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Karen Spears Zacharias


Karen Spears Zacharias

Karen Spears Zacharias is a daughter of Appalachia. She learned the craft of storytelling from her great-aunt Lucille “Cil” Christian of Christian Bend, TN. Karen’s father, Stf. Sgt. David P. Spears, was KIA in Vietnam. Karen’s mother and father are buried together at Andrew Johnson National Cemetery in Greeneville, TN. Karen teaches journalism at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Wa.. Her work has been featured in "Good Morning, America," Huffington Post, New York Times, USA Today, CNN and National Public Radio. MOTHER OF RAIN is her sixth book and her first novel. Karen is a popular speaker and a contributing blogger at

Books by Karen Spears Zacharias

by Karen Spears Zacharias - Fiction, Historical Fiction
Maizee Hurd moved upriver at the age of 10 after tragedy struck, and she was sent off to be raised by a childless aunt and her doctor husband. Shortly after her arrival in the rural mountain community of Christian Bend, the young girl began hearing voices. It was the tender love of her husband Zeb and their shared passion for the Appalachian hills and rivers of East Tennessee that helped quiet the voices. But, as Zeb prepares for deployment, Maizee's life is rocked by the ripples of World War II.