Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Wednesday's Guest - Arleen Alleman

I have to take a break from the A to Z posts as I goofed when scheduling guests and forgot to reserve the month of April for A to Z posts. If I had my wits about me, I would have scheduled the guests on the day their name fit the alphabet letter, but I have not had my wits about me for some time. So I apologize for any inconvenience, and I guess I could use this as "o" is for ooops.

Anyway, please help me welcome Arleen Alleman, as today's Wednesday's Guest. Arleen has quite a background working with the U.S. Accountability Office, and more recently has started a mystery series. I'll let her tell you more.

I'm jealous. Arleen got to do a book-signing on a ship.
I love to hear stories about people who try new things later in life. I’m a firm believer in diving into new endeavors and I know firsthand that it’s never too late to learn something new. About four years ago, I suddenly realized that I too had one of those stories to tell.

It begins with a vivid fifty-two year old memory of a warm New Hampshire day in a wooded backyard, where my contractor father built a sturdy tree house on stilts for my brother and me. I climbed up the ladder through the trap door, and settled onto a bench with a can of orange soda and a volume of Edgar Allan Poe. I don’t remember where that particular book came from, but at age fourteen I was already an avid reader. I do remember having the thought that being a novelist must be the most wonderful job in the world, since they can turn their imaginations loose and can work almost anywhere. This thought resurfaced from time to time over many subsequent years, but did not blossom into reality.

After graduating high school in Nevada, I briefly considered a career in journalism, but life took different turns as is often the case. Following stints as a fashion model and insurance adjuster, and after a divorce, I moved my two young sons to Colorado, where I finally went to college to study science—a great love of my life. Then I went on to enjoy a fascinating career as an analyst with the U.S. Government Accountability Office. There, I conducted in depth studies and prepared reports to the Congress on many diverse topics ranging from satellite systems and health care to endangered species, to name a few.

After retiring from that position, I studied jewelry design and spent five years creating silver sculptures—wearable art. I sold my creations in shops and galleries, and then opened my own little shop specializing in home d├ęcor. At the same time, my husband and I were discovering the world of cruising and soon found that we loved that mode of travel.

With time to think about what I wanted to do next, I turned to that ancient dream of being a writer, which had been tucked away in the back of my mind for nearly a lifetime. Using the cruise ships and sea ports as backdrops as well as my government work and other life experiences, I decided to dive into a new current, as my protagonist Darcy would say. I sat down one day and started to write.

Before I knew it, I had a published novel, Currents Deep and Deadly, the first Darcy Farthing adventure novel. The book features a strong female protagonist with edgy controversial views and a shipboard murder mystery with lots of travel and a little romance and family drama along the way. Somehow, taking it a day at a time, I had completed a frustrating learning curve on the processes of self-publishing a book and the basics of marketing. Both of which were more daunting than the writing itself. Over the last three years I’ve added two more novels in the series; Currents of Vengeance and Current Assets. The fourth, Alternate Currents, will be out this summer.

When I talk with people at book signings at Barnes and Noble stores, and on board cruise ships, the conversations often turn to trying something new later in life. Many people express the desire to write a book and it would be great if my journey encouraged people to just go out and try something they’ve always thought about doing. I have also met many new authors who, like me, are in their sixties and beyond. It seems that the world of self-publishing has opened up many opportunities for seniors to pursue dreams that might not have been possible otherwise. For that I am grateful.

BOOK DESCRIPTION: Author Darcy Farthing is writing at her new home in Marco Island, Florida while her boyfriend Mick Clayton conducts a GAO investigation of government property—asset forfeitures—stolen from under the noses of U.S. Marshals and a sheriff’s office. When close friend, Tom Smythe, is arrested for attempted murder of a deputy sheriff, the couple tries to identify who is behind the property thefts and corruption. When more deputies are attacked, Darcy and Mick are drawn into a bewildering government investigation and an alarming web of murder and conspiracy with a surprising link to Middle East terrorists; as well as a smuggling operation on a luxury yacht. As they inch closer to identifying a vicious murderer, the violence hits close to home when desperate criminals target Darcy and her already troubled daughter, Rachael.

Readers can visit Arleen’s Web site  and find her on Twitter @aallemanwrites, or on Facebook as Arleen Alleman.

The books can be purchased on booksellers’ Web sites, such as
Amazon.com; http://tinyurl.com/c54h4u9
Barnesandnoble.com; http://tinyurl.com/c7ze451
Xlibris Publisher’s book store; http://tinyurl.com/89e62dk

15 comments:

patrickoscheen said...

sounds exciting!

P. Creeden said...

We're only as old as we think we are, as long as we're still willing to try or learn new things, we'll never become the old dog :)

Great story, and the book sounds like a smashing read!

Arleen said...
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Arleen said...

Yes, this is so true. Some folks really seem to like the book(s). Arleen

Maryann Miller said...

Thanks for stopping by Patrick and P. Creeden. My father always promoted the idea that learning is a life-long endeavor. I took his words to heart.

Bob Sanchez said...

My compliments to you for being willing to try new things. Here I am in my late 60s and am finally studying Spanish and learning to swim. No matter your age, don't get stuck in ruts!

Maryann Miller said...

Bob, I keep telling myself I need to learn Spanish. I'd better hurry if I want to do it in my 60s. LOL

Helen Ginger said...

The book sounds very intriguing. I'm with you on trying new things. I've done some of that lately, myself.

LD Masterson said...

I'm not sure if I should spend time learning new things or trying to remember some of the old ones.

Maryann Miller said...

LOL, LD. I think I'm with you on that.

Helen, I know about your publishing ventures, what else are you trying new?

C. Lee McKenzie said...

Learning never stops if you have an inquiring mind. Fortunately, most people I meet who write are incorrigible learners. :-)

The book sounds great.

Mary Montague Sikes said...

What an exciting life journey you've had! Cruise ships sound like an intriguing place for book signings! Sounds like a good story with a great setting!

Mary Montague Sikes

itlnbrt said...

This sounds really exciting.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

It's never to late to pursue the goal of author!

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