Discovering a sister’s existence after 52 years

Soul-stirring memoir tells the shocking story of how they found each other

NASHVILLE, TN – This wild and heartwarming story Accidental Sisters: The Story of My 52 Year Wait to Meet My Biological Sister (Books Fluent, August 26, 2022) follows author, Kathe Linn Caire, as her sudden pull to learn more about her medical history sends her on an unexpected journey.

Kathe isn’t interested in learning her birth parents’ identities, just the details of their health. But what begins as a simple investigation takes a startling swerve when the social worker who sends the records fails to redact a crucial bit of information. Suddenly, Kathe has more information than she bargained for. And to her surprise, she finds herself combing through vital records, researching every lead she can get her hands on.

When an Internet search results in a dead end, Kathe’s daughters present her with a birth mother search as a gift for Mother’s Day. What Kathe discovers transforms her.
With each piece of information she uncovers, the mystery of her birth parents’ identities unravels a bit more. But when her investigation uncovers a half-sister that Kathe never imagined existed, she must decide: open her heart and mind to a stranger who shares her DNA, or walk away without challenging her long-held beliefs about what it means to be part of a family.

“Accidental Sisters”
Katherine Caire | August 26th, 2022 | Books Fluent | Memoir |
Paperback| 978-1-953865-57-1 | Price
Ebook | 978-1-953865-58-8 | Price

Photo Credit: Justin Wright

KATHERINE CAIRE: Katherine Linn Caire was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa. She attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, where she swam for the Mustangs and received her BBA (Finance), with Minors in Art History and Economics. Although her career has spanned the gamut from commercial banking lender to advertising account executive, from calligrapher/artist to tennis official, she has found her true delight in putting pen to paper.

She lived in Dallas for nearly three decades, where all three of her and her husband’s daughters were born and raised. The family moved to the beautiful city of Nashville, Tennessee in 2004 where she lives with her husband, Don, and their precious mutt, Waltzing Matilda.

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In an interview, Katherine Caire can discuss:

  • Her experience as an adopted child, growing up with no interest in finding her birth family
  • How difficult it is for adopted children to discover their medical history and why it is necessary
  • How it felt to start researching her birth parents after years of not doing so
  • The leads that eventually helped her find her half sister
  • What it was like to first reach out to a stranger that she knew to be related to her but didn’t know at all
  • The writing process of exploring something so personal and crafting it into a story to share with others
  • How to reconcile the family you’ve made for yourself with the family you were born into
  • What family means to an adopted child

An Interview with Katherine Caire

For many years you weren’t at all interested in finding your birth parents. Could you talk about why?

Honestly, it just wasn’t on my radar, for decades. I guess it had a lot to do with my being blessed with these two parents that adored me and a little brother that I adored. Yes- I realize how lucky I was, and I believe that diffused any interest in finding out about what “might have been.”

Can you describe the “sudden pull” you felt? When did it first happen?

The “sudden pull” I talk about in the book happened only once. It was the night that I knew I needed to get some sort of medical information from my side of our daughters’ gene pool. It literally came out of nowhere. That is why I paid attention.

When the leads dried up, what helped you keep going?

I really wanted to figure it out myself, but it was okay if I couldn’t. There was always the possibility of contacting the adoption agency to ask for a birth mother search. My daughters sensed my frustration and moved forward with the search, buying it for me as a Mother’s Day gift.

Did you ever expect to find living family members and get in contact with them?

Once again and from my heart- I didn’t think about it for the majority of my life. As a matter of fact, sometimes so much time would go by with no thought or mention of adoption that it slipped my mind temporarily. However, finding Marcia , thanks to a number of unexpected twists, was a very special gift beyond compare.

Can you talk about the writing process? Did it help you mentally process the experience? Did it open old wounds?

Definitely the former, somewhat the latter. As described in the book, so much of what happened helped me to actually think through the process and understand what really happened as an adopted child. The latter…I didn’t realize I had old wounds. However, this experience allowed me to understand that as an adoptee, regardless of how wonderful your situation has been, still means that you have at least some sort of abandonment issues. It also really helped me to process all that my birth mother went through, and the sacrifices she made for me.