Blog Tour Part 3: Author Interview & Book Giveaway: The Star Prophecy by Joan Sowards

Welcome to author Joan Sowards.

I live in Mesa, Arizona, and earned a BS from Arizona State University after attending Mesa Community College and Brigham Young University. Music has been my life since I was young. The highlight of my growing-up years was singing in school choirs, then at MCC, BYU, and ASU. I’ve written music for many years, and have a website where my songs can be heard and sheet music printed. I write a song for the YW scripture theme each year and also an annual Christmas song.

I joined American Night Writers Association, an organization for LDS women writers, in its early years, and wrote my first novel about 17 years ago. Through ANWA I learned to improve my writing skills. My first published work was in Covenant Communications’ “A Merry Little Christmas,” a book of short stories. Walnut Springs Press published Haunts Haven in 2009, and then Chocolate Roses & The Star Prophecy in 2010.

My husband and I have five grown children and three grandchildren. They are all musical and are into film making, so life is never boring!


If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
To the past to ask all those genealogy questions still unanswered.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Chocolate chip.

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
French toast.

Night owl, or early bird?
I am a night owl.

One food you would never eat?
Tongue, eyeballs, baby squid.

Pet Peeves?
That TV has changed so much from the happy tube of my childhood.

Skittles or M&Ms?
Peanut M&Ms

Favorite Cartoon?
Duck Tales

What do you do when you are in-between books?
Right now I’m directing the stake musical.

Where is your favorite place to read/write?
In the big chair in my bedroom.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
I want people to take a different look at the nativity story.

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
I loved Nancy Drew in my early years. Later–Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier.

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
The theme song for The Star Prophecy would be Of Christ. Hear it at
I wrote a theme song for The Star Prophecy when my working title was We Have Seen His Star, but as it often happens, the publisher changed the title. The sheet music can be printed here.

What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you’d be embarrassed to admit?
Pollyanna 🙂

Write a haiku about your book.
A believing heart
That earnestly seeks the Christ
Will surely find Him.

Please visit Joan’s blog:

The Star Prophecy: A Book of Mormon Adventure by Joan Sowards:

You are crazy. No Nephite has ever returned.
Most people laugh when they hear of Enoch’s dream of returning to Jerusalem to find the infant Messiah. Even Enoch’s future father-in-law mocks him when he asks for a postponement of his long-awaited wedding to his beloved Rebekah. A few take Enoch seriously – the shipbuilder Omnihah, Enoch’s teacher David, and the prophet Nephi.
Five years before, a Lamanite named Samuel had stood on the wall of Zarahemla and prophesied that “five years more cometh” and the Christ would be born in Jerusalem. Time is running out! Enoch knows he must set sail across the great waters in search of his dream – to see the face of the Messiah.
The Star Prophecy is a surprising story of courage and love, faith and fortitude. Sail with Enoch and his friends across the sea through hardship and adventure in search of the Christ child.

Make sure you’ve taken time to check out Part 1 and Part 2 of this tour.

Giveaway Details:
There are 3 copies of The Star Prophecy available for giveaway as part of the blog tour (See Part 1 of this tour for details). 
I have an additional copy of the book The Star Prophecy to giveaway on this blog.  To enter you must fill out the form below.
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Giveaway ends 2/6/11

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