Karen Spears Zacharias
Karen Spears Zacharias is a storyteller. Check out her work:
Mother of Rain: A Novel
(Coming, Fall 2013, Mercer Univ. Press)
The story of Maizee both shocks and endears the reader to Mother Of Rain, the beautifully, eerie debut novel. Like a handcrafted wedding quilt, Zacharias’s prose weaves the tangle of hardscrabble lives into old fashion Appalachia storytelling.
-Ann Hite, author of “Ghost On Black Mountain”
Karen Zacharias’ journalistic eye served her well with her debut novel, Mother of Rain. Zacharias perfectly captures the haunting beauty and customs of Depression era Appalachia. Mother of Rain is a unflinching and compelling story of troubled love and redemption in a mystical time and place. Maize is one of those magical characters that readers will be thinking about long after the last page has been turned.
-Michael Morris, author of “Man in the Blue Moon” and “Slow Way Home.”
A Silence of Mockingbirds: The Memoir of a Murder (MacAdam/Cage)
Will Jesus Buy Me a Doublewide? (Zondervan)
Where’s Your Jesus Now? (Zondervan)
After the Flag has been Folded (HarperCollins)
Benched (Mercer Univ. Press).
Karen Spears Zacharias is a daughter of Appalachia. She learned the craft of storytelling from her Aunt Cil Christian, of Christian Bend, Tennessee. She teaches journalism at Central Washington University, Ellensburg, Washington. Her work has been featured in the Huffington Post, New York Times, USA Today, Washington Post, Newsweek, National Public Radio, and CNN. She blogs at patheos.com
While serving as the writer-in-residence at the Fairhope Center for the Writing Arts, Fairhope, Al., Karen wrote A Silence of Mockingbirds: The Memoir of a Murder, the true crime story behind Karly’s Law.