Driven by increasingly violent crimes against women and her, motivational speaker Candace Watson writes an inspiring tale of abuse, forgiveness, and growth in her new novel, Ice.
In 2000, Candace Watson founded Hype and Humble, an organization offering resources and referral services for those in crises to help them get on their feet and live with dignity. Many of the organizations’ clients were victims of domestic violence and were on the run from abusers who wanted them dead. To combat this growing epidemic, Hype and Humble solicited support from celebrities such as Mary J. Blige, Monica, Lisa Raye, KiKi Shepard, Samuel & Latonya Jackson, Oprah Winfrey, Susan Taylor, Stevie Wonder, and many more.
After meeting Rose Parker, convicted of murdering her boyfriend who had kidnapped her and held her hostage, then imprisoned for 17 years for the murder of her boyfriend, Ms. Watson realized she, too, could have suffered a similar fate. At the age of 13, Candace Watson found company with a man seven years older. She tried to hide what turned out to be an abusive relationship from her mother, but eventually all the punches, slaps, and bites became noticeable. One day, after having five stitches around her eye, her mother and brother went out, searching for her boyfriend to kill him. Finally at that point, Ms. Watson changed her mind. She realized that if a man truly loves you, he would never do things to hurt you.
Domestic violence touched Ms. Watson’s life in a different way when her best friend Robyn James was shot in the head and killed by her boyfriend. Compelled by the senseless death of her best friend and her own terrible experiences with domestic violence, Ms. Watson began writing her novel and soon-to-be-best-seller, ICE. Ms. Candace Watson travels all over the country listening and motivating others to end the violence against women and love themselves. She is also the author of SOMETHING TO HELP YOU ON YOUR JOURNEY, a self-help workbook to help you on your path.