About A.L.

About me

I was born in Atlanta, Georgia and grew up in Moses Lake, Washington. Then I came to Utah to attend school and ended up staying. Books have always been an important part of my life. I remember writing self-illustrated storybooks at my grandparent’s house when I was in elementary school (none of those made it to publication for many good reasons) and attending my first writer’s conference when I was in third grade.

Another big part of my early life was swimming. I swam for the Big Bend Manta Rays, the Moses Lake Manta Rays, Moses Lake High School, and Brigham Young University. In addition to swimming, I studied Political Science and English at BYU.

Now I’m a busy mom with three young children. I still love to read and I also love to write. 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.

I find great joy in being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You can read more about my religious beliefs at Mormon.org.

What can you expect from my books?

A little mystery, a little history, a little romance, and a lot of action, adventure, and suspense. Primarily, I write to entertain. I also hope my books will teach readers something new about history or about life (anything from the wisdom of wearing your seatbelt to the truth that it’s never too late to change). My novels usually take place during wartime, so there is some violence, but it’s not gory or excessive. I keep the language and romance family-friendly. My goal is for my writing to be thrilling, clean, and uplifting.


whitney logoEspionage: 2012 Whitney Award finalist, Historical Fiction category

Deadly Alliance: 2014 Whitney Award finalist, Historical Fiction category

If you’re still curious . . .

Still want to know more about me? Feel free to stalk my Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter, and Pinterest pages. I’ve also done in-depth interviews with The Good Word Podcast (2013 and 2015), Tanya Parker Mills, Gobs and Gobs of Books, Joan Sowards, I Love to Read and Review BooksThe Book Bug, Julie Coulter Bellon, The Bookish Owl, Writing Belle, The Write Chris, and I Am A Reader, Not a Writer (2012, 2013, and 2015).

Also, I’m an Amazon associate, so if you click on some of this site’s links and make a purchase, Amazon gives me a small advertising fee, but it won’t affect your price!

  1. #1 by Sheila on February 12, 2012 - 11:43 am

    I like your bio Amanda, very well done!


    • #2 by A.L. Sowards on February 19, 2012 - 3:28 pm

      Thanks Sheila!


    • #3 by Melodie on June 6, 2013 - 7:52 pm

      Hi Amanda,
      I’ve just finished Espionage and absolutely loved it. I couldn’t read fast enough and was so curious as to how it would end. I can’t wait to read Sworn Enemy and have already purchased it thru Amazon. That time in history is so fascinating – and so full of ‘ordinary’ people put in extraordinary situations.

      Love your bio and especially the mention of Moses Lake and the Manta Rays (if you remember me it would be as Alicia’s Mom). So glad you are doing well, am proud of you and will continue to look forward to your books! They are great reads – keep it up!


    • #4 by A.L. Sowards on June 7, 2013 - 1:53 pm

      Thank you so much for your note, Melodie! I’m so glad you enjoyed Espionage. I have fond memories of swimming–and of the poor swimmer moms we dragged all across the state for swim meets. I hope you and Alicia are doing well!


  2. #5 by Kathy Perrins on February 28, 2012 - 8:21 pm

    Great bio…I like your posted goal. Great pic too!


  3. #7 by Kelly Nelson on April 13, 2012 - 8:30 pm

    I really enjoyed reading your bio and I love how you described your books. :)


    • #8 by A.L. Sowards on April 14, 2012 - 10:33 am

      Thanks Kelly! And thank you for joining my blog for an interview!


  4. #9 by Jessica on April 24, 2012 - 3:54 pm

    I just saw your book in the desert book and was curious where your husband’s family is from. My maiden name is Sowards and was just curious as “Sowards” is definately not a very common name. Thanks for your time and your book looks good!


    • #10 by A.L. Sowards on April 24, 2012 - 7:17 pm

      Hi Jessica! My husband’s family is from the San Luis Valley in Colorado. I’ll email you more details. Thanks for stopping by the website!


  5. #11 by Juanita on May 5, 2012 - 1:56 pm

    My daughter just gave me your book, I haven’t had a chance to read it yet but I am looking forward to it. My mothers madien name is Sowards and came from Manassa, Colorado. Her fathers name was Harmon Sowards and they moved to Vernal, Utah.


    • #12 by A.L. Sowards on May 6, 2012 - 7:12 pm

      I don’t know Harmon, but my husband’s family is from Manassa, so I bet we’re related somehow. It’s a small world, huh? I’m so glad your daughter bought you a copy of Espionage. Books make great gifts, right?


  6. #13 by Vickie Mayer on March 17, 2013 - 2:32 am

    Hi, I am also looking for a couple with the last name Sowards. There names are William and Sheila Yvonne. I would imagine they are somewhere around 60. I know that they have lived in places like Ohio, Indiana, and California. It would change my husband’s life to learn anything about them. Have you ever heard the names? Thanks, Vickie


    • #14 by A.L. Sowards on March 20, 2013 - 10:31 am

      Vickie, I don’t know a William and Sheila Yvonne Sowards, but I’ll ask a few people and email you what I find out.


  7. #15 by Jody on June 5, 2013 - 3:34 pm

    We enjoy our stories on CD during our commutes to work.
    We have listened to Espionage several times now.
    Do you know if you will be releasing Sworn Enemy on CD soon?


  8. #17 by Anonymous on July 31, 2013 - 12:42 pm

    My 93 year old father, who is a voracious reader, just “discovered” your books and he’s loving them. He was interested that one of your characters had ties to Shelley, Idaho and was wondering if you also were familiar with that little town (near where he lives).


    • #18 by A.L. Sowards on July 31, 2013 - 1:52 pm

      I’m glad your father is enjoying my books! I’ve never lived in Shelley–I’ve just driven past it a few times. I wanted my main character to be from a small farming town in potato country, because I grew up in potato country. But most people don’t realize eastern Washington grows so many potatoes, so I decided on Idaho. I met a few people from Shelley at BYU and it seemed like a good fit. Plus, it’s close to the Idaho Falls temple, which was finished just after the end of WWII.


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