My real name is Constance, but everyone has always called me "Connie." I was blessed with a wonderful upbringing. Although my immediate family is small --- I have one sister --- we are very close and supportive of each other.
The only thing unusual about my life was that I was born with a hearing loss, inherited from my father's side of the family. From childhood through my twenties, it was a moderate loss and I was able to attend public schools and to go on to college with few problems. When I was in my mid-twenties the loss worsened and by graduate school I needed a hearing aid. I eventually took a job at Gallaudet University and began to learn sign language. I never let my hearing loss hold me back from doing the things I wanted to do. I just adapted and plowed on.
A couple of years ago, I had a cochlear implant and most of my hearing has been restored. I'm now doing things I hadn't done in years, like going to the movies, enjoying music and using the telephone. It really is a miracle.
I'm not sure when I first thought about being a writer. I've always had "a way with words" and took a few stabs at writing a novel when I was in my twenties, but I never finished --- perhaps because I did not have enough life experience to bring it to a satisfactory conclusion. I put it off and pursued other things --- a brief marriage, my career, traveling around the world, photography --- but the desire to write was always in the background. And although my career as an editor was progressing fairly well, I realized that I wanted more out of life. So I took another stab at writing.
This second attempt resulted in Sisters and Lovers, and to my amazement it eventually sold more than 100,000 hardcover and about a half million paperback copies. It appeared on the bestseller lists of the Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly. My second novel, Big Girls Don't Cry, hit many of the bestseller lists as well, including the New York Times. A Long Way From Home, the story of my ancestors, was nominated for an NAACP Image Award.
I live with my family in Maryland in a quiet community with beautiful pastoral views. Although I sometimes miss the hustle and bustle of the big city, it's the perfect setting for writing.
As for favorite sites --- I'm all over the web. My favorites when I was researching women for Jewels were probably Google and Wikipedia. I would almost always start there.
Her intention was to escape the law and take revenge on my father.”
Set partly in England and partly in Jamaica, A Strange Mother is the evocative and dramatic real-life tale of M. L. Reid, whose mother kidnapped her from her father after she had lost custody of her. In revenge, the young child was taken away to Jamaica and lived there with her mother for over fifteen years, in severe hardship, and was subjected to mental, psychological and physical abuse at the hands of her mother.
Years later, M. L. Reid was fortunate to return to the UK and, when reunited with her mother, made an extraordinary discovery about the dark world her mother was involved in. She learned, with pure disbelief, that powerful and often evil spells had systematically been cast upon her by a supernatural power, with the intention of destroying her.
“I am a mother and it doesn’t matter what my children do or say – they are my flesh and blood. I could never be so cold to inflict a curse on them and watch them fall in life.
To do so, one would have to be a strange mother.”
A Strange Mother is M. L. Reid’s harrowing true tale, which will appeal mainly to fans of autobiographies. It bears many similarities to Ugly by Constance Briscoe.
This is a dark tale of kidnapping, child abuse and supernatural forces worthy of any Stephen King Novel. You have to keep reminding yourself that this harrowing example of man's inhumanity to man, is actually an autobiography and some where in this world a little girl suffered unimaginably at the hands of her own family.
Although some terrible things happen to the author in this book and it starts off as a very difficult and emotional read, don't be put off by that, keep reading, as what this book is really about is the resilience and indomitable spirit of the author and her ability to triumph over adversity. In spite of everything she has been through, the author demonstrates that you do not have to be defined by the negative experiences in your life, you can put them behind you and create a positive future. A gripping, emotional rollercoaster of a book that deals with some taboo subjects head on and thus whilst it is not suitable for young children, it should otherwise have wide appeal.
by David Coffey
A Truely sad and remarkable story very touching. I pray that she will come true God will be with you so sad. From start to finish the book was gripping I couldn't put it down the most frightening was the confrontation and her discovery who was really casting the spells she had been experiencing for years.