While conducting the research for Mother of Rain, Zacharias relied heavily on the oral archives at the Appalachian Center at East Tennessee State University and Dr. Michael Montgomery’s Dictionary of Smoky Mountain English. For the sequel, now underway, Zacharias made trips to Normandy, France. She was also able to attend a family reunion during this latest trip South. “The gathering at Christian Bend was great research for the sequel to Mother of Rain,” she said. “I come from a long-line of storytellers.”
Karen Spears Zacharias has carved a brilliant gem of a novel out of hard, uncompromising times and lives. Her remote mountain setting conceals misery, mystery, and madness—but also love, which comes in many forms. Zacharias examines these intertwined lives with great compassion and daring; she is a wonderful writer.--Lee Smith
Karen Spears Zacharias captures the humor, spirituality and language of Appalachia with stunning authenticity, through characters that leap off the page. With Mother of Rain, Zacharias has done her part to help preserve our mountain heritage for future generations.--Amy Greene
Karen Spears Zacharias is a daughter of Appalachia, a descendant of founding families of Hawkins County, Tennessee. She learned the craft of storytelling from her aunt Cil Christian of Christian Bend, Tennessee. She is the author of A Silence of Mockingbirds: The Memoir of Murder. Zacharias has written for Huffington Post, New York Times, CNN, and National Public Radio. Zacharias teaches at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington, and blogs at Patheos.com.
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