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A.L. Sowards

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I love books, so that makes Goodreads my favorite social media site. As a reader, I enjoy a variety of books. As a writer, I create historical novels with a wholesome mix of action, adventure, and romance. My stories include a Whitney Award winner, several Whitney finalists, and a Gold Medal winner in the Readers' Favorite Book Awards.

I'm a wife and a mother of three, and I've called Washington State, Utah, and Alaska home. I'm usually reading a couple books at once and working on multiple writing projects too. Other than that, my life is pretty ordinary. I'm grateful for that. I'll let the characters in my books have all the adventures.

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A.L. Sowards It depends on why I’m having writer’s block. Sometimes it’s because I need to do more research before I can really do a scene justice. If that’s the c…moreIt depends on why I’m having writer’s block. Sometimes it’s because I need to do more research before I can really do a scene justice. If that’s the case, I do more research. If I’m just not sure what should happen next, I usually skip ahead and write a different part of the story. Writing the book out of order often leads to more revisions, but it helps keep momentum going, and that’s important for getting the first draft down.(less)
A.L. Sowards Thank you for your question, Linda! As of 2016, four of my five books are available as audiobooks: The Spider and the Sparrow, The Rules in Rome, Espi…moreThank you for your question, Linda! As of 2016, four of my five books are available as audiobooks: The Spider and the Sparrow, The Rules in Rome, Espionage, and Sworn Enemy. All are read by Jason Tatom, who does a great job with the foreign accents. The books are available as boxed CD sets, or as MP3 downloads on Deseret Book or Seagull Book. (The Spider and the Sparrow is new enough that the CDs aren’t in stock online and the MP3 versions aren’t up yet, but I expect it to be more widely available in the next few weeks.)

I’m sorry your local library doesn’t carry them. Some libraries are very open to patron purchasing requests and some libraries aren’t. Does your library do interlibrary loan?(less)
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“Living a life of faith doesn’t mean everything will be easy. It just means you have better perspective when the hard things come.”
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“No one had ever said turning the other cheek was easy, but I was determined to try when it came to my brother.”
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“Some family you’re born with.” I put my hand on his shoulder. “Some family you collect along the way.”
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