Discussing Ribbons in Her Hair with Colette McCormick

Ribbons in Her Hair cover

It was a real pleasure hosting a smashing guest post from Colette McCormick here on Linda’s Book Bag where she explained the process in getting to publication for her novel Things I Should Have Said And Done.

Today I’m thrilled to welcome back Colette as she stays in with me to tell me about her latest book.

Staying in with Colette McCormick

Welcome back to Linda’s Book Bag, Colette.

Thank you so much for having me Linda. It’s a joy to be here on your blog again. I love what you’ve done with the place.

Glad you like it. Those new carpets help I think! Thank you for agreeing to stay in with me.

It’s my pleasure.

Tell me, which of your books have you brought along to share this evening? 

Ribbons in Her Hair cover

I’ve brought my new book Ribbons in Her Hair with me.

Love that cover Colette. What can we expect from an evening in with Ribbons in Her Hair?

I hope you’ll enjoy a conversation with Jean and Susan, the mother and daughter who are the main characters. It’s written in a conversational style because I wanted it to feel like they were there with you on the room telling you what happened. Maybe when you get to see both sides of the story you’ll understand why they both behave the way that they do, and while they see things very differently they both have a similar goal. I hope that at the end of the day some things are more important than keeping up appearances.

(Ha – that’s an important message I think!)

What else have you brought along and why?

Me in a red dress

I hate having my picture taken and I’m not one for sharing photos of myself but I’ve brought this one along as it has now found a special place in my heart. As you can see, my hair is pulled away from the front of my face and though you can’t see it, I can tell you that the front parts of my hair are tied at the back of my head with a black velvet ribbon. Mum wasn’t keen on the full pony tail. It was taken in a hotel in Jersey where my parents and I were on holiday and we had to ‘dress for dinner.’ I remember her doing her own hair and then doing mine and then we got dressed together. These were the things that I took for granted in my childhood.

(That’s such a lovely photo.)


I’ve also brought along a DVD of ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ because my sister took me to see it at the cinema when I was a little girl and I haven’t seen it in years. My sister is twelve years older than me but unlike Susan’s older sisters who pretty much ignore her for the most part, my sister took me to the cinema and to pantomimes, she baked me birthday cakes and she taught me how to knit.

(My sister is nine years older than me and she took me to see Chitty Chitty Bang Bang when I was 7!)


Finally I’ve brought some chocolates for no other reason than I like chocolate and it’s a long film.

(Now you’re talking. And we won’t need to share them with my husband either as he doesn’t like this film so all the more for us!)

It’s been lovely spending the evening with you Colette. I think we share a very similar childhood and I’ve found hearing about Ribbons in Her Hair very nostalgic. Thanks so much for staying in with me.

Ribbons in Her Hair

Ribbons in Her Hair cover

Jean seems the perfect wife and mother but she struggles to love her daughters whose material comforts mask emotional neglect. When the youngest daughter, Susan, brings ‘shame’ on the family, Jean can think of only one response. She has to make the problem disappear.

Finding the strength to stand up to her mother for the first time in her life, Susan does the only thing that she can to save her baby.

What Susan doesn’t realise is that her mother’s emotional distance hides a dark secret of her own.

Examining the divide between generations, between mothers and daughters, this emotionally charged novel asks whether we can ever truly understand another, however close our ties.

Published by Accent Press yesterday, 23rd August 2018, Ribbons in Her Hair is available for purchase here.

About Colette McCormick

me in blue

Colette McCormick was born and raised in Sheffield but has made the North East her home for over 30 years. Writing is her love but her job is as a charity shop manager for a leading children’s charity. She has a husband, two sons and a daft dog.

You can follow Colette on Twitter @colettemcauthor, and find her on Facebook and Instagram or visit her blog.

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