Sharyn Mccrumb is best known for her Appalachian "Ballad" novels - eleven total with the latest a novella: Nora Bonesteel's Christmas Past.
"My books are like Appalachian quilts," says Sharyn 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."
Start with: If Ever I Return, Pretty Peggy-O
Read more about this fascinating woman and her novels on her website: http://www.sharynmccrumb.com