What Ann Rule said

In case you missed it, true crime writer Ann Rule has endorsed the upcoming book.

Here’s what she said:

“A Silence of Mockingbirds is beautifully written by a very talented investigative journalist. But, even more, this is Karen Zacharias’s own story too, one of trust betrayed. A tragic book that we should all take to heart. We cannot change the past but we can save children who are in peril now. Karen has given us Karly’s legacy, that of a small, bright spirit who loved and was loved. And yet destroyed by heedless caretakers. A must read. Compelling and heartbreaking.”

- Ann Rule, author of Don’t Look Behind You and In the Still of the Night

Here’s what I did when my publisher forwarded on her blurb to me:

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Oh, yes, it was the ugly cry. The kind I saw my daughter Ashley do after she completed the Spokane marathon. She caught her breath, tried to walk out the cramping, and then the tears came, a mixture of satisfaction and pain and sheer relief at having done the thing she set out to do.

The Karly story has been my marathon. Five years in the making. If you knew the hurdles I faced — and overcame — you’d be crying, too.

As it was, I cried alone.

Nobody here but me and God.

Nobody but God understands this race I’ve run anyway.

Thankfully, I’ve had faithful people running alongside me, offering encouragement as I needed it. People like you. Don’t think for one minute I didn’t see you, didn’t hear you, didn’t appreciate those prayers you offered up.

That’s what I was telling God, when I was doing that ugly cry, how very thankful I am to have gotten to this place.

Dream fierce, they say.

Perhaps some of you will think I’m warped to have dreamed of getting this book published in the first place. I had an agent, a good man that I respect and admire, tell me that he would only represent me if I walked away from this project. He thought it would kill my career. He told me he would not represent me as long as I was intent on getting the Karly story published.

But I have long understood that God has called me to write in the hard places of life. Not the commercial places. I can’t say why. I don’t know why. I have just learned to accept this is my path. Some people get to walk the red carpet and some have to bury the bodies in Haiti.

Life is full of juxtapositions, the writer Barry Hannah used to say.

The act of writing itself is a juxtaposition. Words rising up out of the silence of a grave, momentarily bringing back to life the laughter of a child.

That was Karly’s real legacy.

Ann Rule understood that.

I hope you will too.

I’m still a bit short of breath from this five-year marathon, so I could use some assistance. If you have a Facebook/Twitter or other social media accounts, go there and tell others about Karly and this book and what Ann Rule said. It won’t be out until April but you can buy it now, through your favorite Indie bookseller preferably, but Amazon has it, too. It will be available in e-book for all you Kindle and Nook lovers. Tell your librarian or your favorite bookseller, or book club about it. If you are a blogger or journalist or vlogger or radio/tv host and want to do an interview with me or Karly’s dad, let me know and we will arrange it. If you review books, or if you are a bookseller and you want an advanced reader copy you can contact David at macadamcage.com

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Those were my exact words to God when I was doing that ugly cry earlier today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Karen Spears Zacharias

Author. Speaker. Journalism Instructor. Four kids. Three dogs. One grandson.

  • Wade Trimmer

    Love Ann Rule’s endorsement, Karen. Looking forward to picking up the book. Cheers!

    • http://karenzach.com Karen Spears Zacharias

      Thank you, Wade. Hope we run into each other when I get over to Portland for a signing.

  • AFRoger

    The only ugly cry is the one that’s faked. Maybe like the North Korean women recently, the result of living in a fictitious reality where emotions may be even less than synthetic. But the real stuff of life, nothin’ ugly about it. To everything there is a season. If it’s the real thing, it has a season.

    • http://karenzach.com Karen Spears Zacharias

      True. The grief of the North Koreans had a distinct hopelessness to it.

  • Gloria

    Karen – I am so thrilled for you and for Karly’s story to have this endorsement. I just finished reading Ann’s latest book and have been hooked on her stories since I read her story about Diane Down’s. So many children who can’t tell their stories without you and Ann and the rest of us. You are Karly’s voice and I am so very proud of you!

    • http://karenzach.com Karen Spears Zacharias

      Thanks, Gloria. Hope Karly’s presence is with each reader.

  • http://twitter.com/garywrites Gary Nelson

    Great stuff my friend!

    • http://karenzach.com Karen Spears Zacharias

      Thanks, buddy.

  • DonnaT.

    Shazaam! Congratulations on a powerful start for your new book!

    • http://karenzach.com Karen Spears Zacharias

      Donna, love that Shazaam line. I just never think to use that word!

  • Sharon O

    wow. I just might have to purchase it.

    • http://karenzach.com Karen Spears Zacharias

      Sharon: Authors are always hopeful that people will buy their books.

  • cathy

    Good on you, Ms. Karen……..Telling that story, will be truly telling the story for more than one child…there are so many who suffer.

    • http://karenzach.com Karen Spears Zacharias

      We hear of more everyday, don’t we?


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