Children of the Waters is the title of my latest. It's the English definition of a Japanese word mizuko. And relates to the idea that life is a continuum; mizuko are beings that die in the womb either to abortion or miscarriage. For many in Japan, the idea is that fetuses aren't babies yet but they're also more than simply "a clump of cells." Jizo is the protector of mizuko, sort of their patron saint. Some Japanese make memorials to their lost children at Jizo shrines.
I learned about this tradition in an article in the New York Times by Peggy Orenstein years ago. It comforted me after I had a miscarriage (I've had two.).
While I was writing the book, I did more research on mizuko and Jizo and found this dealer who sells hand-carved Jizo statues. I had to have one. So now I have Jizo in my office.
I believe we're all on a continuum. None of us is ever done and we're always in a state of becoming. So it fit my story since Billie, Trish and Will are all struggling with the questions Who am I? We all ask ourselves that question from time to time and the answer changes throughout our lives.
The first question the Mixed Chicks ask on their chats is "What are you?" You can listen to my answer here. How would you answer either question-Who are you? Or what are you?