“Charity found a niche market with The Magic Wakes, combining the elements of science fiction, fantasy, magic and romance in a way that readers enjoy. I was really happy to see her completing a sequel and continuing Talia’s story in this new book,” says Maldonado.
Returning to a story world after taking some time off is not easy. “I needed to keep not only events of the first novel in mind, but also the major events planned for books three and four in the series. Each one needs to build on the previous one. I had to look at The Magic Wakes as the inciting incident for the series because there is so much left to tell.”
Bradford’s first novel holds a special place for her. It is the one “that saved me from depression. It is the struggle of my own heart thinly veiled in a science fantasy setting. The challenge to overcome fears, allow others into my life, feel the pain so I can enjoy the happiness and above all become more than I am.” Since finishing and submitting The Magic Wakes sequel, she is busy with other projects. Several are in the sci fi/fantasy realm and all have a touch of romance. She is currently working on a romance novella with a group of amazing authors. Our Valentine’s in Eureka Springs will be available in January 2016.
“Charity is a hard-working and very talented author,” says Maldonado. “She is developing a following with the work she has out so far, and as she continues writing books her fan base will grow. We at WiDo look forward to publishing The Magic Wakes sequel next year. We hope there are several more to follow.”
Bradford’s greatest joy in writing is “watching an idea take shape. A first draft is so often skinny and devoid of life. Revisions help that weak baby grow stronger until it’s fully grown and full of emotions. Seeing the improvements over time make all the hard work worth it.”
She has started an annual short story writing contest for high school students, no entry fee. The top 20 receive feedback on their story from the judges as well as the opportunity to work through revisions to be included in an anthology. There are cash prizes for the top three winners. The contest runs August through November, so head over to the website to read the rules and see this year’s theme. boldnewworlds.blogspot.com Last year’s anthology is available on Amazon, with all royalties going to fund the contest prizes.