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.

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.

The Unquiet Grave Poster

Wrong Publication Date

11" x 17" poster for The Unquiet Grave, featuring the original (wrong) publication date in small type. It's essentially a large version of the cover. Get yours for the price of postage and handling alone!

$0 plus $4 domestic shipping. Add $1 for each additional poster shipped.

Award Nomination

Answered "Prayers"

"Prayers the Devil Answers," Sharyn McCrumb's 2016 novel inspired by the last public hanging in the U.S., has been nominated for the Library of Virginia Award in Fiction.

The Serpentine Chain

Art Exhibit in Nashville, Tennessee

The Serpentine Chain is a celebration of the Celtic roots of Appalachia, featuring paintings by Tennessee artist Alan Shuptrine and essays by award-winning author Sharyn McCrumb. The exhibit will premier on May 19 and run through Oct. 1, 2017 at the Tennessee State Museum, 505 Deaderick Street, Nashville, TN.

Community Reads: Prayers the Devil Answers

Sevierville, Tennessee

On Sunday, March 26 Sharyn McCrumb presented a program at the King Family Library in Sevierville, TN in conjunction with their Community Reads program. "Prayers the Devil Answers" was the book they read.

Readers Guide Discussion Questions

Now available for Prayers the Devil Answers

Readers Guide Discussion Questions for Prayers the Devil Answers are now available for download from my Prayers the Devil Answers page. * Southern Living Magazine named Prayers the Devil Answers one of the best books of 2016 set in the South.

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.

King's Mountain Award

Patricia Winn Award for Southern Fiction

Sharyn McCrumb's novel chronicling the events of the 1780 Battle of King's Mountain was recently given the Patricia Winn Award for Southern Fiction, presented by the Clarksville Writers Conference, Clarksville, Tennessee.

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.


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."


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.


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.


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.


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.


Ghost Riders

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


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.


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.


The Rosewood Casket

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


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.


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...


If Ever I Return, Pretty Peggy-O

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


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.


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.


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.