A Powerful read?

“Ribbons in Her Hair is a powerful read. It raises lots of crucial issues, such as mother-daughter relationships, respect and morality, motherhood, or the oppressive effect of our societal rules of conduct.”

When I read the above in a review of Ribbons in Her Hair I wondered if they were taking about my book. Had they got the wrong one? Had they mixed it up with another of the same title? Turns out that they hadn’t.

I hadn’t meant to write anything quite so deep. I was just writing about Susan, a girl who had never had ribbons in her hair.

The youngest of three sisters, Susan has absolutely nothing in common with her siblings. She is a loner who just wants her mother to love her. But that doesn’t happen and as a teenager, Susan seeks love elsewhere. Like millions of girls before her she finds herself pregnant.

That was the situation that I created for Susan.

How would her mother react? Naturally, the mother that I had created was appalled. In her eyes Susan had brought the ultimate shame on the family.

And that was the point that I asked myself why Susan’s mother had reacted the way that she did and more to the point, why had she treated Susan the way that she had when she was growing up? What was Jean’s back story?

I was no longer just writing about Susan, I was writing about her mother too.

I started off despising Jean for the way that she treated Susan but the more that I got to know her, the more I sympathised with her and on reflection the book is about all of the things mentioned in the review.

Ribbon In Her Hair was originally published by Accent Press and this edition published by The Pink Pen is available on Kindle from 30th September 2021

Buy on Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ribbons-Her-Hair-Colette-McCormick-ebook/dp/B09FMZQZKN/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1631625391&sr=8-1

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