Award-Winning Southern Writer

Sharyn McCrumb is best known for her Appalachian "Ballad" novels, including the New York Times best sellers The Ballad of Tom Dooley, The Ballad of Frankie Silver, and Ghost Riders, which won the Wilma Dykeman Award for Literature from the East Tennessee Historical Society and the national Audie Award for Best Recorded Book. Her current novel Prayers the Devil Answers was published in 2016 by Atria, a division of Simon & Schuster. The Unquiet Grave, the story of West Virginia's Greenbrier Ghost, will be published in September 2017.

"The Unquiet Grave" Book Premier

Hosted by the Greenbrier Historical Society

The publication party for "The Unquiet Grave" will take place on Sunday, September 10 from 1-4 p.m. in the WVU Building at the West Virginia Fairgrounds in Lewisburg, WV. Author Sharyn McCrumb will talk about the novel, a retelling of America's most famous ghost story, the Greenbrier Ghost, and she will sign books.

The event, hosted by the Greenbrier Historical Society, will offer refreshments. Proceeds from book sales will benefit the historical society.


Prgoram at Crossnore School

The Western North Carolina Novels

Sharyn McCrumb will discuss two of her western North Carolina novels at a special program in the Hayes Fine Arts Building of the Crossnore School on Wednesday, September 13 at 10:00 a.m.

The program, which is free and open to anyone, will feature "King's Mountain" for the attendees from the local DAR chapter, and "The Ballad of Frankie Silver" for the Crossnore students who are studying the novel in their literature classes.


The Unquiet Grave on Audio

Read by Roger Casey and Candace Thaxton

The Unquiet Grave will be available as an audiobook from @SimonAudio on September 12th. Pre-order yours from Audible.com.


The Ballad Program

September 30 in Evansville, Indiana

Evansville, Indiana~ On Saturday evening September 30, Sharyn McCrumb and award-winning Bluegrass musician Jack Hinshelwood will present "Words & Music," a program on which Sharyn discusses and reads from her Ballad novels, and Jack plays the traditional tunes associated with each book. The program will be held at 7:00 p.m. at the Willard Library, 21 First Avenue, Evansville IN.


Sharyn McCrumb Honored With National DAR Award

Novels Feature Patriot Ancestors

The National Association of the Daughters of the American Revolution have recognized Sharyn McCrumb as a "Woman of the Arts" for her literary achievements. The award was presented on April 29 at the North Carolina State DAR conference when Sharyn was a keynote speaker.

Sharyn McCrumb has written two books concerning the American Revolution. The New York times bestseller "The Songcatcher" tells the story of Malcolm McCourry, who was kidnapped as a child from a Scottish island, and later fought with the Morris County (NJ) militia. Told from the point of view of John Sevier, "King's Mountain" recounts the journey of the Overmountain Men, who fought the battle that Thomas Jefferson called "the turning point of the war."


Nora Bonesteel's Necklace

Limited Edition

Nora Bonesteel's necklace of Appalachian minerals-- serpentine for the Serpentine Chain; unakite, the seer's stone & state stone of Virginia; and a southwest Virginia fairystone (staurolite) pendant is available in very limited quantities.

Each necklace (ca. 20") comes with a card explaining the minerals it is made of. $40 plus $3 shipping. Expect delivery in 3 to 4 weeks.


She Walks These Hills

Now available for Kindle

She Walks These Hills, Sharyn McCrumb's New York Times best-selling novel in which an escaped prisoner and a frontier woman's ghost journey through the Appalachians, trying to find home.

This new edition contains an author's introduction, readers group discussion questions and an essay about the themes and origins of the novel.


The Songcatcher

Now on Kindle and Nook

Sharyn McCrumb's best-selling novel The Songcatcher, the story of Scotsman Malcolm McCourry's journey to the Appalachian frontier and the song that passes through the generations of his family, is now available for eReaders.


Coming in September:
The Unquiet Grave

The Unquiet Grave, an account of the Greenbrier Ghost will be published in September 2017 by Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster.

The Unquiet Grave

An account of the Greenbrier Ghost, The Unquiet Grave will be published in September 2017 by Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster.

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Prayers the Devil Answers

"Years later, after the tragedy, someone remembered the Dumb Supper and what had happened there. That was the cause of it, they said, because the ritual wasn't a game after all. It really was magic, but magic has rules, and she broke them."

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Nora Bonesteel's Christmas Past

In a story of spirits, memories, and angels unaware, Sharyn McCrumb revisits the mountains we call home, the folk we call family, and a familiar message that there is more to this world than the eye can see... especially at Christmastime.

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King's Mountain

The story of the Revolutionary War battle that changed the course of the war. Told from the points of view of Patriot leader John Sevier and Tory camp follower Virginia Sal, the novel brings to life the people and events in the southern front of the Revolution - a story largely ignored by the history books.

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The Devil Amongst the Lawyers

When a pretty young schoolteacher is charged with murder in 1930's Appalachia, the national press use it as an excuse to sell papers - and to demonize the region, raising social issues that go well beyond the fate of one defendant.

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The Ballad of Tom Dooley

Now from the pen of the award-winning Appalachian writer comes the true story behind the most famous mountain ballad of all: the legend of Tom Dula. The Ballad of Tom Dooley brings to life the star-crossed lovers of this mountain tragedy.

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Ghost Riders

"Some wars don't end when the generals shake hands and go home." -- Malinda Blalock, from Ghost Riders

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The Songcatcher

Trace one American family from the Revolutionary War to the present by following an English ballad as it is handed down through the generations.

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The Ballad of Frankie Silver

On July 12, 1833, Frankie Silver became the first woman in the state of North Carolina to be hanged for murder. Burgess Gaither, the 1832 Clerk of the Court for Burke County, narrates the story from her arrest to her execution. As he began to understand the true nature of events, he wonders if there is such a thing as equal justice under the law.

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The Rosewood Casket

"Dying cost nothing and could be done alone; otherwise, Randall Stargill might have lived forever."

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She Walks These Hills

"Don't shoot! It might be Harm!" say the new bumper stickers in east Tennessee. Hiram (pronounced in mountain dialect Harm) Sorley is the focus of a manhunt involving most of the area's law enforcement officers. There's just one problem: nobody wants him caught.

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The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter

The first stirrings of The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter were a series of images that bobbed up out of my subconscious...

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If Ever I Return, Pretty Peggy-O

"I wonder who lives in that house," I thought for the hundredeth time.

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Faster Pastor

Camber Berkley, a young stock car driver, wrecks his car on a winding mountain road. The local authorities give him a choice: serve jail time, or teach the local ministers to drive stock cars.

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Once Around the Track

The adventures of story of an all-woman NASCAR team that hires a "pretty" male driver. With a female version of Viagra for a sponsor and the driver’s evil manager thwarting the team’s efforts, it is a wild ride both on and off the track.

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St. Dale

Winner of the 2006 People's Choice Award in Fiction by the Library of Virginia and the James River Writers Association and the 2006 Book of the Year Award from the Appalachian Writers Association.

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