it was not that long ago, she said the life she knew is gone.
heritage is disappearing," she said. "And I wanted to show the people how it was at that time."
novel, "Wild Thing" tells the story of a cast-off orphan who struggles to survive in a harsh and unforgiving wilderness.
like, "Heaven High", "Mountain Splendor", and "The Hills of Home" show the author's love for the people and mountains of western
even though the books reveal much about the author's life, Stern said her goal has always been to pass along a glimpse
of life as it once was for all people living in this part of the world.
off, I wanted to entertain," she said. "Second, I wanted to give people some information - a little something to
has the knack for storytelling, and she has paid attention to the events of her time -
especially things that happen in the mountains.
even though the times, and people, are changing -Stern takes the good with the bad.
hate for our culture to go," she said.
I see so many improvements. You just live with what you've got."
Peggy Poe Stern has written ten books about Appalachian
life, drawing from her childhood in rural Ashe County. She now lives in Foscoe.