We Chicks are always spellbound by today’s guest author, the ever-bewitching Angela M. Sanders. Her series include the Joanna Hayworth Vintage Clothing Mysteries, the Booster Club Capers, and (as Clover Tate) the Kite Shop Mysteries. If you haven’t met Angela or her intriguing sleuths yet, here’s your chance!
Do You Believe in Magic?
As a writer, sometimes I feel I’ve done enough research to earn a couple of college degrees. For my vintage clothing series, I stood in line at estate sales at dawn and learned out how to lift B.O. from 1940s cocktail dresses. For my Kite Shop Mysteries, I built a kite from scraps of mylar. For the Booster Club Capers, I studied safe-cracking techniques and midcentury cons.
These days, I’m learning to cast spells.
Kensington just signed me to write the Witch Way Librarian mysteries, featuring—you guessed it—a witch. In Bait and Witch, the first of the series, Josie Way flees the Library of Congress, where she blew the whistle on a powerful senator’s aide, to take a job in tiny Wilfred, Oregon. When she arrives, she discovers that the Wilfred library is slated for demolition—and there’s a dead guy in the cookbook section. She also learns she’s from a long line of witches with magic that manifests in unpredictable ways.
I started my witch research skeptical, but intending to have fun. My house is now strewn with books on Wicca, grimoires, and folk magic traditions. I’m not crazy about rhyming spells with old English words, and there’s no way you’ll get me skyclad (aka nude) in public. But, hey, as a kid I watched Bewitched and spent hours trying to wiggle my nose to get my bed to make itself. Kitchen witch traditions intrigue me, and I’ve always loved synchronicities and stories of prophetic dreams. Practical as I think I am, a part of me believes in magic.
Josie’s magic is fantasy (singing books, anyone?), but here’s something witchy you can do this Friday, when the moon will be full. All you need is a paper and pen, a candle, and the memory of a loved relative or friend who has passed.
First, light the candle and make an offering for your ancestor or friend. I plan on thinking of my grandmother, so I’ll set out a cup of coffee in a mug that reminds me of the one she always drank from. Maybe I’ll prop a photo of us nearby—grandma with her steel gray hair and a homemade cotton dress holding baby me in her lap. Then, ponder what you want more of in your life. Love? Health? Tactics to deal with your cranky boss? Now, write a letter to your ancestor asking for help. Think about how she would approach the issue. When you’re finished, thank her and blow out the candle.
That’s it! No magic wand required. At the very least, I bet you’ll come up with new thoughts about improving your life. And, who knows? Maybe something surprising—something magical—will come of it.
Angela M. Sanders writes the Joanna Hayworth Vintage Clothing Mysteries and the Booster Club Capers. As Clover Tate, she wrote the Kite Shop Mysteries. Angela has two cats—one of whom is black, of course—and a witch’s freckle in her left eye. To learn more about Angela and her books, please visit her website AngelaMSanders.com.
Readers what about you? Do you believe in magic? Better yet, tell us something magical that has happened to you.