About the Book
Book: Heart of the Ajs
Author: T.E. Bradford
Genre: Fantasy / Sci-Fi blend
Release Date: September 16, 2019
She has magic she cannot use…
He has a secret she must uncover.
THE SIX WORLDS OF BAQA
ASFAR, first planet from the sun is a desert planet steeped in superstition and tradition. Nafisa el Faruz is the princess, defender of the sun and champion of her people. Hers is the most powerful magic—zaman, holder of time.
TRINITOS, third planet, is home to the sky gate and the wicked man who controls its use, the Ajs An’hlj. He is yunfah—a wind walker, one who can control the air itself. The only thing he covets more than control is power, and he has his sights set on Nafisa.
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About the Author
Tracy is the author of the Divide Series, Six World Sagas, and International Bestseller: Kindled Legends – Written in the Stars.
When she’s not busy writing, she can be found taking a scenic drive with her family, snapping photos, or giving voices to her son’s stuffed animals. She reclines her feet in Upstate New York with her very own grumpy kitty, the husband God made just for her, and the son who is her forever best story.
More from Tracy
A large part of the plot for Heart of the Ajs stemmed from a conversation I had with my son. He’d asked me why he still had bad dreams, even after praying for God to take them away.
I searched for the words to explain why God doesn’t always say yes. Sometimes he says no. Or maybe. Or wait–which for me is the hardest answer of all. I thought of an example from when we’d been looking for a new house and didn’t get the one we’d been hoping for. We were so disappointed. But God had a better house in mind for us. We just didn’t know it yet. And at one point my job became very toxic, when after seven years of work I got pregnant and suddenly managers who’d promoted me several times were telling me I wasn’t cutting it. God had a better job in mind for me. I just didn’t know it yet.
I started to wonder if I could weave this truth into a story I’d been working on about a girl who didn’t feel her father or God were listening. She couldn’t see a way out, or understand how anything good could come from where she was.
Yet our precious Heavenly Father always has a plan. A perfect, incredible plan far beyond our wildest imaginings. One He is faithful to reveal with perfect timing.
Even if we may not know it yet.
When/how did you decide to become a writer?
I’m not sure I ever did decide. I was always torn between music and writing, thinking I had to pick one or the other. It took years for me to realize I could do both.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
Hah! Great question. I would say I have this thing about revealing info. I love to start a story or chapter, and only reveal to the reader later who it is they’re seeing or hearing. For me, it’s part of enhancing the impact. But I drive my editor crazy.
What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
Have you ever had a late-night snack, like a sandwich piled with every leftover in the fridge? My writing schedule is like that. Family-Job-Write-Job-Other-Family with a dollop of writing on top.
If you could live inside a book, which one would it be?
Hmmm. That’s a tough one. Mostly because great books usually also have terrible events or villains. Narnia is beautiful, but set during WWII. Not sure I’d want to experience that first-hand. I’d have to pick the happiest, most peaceful book ever. So I pick Sand and Foam, by Kahlil Gibran.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
If you love writing, just do it. Don’t get caught up in the weeds. No one is perfect right out of the gate. We all learn, and grow, and mostly by making mistakes. Don’t put so much stock in what other’s say that it paralyzes you. People all have their own opinions, and while constructive feedback can be helpful, you have to be able to let the rest go. Write because you love it. Because it’s how you cope with life. Because it’s who you are. But mostly because it makes you happy.
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