Sharyn McCrumb is an award-winning Southern writer best known for her Appalachian Ballad novels, including New York Times bestsellers The Ballad of Frankie Silver and She Walks These Hills. Her most recent novel, The Ballad of Tom Dooley (Thomas Dunne, 2011), tells the story behind the celebrated folk song. Ghost Riders was the winner of the Wilma Dykeman Award for Literature, given by the East Tennessee Historical Society, and the Audie Award for Best Recorded Book. In 2008, the Library of Virginia named Sharyn McCrumb a Virginia Woman of History for Achievement in Literature. She lives and writes near Roanoke, Virginia.