- Abusive Parents / Disappeared Dad
- The Alcoholic / Alcohol-Induced Idiocy
- Dysfunctional Family : The families seem to have a Dark Secret, or a Dark and Troubled Past , as well.
- Ripped from the Headlines : the mine disaster in Coal Run is based in part on the disaster in Centralia, Pennsylvania.
- Working-Class Hero : Her novels are set among rural Pennsylvania's coal and mill workers.
Creator / Tawni O Dell
Tawni O'Dell is an American novelist. Her debut novel was an Oprah's Book Club selection, and has been optioned for a Film of the Book, with Adrian Lyne attached to direct as of 2013.Her novels include