“You must be from the city!” Sales at astronomical rate.


Jefferson Post

West Jefferson, N.C.

Former Ashe resident dedicates novel to county

by Will Petty Staff Writer jpetty@civitasmedia.com

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Barbara C. Rowe was always a writer, even when she lived in the Ashe County countryside under the name of Barbara Shepherd Ryan.

“As a teenager I wrote song lyrics, so (writing) came easily for me, to express myself in poetic verse,” Rowe said. “The inspiration for me was venting in an artistic matter. I had to vent all of those emotions, so I just started writing.”

Now, Rowe has dedicated one of her more recent novels, “You Must be From the City,” to the people of Ashe County.

“People are more laid back there, you can be a new person that everybody knows,” Rowe who now lives south of Lubbock, Texas said. “People in Ashe County are more cordial. Everything is about family, God and neighbors.”

The stories in “You Must be From the City,” are a series of short stories that focus on Rowe’s time living in the area. Rowe writes about keeping slugs out of her garden by using beer, roasting chestnuts during the winter and being chased by a bull.

Rowe said she has never driven fast on country roads, so when she saw what she believed to be a cow in the middle of the road between Wilkesboro and Jefferson, she decided to “shoo” it off the road.

“I was trying to shoo this cow and it started chasing me,” she said. “I ran up these ladies’ steps and knocked on the door asking if I could call somebody because a cow was chasing me. I guess they probably knew it was a bull, because they slammed the door.”

In her book, the story of the raging bull is called “Good Samaritan.” The story had taken place two years after her husband passed away and she was moving back to the county from Wilkesboro.

During her time in West Jefferson, Rowe also worked as a painter. She had an art gallery above Cutter’s Edge downtown and taught classes.

After the passing of her husband, Rowe gave up painting and focused solely on writing.

“I had stopped painting,” she said. “I just could not paint anymore for some reason, so I vented in another form.

The author of several books, Rowe plans to release an additional five books in 2014 including children’s books and romance novels. Her novel about Ashe County, though, was one where she wanted to invoke an emotion of happiness.

“If somebody had a really lousy day, I want them to be able to open that book and laugh,” she said. “I hope I have succeeded, and so far I think I have.”

For more information on how to order the book, go to http://www.barbaracroweauthor.wordpress.com or Amazon.com.


8 thoughts on ““You must be from the city!” Sales at astronomical rate.

  1. I’m sorry 😦 to hear about husband’s death, Barbara. I’m glad and happy for you to make people laugh in your writing. But I laugh whenever I read manga 🙂


    • My husband died in 2002. We had been married for only a year and a half when he was killed in an automobile accident. In 2007 I married my husband now….who is my soul mate and that much of my writing is about. Thank you for you loving heart.

      • Hey Barb! Not sure if you saw my earlier post so I decided to drop you a few extra lines. I am so excited for you and your success. We miss you here in Ashe but we wish you lots of luck and love. Shannie 🙂

      • Hello my Dear friend. It is such a joy to here from you. Thank you for the well wishes. I am happily married, a new life with much joy and many blessings. God has been good to us.
        I hope you read one of my books. I know you would love them. Much love, Barb

      • I hope to read all of your books. In fact, I have already started adding them to my wish list. Your journey has been long, I know, but every step had a purpose in God’s plan for you. I am so very happy for you. Look me up if you ever come back this way. Shannie

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