Charles Fergus writes mysteries set in Pennsylvania in the 1830s. He also writes books about nature and wildlife. His deep knowledge of the natural world informs his fiction, letting him invoke a strong sense of place. The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Geraldine Brooks wrote the following about Charles’s first mystery: “Deeply imagined and intricately plotted, A Stranger Here Below marries richly textured historical fiction with the urgency of a mystery novel. Fergus knows certain things, deep in the bone: horses, hunting, the folkways of rural places, and he weaves this wisdom into a stirring tale.”
Charles is the author of nineteen books. In addition to A Stranger Here Below, he published an earlier novel, Shadow Catcher, which was a Book of the Month Club selection. His most recent nonfiction nature book is Make a Home for Wildlife. Charles has also written for publications as various as Audubon, New York Times, Highlights for Children, Country Journal, Gray’s Sporting Journal, and Pennsylvania Game News.
Charles was born and raised in central Pennsylvania. He graduated from Penn State University with a writing degree and has worked for the Pennsylvania Game Commission, Penn State, and the Wildlife Management Institute. In 2003, he moved to a farm in northern Vermont, where he and his wife, the author Nancy Marie Brown, ride their Icelandic horses on dirt roads and trails. He loves to spend time in nature, in all seasons, hiking, canoeing, snowshoeing, and watching wildlife. He sings in a hospice chorus, bringing vocal music to people in their last days and final hours. He is also one third of an American roots trio called Yestermorn, singing and performing Appalachian, folk, and shape-note songs, including many from the early 1800s.
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