Molly Levite Griffis is an inveterate letter writer. Not those boring one-size-fits-all E-mail things, but real letters transported by snails. Like the heroine of Five Two, Five Blue (She is, in fact, that little girl grown up), Molly grew up in the small Oklahoma town of Apache in a soft and gentle time.
Reluctantly, Molly abandoned her lead pencil and Big Chief tablet and adapted to a typewriter. But the
same technological advances which took away the Central telephone operator and gave us rapid dial, have eliminated production of typewriter ribbons. She is down to her last
three. Luckily, she is a founding member of The Lead Pencil Club. So when the ribbons run out, she’ll happily go back to her Big Chief tablet and pencil.
In 1955, when Molly was a junior in high school, she was
selected to attend Oklahoma Girls State, an inspirational training ground in government for juniors in high school. She was elected governor and selected to represent
the state at Girls Nation in Washington D.C.
Those experiences instilled a love of her country and a
patriotic pride which shines through in her children's books, THE RACHEL RESISTANCE and
THE FEESTER FILIBUSTER, where the American Legion Hut is the focal point of activity
for the young people during the war years.
Molly is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and lives in Norman, Oklahoma. She has
two grown children, a red-haired daughter, who was the inspiration for Rachel, and a writer son who lives in the Czech Republic.