About Arleen

“I’m thrilled with the feedback I’ve received on the Darcy Farthing adventure series. The books can each be read alone so you don’t have to start with the first in series. Of course, many readers like to start at the beginning of the journey. This series has thought-provoking contemporary themes, topical social issues, and fascinating characters in exotic locations. I love to travel, including by cruise ship and all the locations in the books are informed by my personal experiences as well as research.”

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Somewhere far south of the border. Join me here in Darcy’s adventures.

Arleen Alleman is a former senior analyst with the Government Accountability Office where she wrote extensively on many topics ranging from satellite systems to endangered species. She describes herself as a generalist with a variety of interests and professional experiences. She has worked as a fashion model, insurance adjuster, government analyst, jewelry artist, boutique owner, children’s literacy tutor, and has written songs and offers her time as a speaker. She has a science education, primarily in biology, but loves everything having to do with science and nature.

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Along with physical fitness and health, her interests include reading, traveling, and studying the origins of religion. In 2002, she retired from the GAO and searched for the next thing to pursue. She began to build a custom design jewelry business working with pure silver clay.

“Working with the earth’s beautiful metals, gems, stones, pearls, shells, and wood, and turning them into wearable pieces of art was extremely uplifting and satisfying.”

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.999 silver, garnet, trilobite fossil pin

In 2005, after selling her creations at a popular coop in Castle Rock, Colorado, and at art shows and galleries, she decided to open her own home decor and jewelry boutique. In  2010 she realized a life-long dream with the publication of her first novel, Currents Deep and Deadly. She closed her shop to concentrate on writing.

Soon thereafter, she had the unfortunate experience of receiving a breast cancer diagnosis followed by ten months of treatment.

“I’ve emerged only somewhat scathed from that ordeal. I guess this begins the next stage in my evolving life journey—or riding this current to the end, as my character Darcy Farthing would say.”

Arleen has been writing for forty years, including much non-fiction technical writing for the Government Accountability Office. A life-long reader, at around age fourteen, she read a number of mysteries and decided she would like to write novels. Much later in life, she finally fulfilled her dream to write fiction in the form of The Darcy Farthing series, inspired by her travel adventures. Arleen has two sons and lives with her husband in Colorado. She is also an unabashed cat lover.

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