Author event and giveaway: Sharyn McCrumb
You would be hard pressed to find someone more passionate about history, particularly the history of Appalachia, than Sharyn McCrumb. Her enthusiasm is contagious so it’s always a pleasure to hear her speak. Sharyn is a historical novelist most well known for her Appalachian ballad novels.
According to Sharyn, a historical novelist uses the same research as a historian. Historians tell you about battles while historical novelists put you in the middle of it. Historians tell you facts, she makes them “dance.” Sharyn feels like she gives historical figures a voice.
She said she gets ideas for books twice a week. It takes her a year and a half to write a book (without research) so she only writes the ideas that won’t go away. She writes during the day and reads in the evening – often researching her next book. Sharyn also does a lot of hands on research – visiting historical sites, learning to fire an old gun, etc.
Sharyn’s newest book, King’s Mountain, tells the story of the Battle of King’s Mountain. The colonist were losing the Revolutionary War when a private militia won a battle against the British in an hour. Thomas Jefferson called the battle the turning point of the war because it made people realize the British could be beaten.
I got Sharyn to autograph a copy of King’s Mountain for one lucky reader. To enter to win an autographed copy of KING’S MOUNTAIN, simply fill out the entry form. Contest is open worldwide – one entry per person, please. I will use random.org to determine the winner. Contest ends at midnight EDT Thursday, October 17, 2013. Comments are welcome (and appreciated) but will not get you an entry in the contest.