The comment was short, to the point: "There is so much more to the Gabby Petito story than we know." The commentator made the remark in reference to finding out that Gabby had lived with her suspected killer's family before taking off on that cross-country[..]
My plan was to tell you how grateful I was for all the work you all did to elect Jon Ossoff and Rev. Warnock. My plan was to tell you how all that work had ensured that my grandson, born on Epiphany, was welcomed into[..]
Some of you know I am back at university working on a degree in Appalachian Studies. During some of my reading I came across a quote that echoed with me. It is from Rebecca Harding, the Civil War era journalist/author known for her devotion to[..]
For the past several years, I have amassed hundreds of pages of documents and photos, and conducted a bevy of interviews in order to write the book I'm currently at work on. It's a true crime story. Several of you have heard me talk[..]
I love new things, don't you? New socks. New mascara. New sheets. New towels. New shoes. New books. New friends. I mean I love old things, too. Old jeans. Old boots. Old photos. Old jewelry. Old books. Old friends. There's just something comforting[..]
Do good. As much good as you can find to do. Do it. I've been reading Ann Voskamp's book, The Broken Way. I want you to read it, too. I'm giving away two copies. For a chance to win, you need to leave your name below[..]
Don't bother your head with braggarts Or wish you could succeed like the wicked. In no time they'll shrivel like grass clippings and wilt like cut flowers in the sun. Get insurance with God and do a good deed, settle down and stick to[..]
I kept looking at the sky as the sun set over the Gulf last night. It was one of those glorious pink sunsets that turns the whole world rosy: the Gulf waters, the sky before me, the sky behind me, the very pier upon[..]
[caption id="attachment_1747" align="aligncenter" width="956"] AP Photo[/caption] For the record, I do have an uncle named James Spears. He died a few years ago. So as far as I know I am of no relation to the James Spears, the Great Titan of the Loyal[..]
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.
For more information on Karen and her books, click here