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"Mrs. Franchy's Evil Ring": An Unexpected Perspective on Stepmothers

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on a loud pink background the book cover of Mrs. Franchy's Evil Ring and the Six Months that Changed Everything on the left and Cincerella's wicked stepmom with gray hair and an evil smirk on the right. The header says: The Genesis of Mrs. Franchy's Evil Ring and it has a bottom border of rainbows of different colors and corner borders of spiraled circles of different colors
The Genesis of Mrs. Franchy's Evil Ring

Every story has its genesis, a spark of inspiration that sets the wheels in motion. For "Mrs. Franchy's Evil Ring and the Six Months that Changed Everything," that genesis came from a unique twist on the traditional stepmother narrative. What if the stepmom isn't truly evil but rather a victim of circumstances beyond her control? What if Cinderella had a bad experience before, which traumatized her and clouded her judgment? This realization became the foundation for a captivating tale that explores the complexities of blended families and challenges societal expectations.

A Personal Journey

As I delved into crafting this story, I found myself immersed in a parallel journey. I was pursuing my Masters in Creative Writing, and coincidentally, I had the opportunity to spend six months with my two stepbabies during the challenging times of the pandemic, and I was thinking a lot about Cinderella. It was a period of confinement, where we were confined to our homes, unable to venture out and explore the world. Within those walls, I had to navigate the uncharted territory of getting to know two individuals who were not biologically mine, yet I cared for them deeply.

The Struggles of the Wicked Stepmom

During those transformative months, I experienced the emotional rollercoaster of being perceived as the wicked stepmom. As I had to set boundaries, say no, and enforce certain rules for the betterment of my stepbabies, I felt a pang of self-doubt and demoralization. It was a journey of loving these children as if they were my own while simultaneously realizing the gaps in our familiarity and understanding. At times, they saw me through the lens of the archetypal wicked stepmom, and it was a profound revelation.

Reframing Expectations

This personal experience compelled me to challenge the stereotype of the stepmother and reimagine her character in "Mrs. Franchy's Evil Ring." I wanted to explore the intricate layers beneath the surface and the complexities of love and blended families that are often overlooked. Through the lens of this fictional tale, readers embark on a journey of self-discovery, where perceptions are shattered and empathy blossoms.

The Power of Perspective

"Mrs. Franchy's Evil Ring" is a story that seeks to remind us of the importance of understanding and empathy. It serves as a powerful testament to the multifaceted nature of relationships and the significance of looking beyond the surface. As readers immerse themselves in this narrative, they will witness the transformation of characters, the growth of compassion, and the realization that there is always more to someone's story than meets the eye.


"Mrs. Franchy's Evil Ring and the Six Months That Changed Everything" was born from a personal journey fueled by the need to challenge preconceived notions and explore the nuances of blended families. Through the character of the stepmom, this story invites readers to reconsider their perspectives and embrace empathy. It is a poignant reminder that sometimes, what appears wicked may simply be a reflection of the circumstances we find ourselves in.


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