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Character Interview: Molly Sanders from Witcha’be by Anna Marie Kittrell

EbookCover_Witcha'beToday’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.

About 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.

You can view the book’s trailer here

You can purchase Witcha’be here:

Anna Marie KittrellAbout the author, Anna Marie Kittrell:

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.

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

21 Comments Post a comment
  1. LOL! MY middle name is Lou.
    I enjoyed this interview very much. I always like to find out the real scoop about the characters.

    December 30, 2013
    • Mary Lou–I love it! My middle name is Marie–same as Molly. I am so glad you enjoyed the interview, Mary. Molly had a blast. It will be my turn to be interviewed on Inner Source, on New Year’s Day.

      December 30, 2013
  2. Carlene Havel #

    I love character interviews! And Witcha Be sounds like a wonderful book. Nice post.

    December 30, 2013
    • Hi Carlene 🙂 I am so glad you stopped by. I’m always a little worried about what a character will say about me…interfering in their world and all… lol
      I hope you’ll have time to read Witcha’be one day. Someone told me it took an hour and a half. Apparently, I’m a MUCH slower reader!

      December 30, 2013
  3. Lindsey Paley #

    Great interview. I feel I really know Molly Lou now!!

    December 30, 2013
    • Thank you, Lindsey! I truly feel like I know her better now, too. I have heard other writers say that they conduct character interviews before they begin to write their books. I understand that concept now, and believe that could be a great writing tool. What a cool way to get a handle on deep POV.

      December 30, 2013
  4. Kimberly Jackson #

    Nice interview. Looking forward to reading the book.

    December 30, 2013
    • I appreciate it, Kimberly. I am happy you stopped by. I will be back on New Year’s day. But I fear my author interview might not measure up to Molly’s. I think I have character-envy…
      Just kidding. I hope you’ll stop by again 🙂

      December 30, 2013
  5. Character interviews are the best introductions to stories! Thanks for sharing from your cool new book.

    December 30, 2013
  6. Great of you to visit me, Lisa. I think so too–character interviews help us to read between the lines. I find them enthralling, almost as if I’m reading a celebrity’s biography. Or–as a better example– a good friend’s testimony 🙂

    December 30, 2013
  7. Nice to get to know Molly this way, and the book sounds awesome! Have fun with it, Anna! 🙂

    December 30, 2013
    • Thank you, Lynn! It was a lot of fun to write…for the most part 🙂 I learned so much. Once upon a time, Witcha’be was 90,000 words long, and now it is 57,000 words.

      December 30, 2013
  8. Wow, I enjoyed getting to know you, Mary Lou. I look forward to reading your story. It sounds like you have a lot to deal with, but I’m sure with a great friend by your side, and with faith, it will all turn out fine.

    December 30, 2013
    • Aw! Thanks, Alicia. If Fay had interviewed Bianca, instead of Molly, I would’ve been a bit nervous…
      So glad you stopped by!

      December 30, 2013
  9. Kim #

    It sounds like a fun and unique story with some great lessons for all ages.

    December 30, 2013
  10. I love how you summed it up, Kim. That’s exactly what I hope Witcha’be is to readers 🙂

    December 30, 2013
  11. Paulette Henderson #

    It was fun to meet Molly. And great to learn about character interviews. Got to be a little spooky to let your character out by herself. Does she have a curfew? Just kidding.

    December 31, 2013
    • Hahaha, Paulette! A curfew–I love it. I hadn’t thought of that, but I’d better give her one. Can’t have her doing interviews all hours of the night!
      I am thrilled you stopped by 🙂 Tomorrow I will be on again, with an author interview. Friday I will be here with a special post about the different ways God infiltrated the pages of Witcha’be.

      December 31, 2013
  12. Don’t you love being a writer? It’s the only profession where we can talk to our “imaginary” friends, and people don’t think we’re strange. The character interview was a great way to get to know your characters. Good luck!

    December 31, 2013

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