"An Appalachian Mountain Project preserving the culture and traditions of the mountain people." -- T.p. (worldcat.org)
Includes verbatim interviews.
The Story of Appalachia
3 non-fiction books
1 fiction (co-author)
Scotland National Library selects B. L. Dotson-Lewis,3 non-fiction Books on Appalachia to bridge the Early Settlers' Gap to America. These books are now included in Scotland's International Library (4/27/2013).
Betty Dotson-Lewis was born in the coalfields of southwest Virginia in Buchanan County where her family had deep roots in the coal and timber industries. Her dad moved his big family to a forty-two-acre farm high in the remote hills of Nicholas County, West Virginia when she was still a young girl. He was in pursuit of bigger game to hunt and bigger timber to cut. There in the mountains, Betty was raised surrounded by coal miners, coon hunters, and storytellers.
She hadn't considered writing and publishing as part of her immediate plans since she was already employed in a time-consuming job for the Nicholas County Public School system. However, if you believe there is a Master Plan for each of us, then, you will understand how it came upon her to document the life and death of the Appalachian coal miner, his family and friends. This Appalachian Mountain Project became her passion and purpose. Through a series of unusual visionary dreams and a continuous stream of support from those whose stories she documented, she realized this was, indeed, part of her Master Plan.
Betty Dotson-Lewis has a son and daughter. Her hometown is Summersville, West Virginia although she currently resides in North Carolina. She graduated from Nicholas County High School and studied at Berea College in Berea, Kentucky.
B. L. Dotson Lewis Books: non-fiction (these books are filled with oral histories, black & white photos) coffee table size
"Appalachia, Spirit Triumphant, a cultural odyssey of Appalachia"
"Sago Mine Disaster, Appalachian Coalfield Stories"
"The Sunny Side of Appalachia, Bluegrass From the Grassroots"
Betty Dotson-Lewis, co-author of novel:
"The Girl From Stretchneck Holler, Inside Appalachia"