[Contemporary Suspense/Mystery]

{Darcy Farthing novel}



   Where did you grow up and was reading and writing a part of your life? Who were your earliest influences and why?

Arleen: I was born in Bolton, Lancashire, England, but my parents moved us to the U.S. when I was very small.  I spent my childhood in Concord, NH and then moved out west as a teenager.  As a child, I can’t remember a time when I did not read books, from Dr. Seuss to Treasure Island to The Bobbsey Twins and Nancy Drew.  In the fourth grade I ironically won a school essay contest on the topic of “Why I am happy to be an American.”  That was the year I became a naturalized citizen.  That is really the only writing I recall, until I started working on my high school newspaper.  

I always loved books and began reading “grown up” fiction at an early age.  I remember sitting in the back yard tree house at about the age of 14 with a volume of E.A. Poe’s work and falling in love with the idea of writing novels.  In high school I decided I wanted to be a journalist, but my life did not go in that direction, exactly. For more than twenty years, I wrote extensively on decidedly non-fiction topics as a GAO analyst preparing reports for the U.S. Congress. Even though I did not become an author, I never gave up the dream of writing a novel some day, and I guess I am now living that dream. 


 Why do you write?

 Arleen: I think I write because I love fiction and am fascinated with the process, particularly with how the imagination works almost automatically to bring out the stories.  I love fiction so much that I want to be a part of the literary world.  I have heard authors say they write because they have to, but I can’t say that about myself.  It is a challenge and something I know I can spend the rest of my life working at and improving, and it is great fun. That being said, I believe that my GAO “investigative reporting” experience equipped me to delve into unusual topics and I enjoy the research that is necessary to build a foundation based on fact.


      Who is Darcy Farthing?

Arleen: Darcy is a positive but flawed character, who starts out with a dark secret that has interfered with her ability to form lasting relationships.  She is a 40ish tall blond beauty with striking blue eyes and her physical fitness and appearance are extremely important to her.  However, she is also very smart with a masters in biochemistry and an acute interest in understanding the physical world.  She is a pragmatic scientist at heart and has decided that she is an atheist, but the coincidences and unlikely events in her life beginning with the first book and moving through the stories, have made her question her non-belief philosophy. Throughout the series she continues to grow with these concepts. 

      How did your cruise ship crime novels come about? 

Arleen: Alternate Currents is my first novel that has no cruising in it at all. But about five years ago when I finally decided to try writing a novel, I literally asked my self what I knew about that would make an interesting story.  I had retired from the GAO and my husband and I were taking cruises all over the world.  It just seemed natural to use my government experience with the travel and cruising to begin writing.  I soon realized there was a very real world issue with crime on cruise ships and I make that a continuing theme.  We still cruise and I have book signings onboard while I’m working on a book.  The next book in the series will take place on a ship in the South Pacific.


    What do you feel the allure of Contemporary Suspense is to readers today?

Arleen: This is a very interesting question. For me, I like to read books that have a basis in reality so that I feel as if I am learning something. It is a wonderful escape to read a book whose mystery and suspense grabs and holds the reader. We are bombarded with so much bad news in the real world, that it seems a little odd to want to read more of it in fiction. I think that as communication, technology, and access to information become more complex, writers are challenged to write fiction at that same level, and maybe this in turn challenges readers to raise their level of understanding.


What do you hope to achieve with your books? 

Arleen: I want to improve as a writer and would really like to have some commercial success.  I would love to recoup my considerable investment in publishing and marketing.  If that does not happen, I will still be happy with the satisfaction of the process and having a “legacy” of books out there. 




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  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: XLIBRIS (July 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1479798320
  • ISBN-13: 978-1479798322


ALTERNATE CURRENTSAuthor Darcy Farthing is living in Washington, DC with her fiancé, Mick Clayton. They are enjoying a much needed respite from trauma and crime fighting, while preparing for a wedding and a romantic cruise. Everything changes when an alarming phone call halts their plans. A good friend, Charlie Scott, has mysteriously disappeared—the apparent victim of an abduction.


Against Mick’s wishes, on an impulse, and without much thought of consequences, Darcy flies to Seattle to help Charlie’s partner, Don and their daughter, Penelope, cope with the loss. She is worried about Mick’s negative attitude about the couple and worries that he is prejudiced towards her friends. As a result, she finds herself reevaluating the direction of her personal and professional life.


Soon after her arrival in Seattle, she becomes immersed in the unfamiliar world of domestic partnerships, birth surrogates, and assisted reproductive technology. Don and Charlie, who became unlikely heroes in the first novel in this series, Currents Deep and Deadly, have their lives turned upside down by elusive kidnappers with no apparent motive. At the same time, their well-intentioned decision to pay a surrogate to bear their daughter for them turns into a nightmare, when the biological mother returns after eight years, claiming that Don and Charlie are not Penelope’s fathers as they believed, and she wants her child back. This revelation sets in motion a series of tragic events that threatens to destroy a parent-child bond, and worse.


Before the police and FBI are able to solve Charlie’s kidnapping, an even more devastating case materializes when Penelope also vanishes. The FBI, and Seattle police detectives, frantically look for clues. In the process, they implicate a local anti-gay organization and its leader, two local business owners who are being harassed by anti-gay demonstrators, a flamboyant stalker who is obsessed with Don, and the birth mother herself. There is no hard evidence against any of the suspects and the leads are curtailed when two of them are murdered. The authorities are no closer to finding Penelope, and now worry that she has been abducted by a vicious killer.


In the midst of turmoil surrounding Penelope’s birth status and abduction, true to her nature, Darcy tries to help her friends. When she ventures into the midst of the case by conducting a freelance interview with a local clergyman, she is nearly killed in a vicious attack by an unknown assailant. Mick rushes to her side and soon overcomes his reluctance to get involved with Don and Charlie’s plight. Together they try to gather information to help solve the case. Before the hostility ends, Don also becomes a victim and then a hero, and Mick must fight an unbalanced killer intent on revenge.



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Arleen Alleman is a former analyst with the Government Accountability Office where she wrote extensively on many topics ranging from satellite systems to endangered species. She has a science education but has also worked as a fashion model, insurance adjuster, jewelry designer, and proprietor of a home décor shop. Her interests include reading, health and fitness, origin and history of world religions, and travel. Her travels supply authentic backdrops and narration for her fictional stories. Born in England and raised in New Hampshire and Nevada, she now lives in Colorado with her husband, Tim and their cat, Xena. She is the author of the Darcy Farthing cruise crime adventure novels Currents Deep and Deadly, Currents of Vengeance, and Current Assets, which won the Best Trilogy of 2012 award by, and the fourth in series, Alternate Currents.



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