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A Time for Sharing by Anna Marie Kittrell

Anna Marie KittrellToday’s special guest is Anna Marie Kittrell, author of one of my favorite (yes, I’ve read it) young adult novels: Witcha’be, which released on December 11, 2013. Anna  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.

Connect with Anna on her website, on Facebook, and Twitter.

At the age of six, I received a wonderful surprise. A genuine dream-come-true. My dad asked my best friend’s mom to marry him, and she said yes. The happy couple broke the news to us on an outing at the local park. Kelly and I widened our gazes at one another, clasped hands, and ran toward the swing sets giggling, calling each other “sissy.”

With long, dark hair hanging down both our backs, and only two months between us in age, people often mistook us for twins. Similar in size and stature, we even wore the same size clothing. Blending our closets to make new outfits was fun and exciting…at first, but quickly became a source of resentment. I happened to like my clothing, and didn’t take kindly to Kelly’s falling down on the playground and ripping giant holes in the knees of my favorite floral bellbottoms.

And clothing wasn’t the only thing I was expected to share. My bedroom, toys, hair accessories, pets, and even my friends, became communal belongings. It didn’t take long to realize having my best friend for a sister wasn’t the never-ending slumber party I’d imagined.

The Christmas that broke the camel’s back arrived when Kelly and I were ten. Under the decorated tree on Christmas morning, we found three lovely boxes. A present labeled with Kelly’s name, a present labeled with mine, and a present—by far the largest gift of all—labeled with both of our names. Another something to share. Humbug.

As we sat on the tree skirt shaking the packages, Dad ambled into the living room, scaring us both to death. He was nearly unrecognizable, his normally hairy chin now smooth as a baby’s bottom. He claimed Santa Claus had sneaked into the house and shaved off his beard while he slept.

“Open them,” Dad yawned, as my stepmother joined him on the sofa.

We seized our presents, shredding giftwrap like a couple of kittens in a yarn factory. Seconds later, we excitedly yanked from the tattered boxes… matching bathrobes. Sigh. At least there were two of them. Kelly’s blue, mine pink. We shoved them aside and tore into the large package bearing both of our names.

“An Atari!” Kelly shrieked, her wide smile perforated by toothless gaps.

“An Atari?” I cried, knitting my eyebrows together and crossing my arms.

Just as I predicted, the game system brought my stepsister joy beyond measure. And infinite humiliation to me. The thing was relentless, as if it could somehow feel my hatred and held a serious grudge. At dizzying speeds, asteroids crashed into my spaceship, blowing it to smithereens, while Kelly’s ship glided easily between space-rocks that moved in slow motion.

Seriously? An Atari that played favorites? Definitely not in my letter to Santa. So sad to learn the jolly old elf was ho-ho-hoing at me, not with me. (It took months for me to discover Kelly was setting my controller to “advanced,” and her own to “beginner.”)

Kelly and I are all grown up now, with adult children of our own. We dropped the step from sisters long ago. These days, we share a wonderful brother, a loving friendship, and a whole bunch of crazy memories I wouldn’t trade for the world. But most importantly, we share a love for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Sisters on earth as we shall be in Heaven. And Heaven is the one great big gift with both our names on it that I won’t mind sharing.

EbookCover_Witcha'beAbout Witcha’be

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.

Purchase Witcha’be here.

And check back with us the week of December 30, when Inner Source will welcome, Molly Sanders and her author for interviews and another guest blog post.

 

 

 

32 Comments Post a comment
  1. Liz Tyner #

    I’m so glad you had a happily ever after ending with your sister. Enjoyed the post!

    December 14, 2013
    • Thank you, Liz. Yes, I love my sister. She’s a great lady :) We made it through so much together.

      December 15, 2013
  2. What an honest story. I had to laugh when Kelly fiddled with the controllers. :)

    December 14, 2013
    • The controller-thing is one of my favorite stories. Kelly is very resourceful! Thank you so much for stopping by Suzanne :)

      December 15, 2013
  3. Wonderful story . Witcha’ be, sounds like a good read.

    December 14, 2013
    • Mary, thank you so much for stopping by. I had a lot of fun writing Witcha’be.

      December 15, 2013
  4. What a cute story–the ups and downs of Anna’s relationship with her sister, Kelly.
    I’ve also read Witcha’be, loved it, and can see where Anna found the emotions to bring to the book. Wishing you great success with your writing, Anna!

