Troylyn Ball is the first woman ever licensed to legally distill hard liquor in North Carolina, but there’s much more to this feisty Texan girl who now calls Asheville, North Carolina home. Ball is credited as the first woman in America to found a whiskey distillery in modern times, the Asheville Distilling Company, the makers of the award winning Troy & Sons whiskey. Troy is a wife, mother, author, artist, entrepreneur and the list goes on….. Her story is captivating the nation in her newly released book, Pure Heart: A Spirited Tale of Grace, Grit, and Whiskey. Her tale of perseverance to save her family from financial ruin while caring for her two developmentally challenged special needs children is a lesson in faith and ingenuity. This Moonshine Mama as she’s called is as down home as her whiskey and will capture your heart.
Troylyn Ball and her husband, Charlie, an engineer and real estate developer, had spent their entire lives in Texas. But after a near fatal trip to the emergency room with their non-verbal, wheelchair-bound son Marshall, they admitted the dust and the heat were too dangerous. To save their boys, the Balls cashed out, sold their beloved farm, and moved to Asheville, North Carolina.
Nearing fifty, Troy thought her chance at adventure had passed. But in this booming little Appalachian Mountain city of hippies, farmers, artisans, and retirees, she unexpectedly discovered a support network and something she’d never had in twenty-five years of providing round-the-clock care for her special needs boys: the freedom to pursue her own dreams. She struck up a friendship with a legendary eighty-year-old raconteur from the mountains, met his friends, and soon found herself in a rickety country shack with an ingeniously inventive retired farmer trying to create the best recipe ever for traditional mountain moonshine.
But when the real estate bubble burst and the collapse of her husband Charlie’s new venture in Asheville left them deeply in debt, Troy realized her ten-year business plan for Troy & Sons Platinum Whiskey wasn’t enough. If she was going to save her family—and she was definitely going to save her family—she needed to become the most successful woman in the legal whiskey business. And she needed to do it fast, before the bank took her house, her business, and everything she’d worked so hard to achieve.
Full of eccentric characters and charming locations—from a "haunted" cabin in the mountains to the last farm in the world to grow heritage Crooked Creek corn—Pure Heart is a charming story of a woman who set out to find a purpose in the most unexpected of places, and ended up finding happiness, contentment, and a community of love and respect.