Sharyn McCrumb (born Sharyn Elaine Arwood February 26, 1948, Wilmington, North Carolina) is an American writer whose books celebrate the history and folklore of Appalachia. Educated at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Virginia Tech, she has also taught Appalachian studies. She is married to David McCrumb, a corporate environmental director, and has two children, Laura and Spencer.
Lovely in Her Bones - 1985 Best Appalachian Novel; Appalachian Writer's Association
Bimbos of the Death Sun - 1988 Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original Mystery; Mystery Writers of America
The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter - 1992 Best Appalachian Novel; Appalachian Writer's Association
She Walks These Hills - 1994 Nero Award, Agatha Award, Anthony Award, and the Macavity Award
If I’d Killed Him When I Met Him - 1995 Agatha Award
Ghost Riders - 2004 Audie Award for Recorded Book
St. Dale - 2006 Virginia Library People's Choice Award; 2006 Best Appalachian Novel; Appalachian Writer's Association
McCrumb was honored in 2008 with the Virginia Women in History Award and has had five of her books nominated for Virginia Book of the Year. McCrumb received the 1997 Outstanding Contribution to Appalachian Literature from the Appalachian Writer’s Association. She also received the Appalachian Writer of the Year Award from Shepherd College in 1999 and the Wilma Dykeman Award for Regional Historical Literature from the East Tennessee Historical Society in 2003. McCrumb has also received the Chaffin Award from Morehead State University, the Plattner Award from Berea College, and the Flora McDonald Award.