He couldn't have been older than twelve, a handsome boy with a narrow jaw and big brown eyes. All decked out in team colors, grey and blue, he had obviously just come from a soccer practice or game. He stood next to his mother in[..]
I asked her if she had read a certain Christian's blog that we both followed at one time. "No," she replied. "I don't keep up with anything out of the Evangelical community any more." I didn't have to ask why; I already knew. The[..]
I have kin who were raped. Each of them only spoke to me about it once. When they told their stories, they lowered their voices and spoke as if they were afraid to wake the dead, although the man who reportedly raped them was very[..]
The eternal hell we feared is here That lake of fire that burns within tears of rage sop pillows, fill palms. They taught us that hell was reserved for the hereafter, was reserved for those who denied Creator. They lied They are lying,[..]
When I was in college, I focused some of my studies of the Moonie cult. I was a Com major and studying a cult was a given for me, having grown up in the Bible Belt, having spent so much of my early years[..]
I don't want to believe that Bill Cosby did those things those women say he did. But here's a fact about truth: It can stand alone. Truth is not determined by who believes in it and who doesn't. We - the public - don't know[..]
Author/Journalist Karen Spears Zacharias is a Gold Star daughter and an alumni of Oregon State University.
Karen's work has been featured in the Washington Post, New York Times, CNN, National Public Radio, and Good Morning America.
Her debut novel, Mother of Rain (Mercer University Press), received the Weatherford Award for Best in Appalachian Fiction from Berea College and was adapted for the stage by Georgia's Historic State Theater, The Springer. In 2018, Karen was named Appalachian Heritage Writer by Shepherd University, and Mother of Rain was chosen as the One Book One West Virginia Read.
Her first true crime book A Silence of Mockingbirds was chosen by the city of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, as the One City Read.
Karen's upcoming book The Murder Gene, is her second true crime work.
Karen and her husband, Tim, make their home in Deschutes County, Oregon.
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