Suzanne Ford Presents "Black Rocks and Rainbows"
'Black Rocks and Rainbows' is a historical novel for young adults penned by Susan Riford, a prolific author of children's books & plays. Her daughter Suzanne Ford discusses the book, including its debut as an audiobook.
By: Kreative Circle
KC: Welcome Suzanne! Black Rocks and Rainbows is a historical novel for young adults penned by your mother Susan Riford, a prolific author of children's books and plays and founder of what is now known as the Rev Theatre Company in Auburn, New York. What can you share about your mother's personality and her affinity for writing educational pieces of work?
SF: It's such a pleasure to talk about my mother! She was a woman of amazing talents in so many areas, as well as writing. She was a whiz at designing clothes and costumes, making scenery, editing music (this when it meant cutting and splicing lengths of audio tape on a clumsy reel-to-reel recorder) and a million other arcane skills that were, I later realized, especially impressive in a woman of that era. She was funny, loved to laugh, and gave great parties. She could arrange flowers beautifully in two seconds flat between making an omelet and tying a kid's sneaker. She was always deeply involved in some gigantic project. When I was just a baby (in the early 50s) she started a little girls' dress design business named after me: "Sooki Custom Mades" (My nickname is Sooki - spelled that way because she had an assistant who had no idea how to spell it when she was ordering stationery, then there was no time to reorder, so the spelling stuck!). The company became so successful that her designs were featured in Vogue and Harper's Bazaar, with me as the model, at the age of 3, and we even made a trip to NYC to appear on the Today Show. She at one point had 25 seamstresses working in her "factory" –– a converted one-room schoolhouse on the farm near Auburn where I grew up. And this is just ONE chapter in her eclectic entrepreneurial history.
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