New column: “Make 2019 the year of ‘come as you are’”

newyearIf we wait until we’re perfect, we will never do anything. This is a tough lesson to learn–one I struggle with daily. So: that, life, being awkward, scared, and hopeful, and more, in my newest newspaper column.

I sure hope y’all enjoy it. If you do, I hope you’ll share.

To read, click here.

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New column: “‘Mary Poppins’ is just what the world needs”

My family, dressed as characters from the original "Mary Poppins," Halloween 2014.

My family, dressed as characters from the original “Mary Poppins,” Halloween 2014.

My newspaper column this week is all about my thoughts on the new film, “Mary Poppins Returns.” And also: childhood, musical theater, and joy.

I hope y’all enjoy it! To read, click here.

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New column: “It’s okay to embrace the after-Christmas ‘lull’”

We are entering hibernation season, folks. And that’s okay.

Let’s embrace the lull. Here’s why, in my newspaper column.

To read, click here.

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New column: “Winter Storm Diego meant cold weather, warm hearts”

Hi, all! My newest newspaper column is up, and it’s all about how my small community in the mountains of Western North Carolina came together during Winter Storm Diego. To read, click here.

Want to stock your Kindles and e-readers for the hibernation season? Keowee Valley, my debut historical novel set in the wild Carolina backcountry of the 1700s, is on sale at Amazon for only 99 cents. 

Stay warm, everyone!

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Writing–and researching–an 18th century Christmas (Keowee Valley still on sale at Amazon: 99 cents!)

colonialwreathHi, folks.

Well, there was a bit of a snafu at the newspaper, and my regular column wasn’t published today. They’re hoping to have it in Sunday’s paper, and when they do, I’ll share it here.

In the meantime, here’s a link to an article I wrote for the publisher of my debut historical novel, Keowee Valley. It’s all about what it was like to research and write about an 18th century Christmas, which makes an appearance in the novel. I hope y’all enjoy it!

Oh, What Fun: Diving into an 18th century Christmas 

* Just a reminder: Keowee Valley is on sale at Amazon now through Dec. 31st, for only 99 cents! Stock your KindleKeowee-Valley-screen (and your loved ones’) for the holidays. If you love epic historical adventure, or know someone who does, this is a story for you.

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KEOWEE VALLEY ON SALE for 99 CENTS now through December 31st!

Keowee-Valley-screenHi, lovely readers!

I’m thrilled to announce that my publisher is running a holiday promotion! The Kindle version of my historical novel, KEOWEE VALLEY, is on sale for $0.99 now through December 31st on Amazon!

Yep, just 99 cents!  

If you’ve been following me here and on social media, or maybe read my newspaper column, or have wanted to read the novel, now’s a great time with this deal. Fans of historical adventure; frontier, Revolutionary, colonial, Cherokee, Southern literature, romance and more with enjoy Keowee Valley. If you want to learn more about colonial and Revolutionary South Carolina, Charleston, North Carolina, the Cherokee Indians, the wild Appalachian backcountry, the Blue Ridge Mountains, or the gorgeous natural world of the Southern Appalachians; if you like epic stories full of adventure, war, romance, and drama, this is one for you and the readers on your Christmas lists.

If you’ve been loving the Starz series “Outlander” on television, or have immersed yourself in the Revolutionary-era North Carolina of Diana Gabaldon’s most recent books, I think you’ll enjoy Keowee Valley. And don’t be fooled by the feminine cover: men have loved this story, too.

I always feel a bit ridiculous touting my own work, so I’ll let others do it. Here are just a few things other authors and readers have said about Keowee Valley:

“A glorious debut from a gifted author.” ~ Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author of Tony’s Wife, The Shoemaker’s Wife, Big Stone Gap

Keowee Valley is a terrific first novel by Katherine Scott Crawford–a name that should be remembered. She has a lovely prose style, a great sense of both humor and history, and she tells about a time in South Carolina that I never even imagined.” ~ Pat Conroy, bestselling author of The Prince of Tides and South of Broad.

