A. L. Sowards is the author of multiple historical fiction novels, with settings spanning the globe from the fourteenth to twentieth centuries. Her stories have earned a Whitney Award, several Whitney Finalists positions, a Foreword Indies Finalists spot, and a Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal. She enjoys hiking and swimming, usually manages to keep up with the laundry, and loves it when someone else cooks dinner. She currently lives in the insanely beautiful state of Alaska with her husband, three children, and an ever-growing library.
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 for a few decades before moving to Alaska. 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. (I still hold MLHS’s school record for the 100 yard breaststroke.) 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 ComeUntoChrist.org.
What you can 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. 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. I try to make my writing thrilling, clean, and uplifting.
Awards and Honors:
Before the Fortress Falls: Editors’ Choice Selection, Historical Novel Society.
Heirs of Falcon Point: Best Mystery Romance, 2021 Swoony Awards. 15th Annual Whitney Award finalist, General/Historical category. 2022 RONE finalist. 2021 Foreword INDIES finalist, War & Military category.
Of Sword and Shadow: Gold medal in Christian Historical Fiction, Readers’ Favorite 2021 Book Awards. 15th Annual Whitney Award finalist, General/Historical category.
The Redgrave Murders: Recommended rating from The Historical Novel Society.
Defiance: 2017 Whitney Award finalist, Historical Fiction category.
The Rules in Rome: 2015 Whitney Award winner, Historical Fiction category.
Deadly Alliance: 2014 Whitney Award finalist, Historical Fiction category.
Espionage: 2012 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, Instagram, 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 Books, The 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).