Why I Started Writing:

Ever since I was small, I’ve loved words. I loved them in books and in songs and spent most of my time reading and singing. Stories transported me to wondrous places. Music filled me with passion and emotion. At some point, I realized that I could use words to build my own unique places, characters, and stories. It wasn’t until much later I realized that I could also fuse my love of music with my love of writing, and blend them into something that felt like real magic. I truly feel that this blessing from God is a little piece of magic that He gave me, and one that I can share with others. It’s both my privilege and my grandest adventure to find new ways to display the incredible nature of the cosmos; to stretch a hand out to touch the wonder of this vast universe God created, and to share it with everyone who turns the pages of my books.

Authors Who Have Influenced Me:

Anne McCaffrey instilled in me an early and life-long love of Dragons and opened my eyes to the fact that I could take something and mold it into whatever I dreamed, breathe life into it, and let it take wing. It was C.S. Lewis with the Chronicles of Narnia who planted the idea in my brain that I could share biblical truths in a Fantasy story, but it wasn’t until I read the Muirwood books by Jeff Wheeler that I really started to understand it could be done successfully in today’s market. I followed his writing (and of course read everything he’d written). When he invited some of his followers to post their own work for his review, I jumped at the chance. His positive response to Child of Prophecy gave me the excitement that I needed to keep going. It was the water and the sunlight I needed to grow the seed of an idea into the vision of a full garden. It was then that the reality of what I could do with my writing really started to blossom in me.

Books I Have Written:

Child of Prophecy, the first book in the Divide Series, asks the hard question: Am I enough? It looks through the eyes of a teenaged girl struggling to find her place in the world and takes her on a journey of self-acceptance. I wanted this book to showcase the fact that we shouldn’t base our sense of value on how others see us, or even on how we see ourselves, but only on the fact that our Creator loved us enough to die in our place. If we’re worth that much to Him, how can we see ourselves as anything less?

What I'm Working On Now:

Books two and three in the Divide Series continue with the characters from book one as they learn about themselves and each other and experience both the wonder and peril that life has to offer.

Child of Destiny is complete, and cameos one of my favorite characters, Mnementh the Dragon, who also featured in my short-story prequel, The Dragon Between Worlds. This book takes an even deeper look at the relationship between the music and magic and forces the characters to decide whether choosing the lesser of two evils is good enough.

Child of Grace is nearly complete. In this book, each of the characters will be faced with the choice between following their own desires or doing what’s right. Some will follow the light, and some will fall as they face the ultimate decision that we all must face in whether to accept the gift of grace or turn away from it.

T. E. Bradford

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