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. A former editorial writer for the Fayetteville Observer, Fayetteville, NC, and Business reporter with the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer,Ga., Karen teaches journalism at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Wa. Her work has been featured in the Huffington Post, New York Times, USA Today, CNN and National Public Radio. MOTHER OF RAIN is her sixth book and her first novel. A popular speaker at universities, churches, and military events, Karen is a contributing blogger at patheos.com
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