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Sharyn McCrumb -
Award Winning Southern Writer
Sharyn McCrumb, Award Winning Southern Writer 

Sharyn McCrumb is an award-winning Southern writer, 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. Her Revolutionary War novel, King's Mountain was published in September 2013 by St. Martin's Press.

Nora Bonesteel's Christmas Past, a holiday Ballad novella, was published in October by Abingdon Press.

Sharyn McCrumb, named a Virginia Woman of History by the Library of Virginia., was awarded the Mary Hobson Prize for Arts & Letters in 2014.

In addition to presenting programs at universities, libraries, and other organizations throughout the US, Sharyn McCrumb has taught a writers workshop in Paris, and served as writer-in-residence at King University in Tennessee, and at the Chautauqua Institute in western New York.

We invite you to visit our online shop for your copies of Sharyn's novels, eBooks, audio books, CDs of original and historic ballads and readings by the author, the tote bag, posters and coffee mug. You can shop confidently and securely with your Visa or MasterCard.  


Pre-Order Prayers the Devil Answers Now
Prayers the Devil Answers will be published on May 10 by Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster. Pre-order a SIGNED first edition now!

Nora Bonesteel's Necklace
Nora Bonesteel, the beloved character in the Ballad novels, always wears a fairystone necklace. We have made a VERY LIMITED number of these necklaces, with beads of serpentine (representing the Serpentine Chain that connects the Appalachians to the mountains of Britain) and unakite, known as the Seer's Stone.

If you'd like to have your own version of Nora's necklace, click here to purchase one.

Now on 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.

To buy the eBook, click here: She Walks These Hills on Kindle ~ 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 Wins the 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.

New Year Wishes
Wishing you all a wonderful new year and many happy hours of reading! I will be in my burrow until spring, finishing a new book for Atria, due in March, and then in May I'll be on tour with Prayers the Devil Answers. ~ Sharyn McCrumb

Play: The Ballad of Frankie Silver
The Parkway Playhouse in Burnsville, NC will premiere the stage production of Sharyn McCrumb's New York Times Best-selling novel The Ballad of Frankie Silver. The play, which premieres on Saturday, June 4, runs through June 18. For tickets or more information see:
or call 828-682-4285.

Kindle and Nook Editions of The Songcatcher

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 as an eBook.

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  • A ghost of Christmas past and a felon of Christmas present complicate the holidays for Sheriff Spencer Arrowood and elderly wise woman Nora Bonesteel in their Tennessee mountain county.
  • In a story of Christmas, spirits, memories and angels unaware, New York Times best-selling author Sharyn McCrumb revisits the mountains and the characters of her beloved Ballad novels.
  • Watch the trailer for Nora Bonesteel's Christmas Past (0:59)
  • Tell your pals and hashtag your post with #NoraIsBack

Jane Arrowood shook her head. “No good deed goes unpunished, Nora. I hope you don’t end up with a yard full of summer people in golf shorts and running shoes, all wanting you to supervise their lawn projects. Even Lydia Bean only spent a few weeks instructing the Cherokee women. I doubt you’d get off that lightly.”

Nora twisted her hands in her lap. “Well, you’re right about that, Jane. Things have already taken a turn I hadn’t quite bargained for.”

“What do you mean?”

“Shirley Haverty stopped by again this morning. She was so agitated I could barely make out what the matter was, and it wasn’t gardening that had set her off.”

“Why, what happened?”

“She claims the house is haunted.”
Sharyn's News
  • A new Ballad novel, Prayers the Devil Answers, is currently in production at Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster. It will be published next May.
  • In May The Edward Buncombe Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (Asheville NC) presented Blue Ridge Mountains author Sharyn McCrumb with its American Women in History award. It was presented by N.C. State Vice Regent Elizabeth Graham, a chapter member. Read the Citizen-Times story.

More information and a list of appearances


The Rosewood Casket - New Edition
The Rosewood Casket is now available in a new edition from St. Martin's Press. This requiem for the mountain land lost to development and environmental problems is also a moving account of four grown sons, who have returned to the family farm to build a coffin for their dying father.

Buy your signed copy here.

King's Mountain
Sharyn McCrumb's next Ballad novel, King's Mountain, was published in September 2013 by St. Martins Press. The novel tells the story of the Overmountain Men, a group of unpaid volunteers from the southern Appalachians, who fought the Revolutionary War battle at King's Mountain, just west of Charlotte NC.

George Washington's Continental Army was losing the war in the north, and the victory of the Overmountain Men renewed the colonist's optimism for the cause. Thomas Jefferson called it the turning point of the war.

The battle of King's Mountain is a Who's Who of the colonial frontier. The Overmountain Men included: John Sevier, first governor of Tennessee; Isaac Shelby, first governor of Kentucky; William Campbell, brother-in-law of Virginia governor Patrick Henry; John Crockett, father of frontiersman Davy Crockett; David Vance, grandfather of NC's Civil War governor Zebulon B. Vance; and Jonathan Tipton, the 7-times great-grandfather of author Sharyn McCrumb.

More on King's Mountain • Buy your signed copy here


The Ballad of Frankie Silver
The Ballad of Frankie Silver is now available in a new edition by St. Martins Press. The novel, a New York Times best-seller, tells the moving story of the 18-year old mountain girl who became the first woman hanged for murder in the state of North Carolina (1833.)

Buy your signed copy here.

Kindle Edition of Ghost Riders

Ghost Riders is now available in electronic format. This novel, winner of the Audie Award for Best Recorded Novel (Brilliance Audio) and the Wilma Dykeman Award from the East Tennessee Historical Society is now available in a new trade paperback edition from Blair Press and in electronic format on Nook & Kindle.
New Edition of Ghost Riders
A new edition of Ghost Riders, Sharyn McCrumb's award-winning novel about the Civil War in the Southern mountains has been published by John F. Blair Press of Winston-Salem.
The new edition features a foreword by Civil War historian Michael C. Hardy, North Carolina's Historian of the Year, an area map, and new photos of the historical figures featured in the novel. Sharyn McCrumb and Michael Hardy will be doing programs this spring. Ghost Riders is available in bookstores and on e-books.

For a Readers Guide to the Novel, see the Ghost Riders page.

You can buy a signed copy right here.

  We invite you to visit our online shop for your copies of Sharyn's novels, eBooks, audio books, CDs of original and historic ballads and readings by the author, the tote bag, posters and coffee mug. You can shop confidently and securely with your Visa or MasterCard.
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