Terry Roberts

Terry Roberts

Terry Roberts' direct ancestors have lived in the mountains of Western North Carolina since the time of the Revolutionary War. His family farmed in the Big Pine and Anderson Cove sections of Madison County for generations and is also prominent in the Madison County town of Hot Springs, the setting for both A Short Time to Stay Here and That Bright Land. Born and raised near Weaverville, North Carolina, Roberts is the Director of the National Paideia Center and lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

He has written two award winning novels; A Short Time To Stay Here, which won the Willie Morris award for southern fiction and That Bright Land which won the Sir Walter Raleigh Award in 2016 for the best novel by a North Carolinian.

As a writer Terry has won both the Thomas Wolfe Literary Award and the James Still Award for writing about the Appalachian South. 


(Photo by Jesse L. Roberts)

Books by Terry Roberts



The Christ-Haunted Landscape

So, if you want to understand the South—indeed the American people writ large—you have...

The Man with Many Names

Author Terry Roberts shares insight behind the many names of his main character, Jedidiah...

Hatred and Healing

I recently published a novel set in Western North Carolina [... and] the research for this...

Benjamin Franklin Freeman

The version of Ben Freeman who appears in That Bright Land is in many ways a kinder,...

The Warm Springs Hotel

Much of the action in "That Bright Land" is set in and around the historical mountain...

Begin reading Terry Roberts' critically-acclaimed new novel

In the summer of 1866 I went down South to find and kill a man. It’s not what I would...

The Famous Actresses Who Were the Inspiration for Priscilla Cushman

Priscilla Cushman, the actress who makes an appearance at the Warm Springs Hotel in That...