I understand the temptation. It is so much easier to make stuff up than to do the research, do the interviews, dig up the documents, and then reference all those. This last book was five years in the making. Five years of writing, re-writing, interviewing[..]
I went for a walk this morning When I happened upon this elegant creature, I assumed it was carved from bronze. But alas I was wrong. All the creatures I happened upon, moved slowly, but they moved. It was early still but hot as an[..]
I am off to Baton Rouge. I won’t return until Saturday. Pray for me, will you? I need prayer this week. My girlfriend here in town called me tonight. She’s worried about all this traveling I’ve been doing — Atlanta, Seattle, now Baton Rouge.[..]
I couldn’t find any surveys or studies to reference but I have a theory about the cult-hit book Fifty Shades of Grey. I have a hunch this book is far more popular with white audiences than black ones. Perhaps the Pew Research Center ought to conduct[..]
Church Lady Clothesline by Janie McGee Some years ago, my daughter Shelby and I were traveling across country. I've gone back and forth so many times, in so many ways -- except boat, never taken a boat across country -- that I can't remember[..]
Karen Spears Zacharias is an Appalachian writer, a former journalist, and author of numerous books, both fiction and non-fiction.
She holds a MA in Appalachian Studies from Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, West Virginia, and a MA in Creative Media Practice from the University of West Scotland, Ayr, Scotland.
Her debut novel Mother of Rain received the Weatherford Award for Best in Appalachian Fiction from The Loyal Jones Appalachian Center at Berea College, Kentucky.
Zacharias was named Appalachian Heritage Writer in 2018 by Shepherd University.
Her work has been featured on National Public Radio, CNN, the New York Times, Washington Post and in numerous anthologies.
She lives at the foot of the Cascade Mountains in Deschutes County, Oregon, where she’s an active member of the League of Women Voters and Central Oregon Writers Guild. She is a member of Phi Beta Delta and Phi Kappa Phi. A Gold Star daughter, she is a fierce advocate for democratic principles and women’s rights.
Zacharias taught First-Amendment Rights at Central Washington University, Ellensburg, Washington, and continues to teach at writing workshops around the country.
Her forthcoming novel No Perfect Mothers will be released by Mercer University Press, Spring 2024.
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