Charles F. Price is the author of Nor the Battle to the Strong: A Novel of the
American Revolution in the South (Frederick C. Beil, Savannah, GA, 2008),
an account of a crucial but unjustly neglected military campaign in South Carolina
during the summer of 1781; and of its forthcoming sequel The Sunshine of Better Fortune, which carries the story of the war
in the South to its conclusion in mid-1783.
wrote the Hiwassee series, four works
of historical fiction set in his native Western North Carolina, comprising a
single narrative cycle interweaving the partly imagined private history of his
19th-century ancestors with the public history of the Southern
The first in
the series, Hiwassee: A Novel of the
Civil War, (Academy Chicago Publishers, Chicago, IL) appeared in 1996. His second, Freedom’s Altar, won the Sir Walter Raleigh Award as the best
fiction of 1999 written by a North Carolina author. The
Cock’s Spur, his third title, received an Independent Publisher Book Award as one of the Ten Outstanding
Books of 2001 and Price was named Story Teller of the Year; it also garnered
the Historical Fiction Award of the North Carolina Society of Historians. The latter two books were published by John
F. Blair Publishers, Winston-Salem, NC. The
last of the series, Where theWater Dogs Laughed, (High Country
Publishers, Boone, NC) was released in 2003.
It also garnered the Society of Historians’ award, was a nominee for a
second Sir Walter Raleigh Award and was a first finalist for the Independent Publisher Book Award for
historical fiction that year.
Price's first non-fiction work Season of Terror: The Espinosas in Central Colorado,
March-October 1863, will be published in Spring 2013. Season of Terror is his first extended work of nonfiction, though
he has published several articles on Western history in Colorado Central Magazine, Salida, Colorado. He has also written a fictional account based on the same
subject called Blood Offerings, not
yet published. He is currently e-publishing a series of novels set in the American Old West. His writing on the cavalry
operations of the Southern Continental Army and its commander Major General
Nathaniel Greene has been published in the online magazine Southern
Campaigns of the American Revolution (Camden, SC).
He is a contributor to the
forthcoming collection Cavalry of the
American Revolution (Westholme Publishing, May, 2010), authoring an essay
entitled “Cavalry Operations at Eutaw Springs.” Earlier he served as co-author/editor—along with Robert F. McNulty, R.
Leo Penne, Dorothy Jacobson and Partners for Livable Places—of The Return of the Livable City: Learning
From America’s Best (Acropolis, Washington, DC, 1986), a study of
successful civic action preserving quality of life in selected urban settings. Price has taught creative writing in several
venues and is in demand as a speaker and lecturer both on literary subjects and
on topics having to do with American history. He is an authority on the Revolutionary War in the South, the Civil War
and the 19th-century American West.
He has been a
Washington lobbyist, management consultant, urban planner and journalist. In 1995, after working for 19 years in the
nation’s capital, he moved to Burnsville in the mountains of Western North
Carolina to devote full time to writing. During this period, in addition to the publications noted above, he was
a correspondent for the newsletter Airport
Noise Report, Ashburn, VA. He and
his wife Ruth, a native of Salida, are the founders of Burnsville’s Carolina
Mountains Literary Festival (cmlitfest.org), now in its seventh year. He is a member of the North Caroliniana
Society and the North Carolina Writers’ Conference.
Price holds a
Masters of Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill, NC and an undergraduate degree in History and Political Science from
High Point University, High Point, NC.