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Arlene

Arlene peeks out from the upper window of a cottage she rented on a trip to the Cotswolds of England. See more images from her travels below.

Arlene Rains Graber grew up in Kansas, first on a dairy farm, northwest of Towanda, and then in Wichita. Her first writing effort was in the second grade, when she penned a six-page book titled Over the Blue Moon on a Big Chief tablet.. The story involves a young girl who travels to the moon, finding it to be blue, instead of white.

After a brief career in banking, she spent twenty-six years as a travel agent. Then in 1984, after raising three daughters, she began a freelance writing career, writing for various publications that include The Wichita Eagle, Territorial Magazine, Kansas! magazine, Kansas Traveler, Transport Topics, The Wichita Business Journal, Small Farmers Journal, Country Register, and East Wichita News. In addition, She has been included in several Chicken Soup for the Soul books, and her devotionals published are published in StandardThe Lookout and Mature Living.

In 2010, AWOC Publishers released her first non-fiction devotional book, Devoted to Traveling. In 2011, two novels, A Plane Tree in Provence and Angel on My Shoulder, were published. In 2012, the second in A Plane Tree in Provence series was published, The Cape Elizabeth Ocean Avenue Society, followed by Sarah’s Choice in 2014.

In 2015, she published a memoir titled Lessons from Maine.

When not writing, Arlene travels with her poker group. Many of her experiences appear in articles and essays. In addition, she has won numerous awards for memoirs and non-fiction articles, including Writer of the Year (twice) and Article of the Year from East Wichita News. In 2011, she was awarded first place in the Kansas Authors Club contest for A Plane Tree in Provence. She earned her college degree at the University of Memphis, is an avid scrapbooker, and is the proud grandmother of two boys.

Currently Arlene is writing the fourth book in the Plane Tree series, which will focus on Wendy–who pursues her dream of becoming an actress.

quotable

“My books are water; those of the great geniuses are wine—everybody drinks water.”

— Mark Twain

travel gallery

Arlene explores the vineyard outside her cottage in Katzenthal village, France. September 2008.

Arlene spent September of 2008 in France. She and her poker group stayed in a cottage surrounded by the Klur Vineyard in Katzenthal village, in the Alsace region.(Click on the image to enlarge.)

Cote Jardin cottage

The cottage, Cote Jardin, in Katzenthal, France. (Click on the image to enlarge.)

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