Karen Spears Zacharias is the author of several books including the bestselling MOTHER OF RAIN, recipient of the Weatherford Award for Best in Appalachian Fiction and a finalist for the Crook’s Corner Book Prize. MOTHER OF RAIN was adapted for the stage by Springer Theater’s Paul Pierce.  A sequel BURDY was released in 2015. The third book in the Appalachian series, CHRISTIAN BEND, will be released in 2017 by Mercer University Press.
Karen’s work has been featured on CNN, National Public Radio, and The Diane Rehm Show​. A Georgia-native, s​​he lives near the big river in Oregon​. Other books include: Karly Sheehan: The True Crime Story Behind Karly’s Law, After the Flag has been Folded, Will Jesus Buy Me a Doublewide?’cause I need more room for my plasma TV and Where’s Your Jesus Now?.

Karen is married to Tim Zacharias, a former missionary kid turned teacher. They have four grown children and two dogs with literary names, Portia and Poe, and three of the most adorable grandsons. When she isn’t traveling and speaking, or writing books, Karen teaches. Karen serves on a national advisory board for the Vietnam Women’s Memorial Foundation and the Vietnam Wall Memorial Foundation Education Center. She lives in Hermiston, Oregon.


“If this writer Karen Spears Zacharias should turn evangelist, the stadium will be full every night.”
Sonny Brewer, author of The Poet of Tolstoy Park

“If Fanny Flagg got religion she’d be Karen Spears Zacharias. Karen is trailer trash wonderful, a guilty pleasure: like eating chicken fried steak with mac & cheese during Bible study.”
Susan E. Isaacs, author, Angry Conversations with God

“At a time when authenticity seems to be in short supply, Karen provides a genuine voice for things that matter most. Faith, loyalty, integrity, compassion, and thoughtful patriotism are themes she weaves into a tapestry of transforming and inspiring stories. She can also make me laugh for days while making me think about things in a new way.”
Dan Morris Dothan District Alabama West-Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church

“Karen Spears Zacharias is not only entertaining and informative but has a message the church needs to hear. She has that unique ability to get us all to laugh and while our mouths are open, she gives us something to chew on!”
Pastor Kevin Lobello, First United Methodist Church – Griffin, Georgia

“Karen Spears Zacharias is the evangelical Anne Lamott. Reading her gives you instant commonsense as well as an infallible eye for tommyrot, and she wraps her gifts in humor, sass, spunk, and biblical wisdom. She’s golden.”
Scot McKnight, author of The Jesus Creed

“If the prosperity gospel had a heart, Karen has stomped that sucker flat…Whether you live in a mansion on a cliff, a shack by still waters, or in a single-wide on cinder blocks, this is a worthy read.”
Wm. Paul Young, author of The Shack

“I have been a ‘have’ and a ‘have not’ in my life. I have found my walk with the Lord, as Karen illustrates so well in these beautiful stories, that the riches he desires for us have nothing to do with money. I love a writer that’s not afraid to walk with real people and speak the truth in their lives. Keep shining your light, Karen!”
Jeff Foxworthy, comedian

“You have a huge fan in the Allman Brothers Band of heathens. Thank you for being brave enough to stan dup and be one of our prophets. We desperately need you.”
Oteil Burbridge, bassist and vocalist, Allman Brothers

“Karen Zacharias is the rarest, most valuable kind of speaker and writer. Not only does she transport her audience to real-life scenes she describes through storytelling, but she also explains the technical details of creating nonfiction work in a clear way, so that fellow writers can follow those blueprints and begin to achieve better results as essayists, memoirists, journalists, and other chroniclers of events and lives. Thanks to Karen’s guidance, her audience is able to convey what happened and what it all means.”
George Weinstein, Program Chairman of the Atlanta Writers Club

“I recently had Karen Spears Zacharias as one of my hand-chosen speakers for my annual Pulwood Queens Book Club Author Extravaganza and her speech was one of the highlights of the event. Of the thirty authors features, Karen was by far the crowd favorite! Everyone was inspired.”
Kathy L. Patrick, Founder of the International Book Club, Pulwood Queens Beauty & the Book