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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.  


Foreword Reviews' IndieFab Book of the Year Awards
(Nashville, TN) – Abingdon Press announces that Sharyn McCrumb's novel Nora Bonesteel's Christmas Past has been honored by the 2014 Foreword Reviews' IndieFab Book of the Year Awards as a finalist in the Adult fiction category. Foreword's IndieFab Book of the Year Awards program was created to discover distinctive books from the indie publishing community across a number of genres.

The award winners, which will be determined by a select group of more than 100 librarians and booksellers from around the country, will be announced during a program at the American Library Association Annual Conference in San Francisco on Friday, June 26.


First Spring Appearance
Sharyn McCrumb is spending the winter working on a new Ballad novel, but a new round of programs will begin in the spring.

On Saturday April 11, she will present a program on Southern Women in the American Revolution at the King's Mountain Museum on East Mountain Street, Kings Mountain, NC 28086 (704-739-1019)

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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.
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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 winter.
  • 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.
  • In March Chowan University awarded Sharyn McCrumb the Mary Frances Hobson Prize for Southern Literature. The Mary Frances Hobson Lecture and Prize is an annual award given to Southern authors. This award is sponsored by the Hobson Family Foundation of San Francisco as a memorial to Mary Frances Hobson (1912-1993).

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Sharyn was Awarded the Mary Frances Hobson Prize

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.

Platinum Award - Best Mountain Writer
Sharyn McCrumb earned the Platinum Award for Best Mountain Writer inside the 25th Anniversary Edition of Blue Ridge Country Magazine,
'The Best of the Mountains 2013'.
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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