Greetings, book lovers, from Marti Pieper! I’m writing today from the Mount Dora, Florida, fall, which means slightly cooler temperatures at night and less humidity during the day despite daytime temperatures in the 80s. I’m grateful to welcome author Terri Gillespie to our CAN blog today. I know you’ll enjoy meeting her and hearing about her work.
Welcome, Terri! What inspired you to write this book?
When women are in harmony, amazing things can happen. I wanted to find an environment—a culture—where women congregate. All types of women. The hair salon is a bastion of estrogen that can either be a force for good or catty gossip and selfishness.
In book one, She Does Good Hair, the women of the Hair Mavens Salon became a team of talented, albeit opinionated dynamos. They knew they wanted to make a difference in the lives of women—not just give good hair.
Katya—the once-timid maven—learns about a program that could do precisely that. Not only change lives, but perhaps even save lives. She campaigns to bring it to the salon.
There is an actual program within the beauty industry called Cut It Out: Salons Against Domestic Abuse. In real life, hairdressers have made a difference in the lives of abused women by learning how to spot abuse and providing resources for women to seek help. With regular clients, hairdressers can sometimes better identify victims of abuse than even family and friends. The Cut It Out program provides salons with training and resources to hand out to those who are abused. Read More →