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 patheos.com.