Today’s special guest is Molly Sanders from a wonderful young adult inspirational novel entitled Witcha’be. Molly, tell the readers a little about yourself: where you go to school, any interests you might have?
My full name is Molly Marie Sanders—but, for some reason, my mom thinks it’s funny to call me ‘Molly Lou.’ I live in a two-story house with my dad, mom, and little Chihuahua named Boo. My mom is expecting a baby, and we just found out it will be a boy. So, soon I’ll have a baby brother named Max.
I’m a freshman at Redbend High School. I really like my creative writing class, taught by Mrs. Piper, my favorite teacher. She is awesome, and I love her perfume. Her classroom is painted periwinkle blue and has Bible verses on the walls. This semester our class is working on a big project. We are writing down our dreams in journals and then combining them into a story. Mrs. Piper said she will help us submit our book to publishers when we are finished. I can hardly wait!
I know that you are new in Redbend, Oklahoma, and that you’re attending a new school. Would you mind sharing with the readers how you felt about moving to a new location, making new friends—and enemies—and about life in your new town?
At first, moving from Crystal, Texas, to Redbend, Oklahoma, wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be. My family spent the last two weeks of June at the lake with the Flemming family, which was really cool. Neal Flemming is my dad’s boss, and his daughter, Lenni, and I became instant friends. Lenni told me all about her best friend, Bianca. How beautiful she was, what a great actor she was, and how she made all her own outfits. She couldn’t wait to introduce us. Unfortunately, things didn’t turn out quite the way Lenni planned.
When summer ended, things got tougher. Not only was I starting my freshman year of high school, I was going to be the new kid. I didn’t know anyone, except Lenni—and our friendship made Bianca mad. Cursing mad. So mad, in fact, she vowed to destroy me while honing her witch-in-training craft in the hallways of Redbend High. And the fact that I get a violent case of the hiccups whenever I’m scared didn’t help matters.
If it weren’t for Mrs. Piper’s encouragement, I don’t know how I would’ve made it through those first couple of weeks of school. Mrs. Piper taught me that God hadn’t given me a spirit of fear; but of power, love, and a sound mind. Her faith in God—and in what He could accomplish through me—gave me the courage to become friends with a bitter enemy.
I love Mrs. Piper, too. You also have a wonderful best friend in Lenni, but Lenni and your tormentor have been friends for a long while. I admire Lenni for her tenacity in trying to get you to see the good in Bianca. I want to know how you walked that line with Lenni because, at times, I know it was very difficult for you.
Yeah, difficult. As in…the line was a tightrope, and the walk was a balancing act. Most of the time I was teetering fifty feet in the air, on one shaky foot, arms windmilling wildly, without a net! The times I came close to falling, it was the threat of shattering Lenni’s friendship—and heart—that steadied my feet.
Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” When God says, “all things” I believe He means even the bad things that happen to us. You had some tough things to overcome. Have you been able to find the good in what you’ve gone through?
Omigosh, yes! It sounds crazy, but I have found so many good things in this experience, sometimes I can barely remember the bad. Bianca is such a cool person. I hate to think about how I almost missed out on really getting to know her. I thank God every day for giving me the courage to see through Bianca’s witch disguise. Understanding the person behind the mask was worth every single fear I experienced.
What advice would you give to a teen or anyone who is faced with the type of conflict you faced?
No matter what things look like on the outside, and even no matter what they feel like on the inside, God is ALWAYS in control. Believe in Him. Trust Him. Jump off that great big mountain of fear and let him catch you mid-air. He’ll never let you fall.
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
Great advice, Molly. I look forward to talking with Anna on Wednesday.
Is the power of forgiveness really stronger than a Witcha’be spell?
New to the small community of Redbend, Molly Sanders is delighted when she and Lenni Flemming become instant friends during the final weeks of her first Oklahoma summer. However, Bianca Ravenwood, Lenni’s best friend and self-proclaimed witch in training, is less than thrilled. In fact, she’s cursing mad, vowing to destroy Molly while honing her craft in the halls of Redbend High School.
Molly’s new school becomes a waking nightmare as Bianca, beautiful wannabe witch, targets her in a jealous rage. Plagued by terrifying, inexplicable occurrences and an embarrassing case of panic-induced hiccups, Molly is unable to escape Bianca’s snare.
But if Bianca refuses to back down and Molly refuses to stand up, not only will Molly lose the best friend she’s ever had…she may also lose her sanity.
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Anna Kittrell works as a middle school secretary in the same small, Oklahoma town where she grew up. There she resides with her high school sweetheart-turned-husband, Tim, and their sixteen-year-old daughter.
Anna has written stories for as long as she can remember. She still has most of her tattered creations—leftovers she was unable to sell on the playground for a dime—written in childish handwriting on notebook paper, bound with too many staples. Her love of storytelling has grown throughout the years. She is thrilled her tales are now worth more than ten cents.