Sharyn McCrumb is a bestselling mystery author who has received the Chaffin and Plattner Awards for Southern fiction, in addition to many other honors. She launched her acclaimed Appalachian Ballad novel series with If Ever I Return, Pretty Peggy-O. “My books are like Appalachian quilts,” says Ms. McCrumb. “I take brightly colored scraps of legends, ballads, fragments of rural life, and local tragedy, and I piece them together into a complex whole that tells not only a story, but also a deeper truth about the culture of the mountain South.” Ms. McCrumb has been writer-in-residence at King College in Tennessee and Shepherd College in West Virginia, and she has lectured at universities and libraries throughout the United States and Europe. She lives and writes in the Virginia Blue Ridge. Her most recent book is Once Around the Track.