Farewell Andy Barker

It saddens me to hear that the founder of Love Valley, NC passed away yesterday. Andy Barker was a visionary who leaves his influence on the history of Iredell County, NC.

 He wanted to be a cowboy so he built a town in 1954. People from around the world traveled to meet Andy and see his cowboy town.

 Andy and Ellenora Barker became my friends as I researched my novel, Grow Old With Me. We chatted in Andy’s Hardware Store, laughed around the table in his home, and talked about life in Love Valley.

I’m thankful I had the opportunity to go to Love Valley in April, hold a book signing, and autograph a copy for Andy and his wife Ellenora. It was an honor to spend time with his granddaughter, and attend church with his daughter.

Grow Old With Me is a work of fiction set in Andy’s vibrant old-west-style town. To see more pictures of Love Valley, NC visit my website http://www.melindaevaul.com

North Carolina lost a great man this week.

If God has horses in heaven, I’m sure Andy Barker is riding a fine one today. Farewell to a special man.

Spring Flings

Wow! It’s been ages since I posted. I’ve been on the road with book signings or taking care of my two grandsons.


Let’s see, I was toasty at the Mardi Gras street festival in Dayton, TN. The Red Hat ladies particularly enjoyed themselves.

The Tri-County Quilters group gave me a warm welcome. One of the members brought her circa 1920’s Carpenters Wheel quilt. You’ll find more pics on their site.

I spoke about “Navigating the Changing World of Publishing” at the Christian Writers Fellowship in Clyde, NC. It was fun to spend several days with a good friend in the Waynesville, NC area.




Spending Easter weekend in Love Valley, NC

 was unique. There’s a special place in my heart for the people in that town. “Grow Old With Me” is set in this old west-style horse lovers’ haven. Wish I’d been there on a rodeo weekend.


Hubby and I spent two wonderful nights at the Ledford Mill Bed and Breakfast while attending the Lynchburg, TN Spring in the Hollow festival. I love making new friends at book signings. The Ladies Handiwork Shop hosted me, and the town held a quilt harvest with some amazing pieces brought in by locals and tourists.


I hope you enjoy a few pictures from these trips. I have more on Facebook and  my website. Hop over there for a look. All of the photos are available as note cards.