    December 14, 2013
    • Thank you, Jacqueline :) Yes, my sister had many ups and downs, but made it through–while making some great memories! I love her dearly.

      I’m excited to share more about the emotional drive behind Witcha’be. I hope you enjoy my future posts on Inner Source.

      December 15, 2013
  5. Kim #

    Nice story, especially at this time of year. Thanks for sharing and good luck on the new book.

    December 14, 2013
    • Thank you, Kim. I loved sharing this story. My sister is one of a kind <3

      December 15, 2013
  6. Loved the sister story. As someone with four sisters (as well as two brothers), I’m familiar with the surges of incomprehensible frustration, envy, and anger that intertwine through more positive emotions. What a sneaky thing for Kelly to do. Hmm, wonder if you ever did anything not-so-great to her? Families are a never-ending inspiration for stories, right? Bonnie McCune, author

    December 14, 2013
    • Thank you, Bonnie. Oh, my, yes. I’m certain I pulled some fast ones on my sister. It’s just easier to remember the times I was hijinxed :) I’d love to hear more about your family some day!

      December 15, 2013
  7. Fun blogpost, Anna. Made me smile, as you always do. Your book sounds good!

    December 14, 2013
    • Jess! One of my fave ladies :) Thank you for stopping by. I will be guesting on Inner Source again the week of Dec 30, and will be posting the real-life story behind Witcha’be.

      December 15, 2013
  8. Carlene Havel #

    Just living is great preparation for becoming an author. I love knowing more about my favorite writers! Thank you.

    December 14, 2013
    • Carlene, you are so right about life preparing us for writing! I always say truth makes great fiction. Especially those little nuggets that are sometimes easily forgotten. To find the unforgettable within the ordinary is my constant goal.

      December 15, 2013
  9. I’ve read Witcha’be, too. Great YA Novel. I enjoyed the story of your best friend becoming your sister – I’m assuming your background in the book for sharing things. :)

    December 14, 2013
    • Thank you Victoria. I am so glad you enjoyed Wicha’be. My sister and I shared so much growing up. I’m happy we made it through with our friendship intact :)

      December 15, 2013
    • Thank you Victoria. I’m glad you enjoyed Wicha’be. My sister and I shared so much growing up. I’m happy we made it through with our friendship intact :)

      December 15, 2013
  10. Lisa Lickel #

    Nice to see you here Anna! I love reading your story and knowing more about this title with the intriguing name.

    December 14, 2013
    • Hi Lisa! Thank you for visiting. I will be telling more about Witcha’be the week of December 30th. Believe it or not, the premise for the story is true :)

      December 15, 2013
  11. Lindsey Paley #

    Great interview, what a lovely story.

    December 14, 2013
    • Thank you, Lindsey. I’m glad you enjoyed it. I wouldn’t trade those memories for anything. I’m glad you stopped by.

      December 15, 2013
  12. Hi Anna, great story about your sister. I bet remembering those feelings from girlhood helped you write Witcha’be. :-)

    December 14, 2013
  13. Hi Lynn :) I have been blessed with a great “emotional memory.” I often recall the smallest instances of childhood and adolescence as if they happened yesterday. Those memories are a deep well of story material.

    December 15, 2013
  14. I enjoyed your story and I can see how it has influenced Wicha’be. Im currently reading this adorable story and loving it. The rivalry and tricks between friends who became sisters gave you a lot of insight for this delightful book. Thanks for sharing.

    December 15, 2013
  15. I’m thrilled you are enjoying Witcha’be, Gay! Yes, my childhood and adlolescence provided plenty of insight for my characters :) On December 30th, Molly will be interviewed on Inner Source, and will share her thoughts on what transpired in Witcha’be. Thanks for stopping by.

    December 15, 2013
  16. What a fabulous story! That is just so very cool. You always manage to infuse humor when you tug on my heart strings. Best of luck with Witcha’be…congratulations!

    December 15, 2013
  17. Thank you, Alicia. I’m glad you were able to find both the humor and the struggle within my story. That is exactly what I was hoping to accomplish. Thank you for stopping by. Stop by the week of December 30th for an interview with Molly, the main character of Witcha’be :)

    December 15, 2013
  18. Kim Jackson #

    Wonderful story.

    December 16, 2013
  19. Thank you so much, Kim. I’m glad you stopped by :)

    December 16, 2013
  20. I love sister stories! I’m one of five girls so I have a special place in my heart for sisters! What a neat post. Thanks for sharing. Blessings, Buffy

    December 17, 2013

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