During the Vietnam War, her father was killed in action, and his death left a major impact on Zacharias’ life and the lives of her mother and siblings.
Writing and faith helped her process the struggles of her youth, and it also gave her a pathway to remain connected to her Appalachian roots.
Zacharias later became a journalist, a nonfiction writer and novelist.
She graduated high school in Georgia, attended Berry College for a short time, and then followed her family out west to Oregon where she still lives today with her husband, Timothy. They have four children.
Zacharias earned a B.A. degree in Communications and Education from Oregon State University.
Her novel Mother of Rain is a Weatherford Award winner and was adapted for the stage by Paul Pierce.
Mother of Rain has been chosen as this year’s One Book, One West Virginia Common Reading selection.