Carleen Brice’s debut novel, Orange Mint and Honey, was an Essence “Recommended Read,” a Target “Bookmarked Breakout Book” and a Denver Post bestseller. Alicia Keys said of Orange Mint and Honey: “This is the reason I love to read. This book has so much character and a wealth of soul.”
In February 2010, Orange Mint and Honey premiered on the Lifetime Movie Network as “Sins of the Mother,” starring Jill Scott and Nicole Beharie. It was the second-highest rated original movie in LMN’s history.
Her second novel, Children of the Waters is a book about race, love and family. It also hit The Denver Post bestseller’s list. Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean said, “I was exhausted and singing the blues the hour I began Carleen Brice’s new novel, Children of the Waters. Five hours later, I’d finished this fresh, free-rein novel about mothers’ secrets and children’s sorrows and was shouting ‘Hurray!'” Booklist Online called it “a compelling read, difficult to put down.” AOL Black Voices said, “Brice sparkles with a tale of love and family.”
Carleen is also the author of two nonfiction books, Lead Me Home: An African American’s Guide Through the Grief Journey, and Walk Tall: Affirmations for People of Color, which sold 100,000 copies. She edited and contributed to Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number: Black Women Explore Midlife. She has written for The Washington Post, The Denver Post, The Chicago Tribune, Poets and Writers and Mademoiselle.
She is the recipient of 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.
She has a degree in journalism from the University of Kansas and has spent many years writing marketing and promotional materials during which time she learned to write about herself in the third person. She lives in Denver with her husband and cat.