About the bookChildren of the Waters
explores the connection between love and race, and what it really means to be family.
Trish Taylor’s white ancestry never got in the way of her love for her black ex-husband, or their mixed race son, Will. But when Trish’s marriage ends, she returns to her family’s Denver, Colorado home to find a sense of identity and connect to her past.
What she finds there shocks her to the very core: her mother and newborn sister were not killed in a car crash as she was told. In fact, her baby sister, Billie Cousins, is now a grown woman; her grandparents had put her up for adoption, unwilling to raise the child of a black man. Billie, who had no idea she was adopted, wants nothing to do with Trish until a tragedy in Billie’s own family forces her to lean on her surprisingly supportive and sympathetic sister. Together they unravel the age-old layers of secrets and resentments and navigate a path toward love, healing, and true reconciliation..About the author
Carleen Brice is author of the novel Orange Mint and Honey and Lead Me Home: An African American's Guide Through the Grief Journey. She is also editor of the anthology Age Ain't Nothing but a Number: Black Women Explore Midlife. Her book Walk Tall: Affirmations for People of Color sold over 100,000 copies. Please visit her through
Orange Mint and Honey, was an Essence “Recommended Read” and a Target “Bookmarked Breakout Book.” She won the 2009 First Novelist Award from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and the 2008 Break Out Author Award at the African American Literary Awards Show. Orange Mint and Honey was optioned by Lifetime Movie Network.
Carleen lives in Denver with her husband and two cats where she writes, gardens, and blogs about writing and gardening. She maintains the blogs “White Readers Meet Black Authors” www.welcomewhitefolks.blogspot.com and "The Pajama Gardener" www.pajamagardener.blogspot.com. Or visit her her website, www.carleenbrice.com.I asked, Carleen answered
A. What's the scariest thing that's ever happened to you? Bonus question: have you ever used it in a book?
C. One of the scariest things was two drunk men came to the door while my parents were out when I was a girl and were very menacing. I went to the door and it was unlocked! I crept up to it and locked it. They were looking for a different house, and when they found out a girl was at the door they started making suggestive remarks and did turn the door knob. I used this in my first novel ORANGE MINT AND HONEY.
A. Mystery writers often give their characters an unreasoning fear - and then make them face it. Do you have any phobias, like fear of spiders or enclosed spaces?
C. Yes, I’m afraid of spiders and you can’t make me face it!
A. Do you have a favorite mystery book, author, or movie?
C. One of my favorites is The Usual Suspects. Quite a surprise in that movie!
A. At its heart, every story is a mystery. It asks why someone acts the way they did - or maybe what will happen next. What question does your book ask?
C. Can twp strangers become sisters? What really makes a family? Is blood thicker than water? That’s three for a start.
A, Is there a mystery in life that you are still trying to figure out?
C. There are lots of mysteries in life, but I tend to be pretty accepting of the fact that I won’t solve them. One mystery I’ve given up trying to solve is what makes a book sell—that one will drive you mad!