The reason I write, the passion that drives me, is to relate the things I have been through on my journey here. I learned seven years ago when taking it up to be the tool in healing me from anger, disappointments, bitter unforgiveness, pride (which is the root of those emotions), and an agonizing broken heart.
The Wisdom nuggets I discovered from it began revealing themselves in the writings as well. And when going back to a book in the ARLH series already published in print and ebook to produce the audiobook I rediscover them. The fascinating thing is they are so timely at that point in my life - again. It takes a lot of listening in the editing during the production of an audiobook. I merely want to help others if I can by sharing what has been invaluable to me.
The one thing I want you to know - and please hear my heart in this - I do not write for attention. It scares the water out of me. However, I do know we must grow. I believe we are here to help each other in our journey.
I am a passionate being in all I do. That has been both good and bad. But, I've learned - and still am - how to harness the wild monkey for the good.
If you yearn for characters with whom you can relate, long for stories of substance and intricate plots, and crave to feel good after having them placed inside your skull, then you want All Roads Lead Home. I do understand some folks don't like to read or just don't have the time. That's the beauty of audiobooks. And if you love the velvet tones of someone resembling Sam Elliot with the masterful gifting of a true storyteller, then you will love hearing J. Rodney Turner speaking the books into life as much as I do.
L. L. Ward is the youngest of six. Last of the litter she often refers to herself. And from the get-go this one was different. Why even her own mama had many, many times remarked, "that one's sure a puzzlement. I'm just not real sure where that young'un came from."
L. L. had a strong pull toward stories of old from an early age. She loved sitting at the feet of her grandfather, listening to his about times passed, longing to have been a part of them herself. Couple that with an insatiable curiosity to human behavior - a cooler way of saying she was a nosy kid and dedicated people-watcher - and you have the makings of detailed, historical fiction told in a way that won't put you to sleep. And then wrap them around characters that are so real you can pick your family out of them. That is L. L.'s flavor of writing.
L. L., from a Facebook post, back in February of 2014:
A few days back, (Monday, Feb. 3rd) it kept crossing my thoughts to share what was my motivation, my reason for publishing. Being an extremely private person, it purely isn't for the attention or anything that would take away my desire for anonymity. I shared these reasons on my Facebook status that evening.
This is that:
Hasn't been asked yet, but I'm going to tell you. Why I decided to publish this book. I finished it a little over nine months before I decided to put it out there. To me, I just wanted to complete it. Finishing it, that was for me.
But, six months later, I had a surgeon say to me, "it might be cancer. I won't know until I get in there." Three months later, after surgery, I was fighting for my life with a staph infection that had gone systemic.
That was my moment.
To stay and finish what I knew I was to finish or go home. You see the choice I made. That nasty word cancer has touched my life more than once. I lived it daily and hourly with my mom. It finally took a dear friend of mine, my sis-n-law, but she'd beat it four times before. She was and still is, such an inspiration to me. My brother, my closest friend aside from my mom, battled it. I modeled the main character of my book, Jesse, after him. All three of them touched me so deeply, inspired me, and truly made me a better person just witnessing their lives. I've learned in so many ways over these last few years how little it takes for me to live.
And so, I have many, many plans for these books. To help people dealing with cancer and their families, homeless families trying to keep it together, our working poor doing their best to keep a roof over their family's heads, our veterans who are injured and left with emotional scars that no one can fathom. I want to send books over to our currently serving warriors keeping guard over us. And yes, I plan to help out ministries that I know first-hand that are hitting the streets and visiting the forgotten in prison.
Further, I want to help out the animal rescue folks and see to it that they have all the equipment and supplies they need to take care of these babies.
All these scenarios mentioned above are why we are here. Every book you purchase will help accomplish these monumental tasks with me. This sounds like a lot, I know. But, with your help, we can do all of it. Thank you. I love all of you - even if we haven't yet met. But we don't have to for me to honestly say that.