Which bewitching author joins us on Chicks today to tell us about her new Witch Way Librarian series? One of our very favorite guests: Angela M. Sanders, known for her Joanna Hayworth vintage clothing mystery series and Kite Shop cozies (as Clover Tate). Fly us away, Angie!
Who’s your favorite witch?
While writing Bait and Witch, I surveyed the world of fictional witches—research, you know—and it turns out there are a lot of them out there. Grimm’s Fairy Tales supply the classic crone-style witch, who lives in the woods and may eat children. From there the field widens to include witches in novels (for example, Harry Potter or the Owens witches in Alice Hoffman’s Practical Magic trilogy), television witches (“Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” anyone?), and witches in movies (“Rosemary’s Baby,” “Hocus Pocus”).
My witchy formation happened in front of the TV set, where I came to love “Bewitched.” Samantha is a fair-minded, pretty witch, and I spent hours copying her, flinging my fingers in vain, hoping to hear the harp noise that accompanied casting spells. But my favorite witch on the show is Samantha’s mother, Endora.
What’s not to like about Endora? Her wardrobe is packed with filmy caftans in outrageous colors, and she wears enough blue eyeshadow to keep Max Factor in the black. She’s fiercely protective of her daughter, and she has a snappy comeback for every situation, especially if it involves her son-in-law (who I admit never seemed good enough for Samantha). Meek, bumbling Aunt Clara is a pretty terrific witch, too.
I also adore Glenda the Good Witch from the movie version of The Wizard of Oz. I admit, a big part of my fascination is with her gown and her fabulous crown. (I dream of the day crowns and magic wands are in fashion. Think—you could use the wand to push germy elevator buttons or to part the crowd on the subway with a few well-placed pokes.)
Another favorite witch is Gillian, played by Kim Novak in the 1958 movie “Bell, Book, and Candle.” Gillian knows a lot about art, slinks around barefoot, and hangs out at the groovy Zodiac Club. Plus, she casts spells through her Siamese cat, Pyewacket. (If you like classic films, you should also check out Veronica Lake in the 1942 comedy “I Married a Witch.”)
Clearly, I tend toward comedic witches and away from the darker ones, and it shows in Bait and Witch’s heroine Josie Way. As Josie learns to manage her new-found magic—with sometimes scary, sometimes funny results—she learns that being a witch truly means being more of who she really is. Maybe someday Josie will be someone’s favorite witch.
About the Author:
Angela M. Sanders writes the Witch Way Librarian cozies (Kensington) and the Joanna Hayworth vintage clothing mysteries (Widow’s Kiss Books). As Clover Tate, she wrote the Kite Shop cozies (Berkley Prime Crime). When not at her laptop, Angela rummages in thrift shops, lounges with a vintage crime novel and a fat tabby cat, and pontificates about how to make the perfect martini. She also has a witch’s freckle in her left eye. www.angelamsanders.com. Instagram: @angela.m.sanders Facebook: @AngelaMSanders
About the Book:
“Zippy and fun, with just enough ambiance to satisfy readers seeking spooks and humor.” ~ Kirkus Reviews
Josie Way loved working among the Library of Congress’s leather-scented stacks—until she uncovered corruption and made herself a target. As Wilfred, Oregon’s new librarian, Josie can stay undercover until the case goes to court. But life in this little town isn’t as subdued as she expected. The library, housed in a Victorian mansion, is slated to be bulldozed. Still digesting the news that her safe haven is about to become scrap lumber, Josie discovers a body in the woods.
Almost as shocking, Josie learns that she’s descended from a long line of witches—and her powers have suddenly sprung to life. With help from a spoiled alley cat who just may be her familiar, Josie’s thumbing through a catalog of suspects, hoping she can conjure a way to save her library—and her life.
Readers, let Angie know in the comments: Who’s your favorite witch?