“Katherine Scott Crawford has merged history and drama in this compelling story of one woman’s boldness and courage. Crawford is a fresh and valuable new voice in Southern Literature.” ~ Ron Rash, bestselling author of Serena and Saints at the River

Keowee Valley is a wonderful story, and Katherine Scott Crawford is a powerful witness to the lost world of the Southern frontier when much of it was Cherokee land. Her understanding of the complex history of the times and her obvious love (and intimiate knowledge of) the landscape make this book a treasure….” ~ Philip Lee Williams, author of A Distant Flame, winner of the Michael Shaara prize for Civil War fiction

“I grew up going to Sunday ride through the very terrain of Keowee Valley. Little did I know that such poignant and dramatic history lay buried centuries deep in the landscape that our ’63 Chevrolet traversed, and little did I imagine that one day a sensual, evocative and compelling writer like Katherine Scott Crawford was going to come along and render that history into a gripping, magically embodied novel that would stay with me long after I had put it down.” ~ Tommy Hays, author of The Pleasure was Mine 

“In Quincy MacFadden, Crawford creates a feisty, gutsy heroine who survives those fraught years before the American Revolution in Appalachian Indian country, finding love even as she defines the spirit that will create a nation. The frontier equivalent to Abigail Adams in Boston or Dolley Madison in Philadelphia. I read it one eager, page-turning sitting.” ~ Beverly Swerling, bestselling author of City of Promise and Shadowbrook 

“As I read Keowee Valley I sunk into its stunning vistas, cool mountain streams, and spit-roasted wild game. Crawford’s vivid characters and striking scenery leaped off the pages; gunpowder stung my nose, raindrops splashed across my face and the crispness of the mountain air revived me.” ~ John Malik, chef, book reviewer and writer for the Huffington Post 

Dear readers, I hope you’ll take a chance on my debut historical novel. It was a story I’d been growing in my imagination since I was a child, and a love letter to the land in which I was lucky enough to grow up. To order Keowee Valley for only 99 cents, go to


** I’m also involved, just this month, in an incredible BOOK GIVEAWAY with the fabulous authors Kimberly Brock (The River Witch), Emily Carpenter (Burying the Honeysuckle Girls and Every Single Secret) and M.J. Pullen (The Marriage Pact and Sugar Street)! To check out what we’re giving away and when, click here.


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New column: “The greatest gifts to give, receive”

What can we give each other–all of us–for Christmas this year? I have some ideas.

To read my newspaper column this week, click here.

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New column: “Make the holidays your own celebration”

Heyward-Washington House, Charleston, South Carolina

Heyward-Washington House, Charleston, South Carolina

Happy December, everyone! My newest column is about December celebrations, big and small–and a trip I was lucky enough to take with dear friends to Charleston, South Carolina, to celebrate a milestone birthday.

We must mark the moments, y’all! ‘Tis most certainly the season.

To read, click here.

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New column: “Come together for the holidays, no matter your family’s traditions”

hanukkahThis is a season of celebration: of peace, hope, and good will, in faith traditions all over the world. In honor of Decemver 3rd marking the first day of Hanukkah, my newspaper column this week is about the history and traditions associated with the holiday. I’m ever so thankful to my Jewish friends for sharing their memories and traditions with me! (Any mistakes in research are mine.)

Let us all embrace this season of Light! Happy Hanukkah!

To read, click here.

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New column: “We give thanks in spite of ourselves”

thanksgivingtableHappy Thanksgiving, dear reader friends! I hope you are all celebrating today, and this week, with the people you love.

Since childhood, Thanksgiving has been special to me. But I’ve struggled with the roots of the Thanksgiving story–mostly, with what came after that 1621 meal between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag people. At (almost) middle age, I think I’ve finally come to terms with it. So this, and more, is what I’m contemplating in my newspaper column this week.

Again, Happy Thanksgiving!

To read the column, click here.

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