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Author event and giveaway: Sharyn McCrumb

October 10, 2013

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.

17 Comments leave one →
  1. October 10, 2013 5:15 am

    Thanks for the giveaway

  2. sandynawrot permalink
    October 10, 2013 6:37 am

    I’ve met her a couple of times, and she is a lovely woman! I have yet to read her books though, but I do have a few of them.

  3. October 10, 2013 6:51 am

    This sounds like a great story. I always get hung up though on how to pronounce Appalachia. Apparently it very much depends on what region of the country you are from!

  4. October 10, 2013 7:58 am

    My brother met her a few times at writing workshops and always has good things to say about her. Two new ideas a week?? Wow.

  5. October 10, 2013 10:33 am

    Interesting as I have never heard of the battle

  6. sandyg265 permalink
    October 10, 2013 11:20 am

    I’ve read a batch of her books over the years. The first one I ever read was Zombies of the Gene Pool.

  7. October 10, 2013 11:35 am

    Two ideas a week, sounds amazing. I love how she chooses to write about the one’s that just won’t go away. Thank you so much for offering this giveaway, you’re so generous, I keep entering, thinking I’m being greedy. I’ve been reading for the War Through the Generations Challenge, and it’s the American Revolution that we are doing this year, so this would fit in quite nicely. Thank you again.

  8. October 10, 2013 11:53 am

    I love historical novels about this time period. Thanks for the giveaway.

  9. Patty permalink
    October 10, 2013 12:05 pm

    You do the best author interviews!

  10. October 10, 2013 12:52 pm

    I’ve loved the couple of her Ballad novels I’ve read.

  11. October 10, 2013 1:06 pm

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway, Kathy! I’ll add this to my blog’s sidebar. 🙂

  12. debbierodgers permalink
    October 10, 2013 4:00 pm

    This would be an interesting read since my ancestors were on the British side. 😉

  13. October 10, 2013 4:57 pm

    Ive never heard of this author, and I love historical fiction. Can’t wait to get a chance to read it!

  14. October 10, 2013 6:34 pm

    I love how she comes up with books ideas so often!

  15. October 10, 2013 9:18 pm

    Two ideas a week? That’s amazing. I know writers who would kill for two a month. Her new book sounds like another winner.

  16. October 11, 2013 10:21 pm

    Sounds like this author loves what she does. I like historicals when I read them, and I’ll have to keep this author in mind.

  17. bookingmama permalink
    October 17, 2013 6:42 am

    I don’t think I’ve ever read one of her books but I’m impressed with how much research she does.

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