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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 are published in StandardThe Lookout, Mature Living, and Upper Room Magazine.

 

In 2010, AWOC Publishers released her first non-fiction devotional book, Devoted to Traveling. It has sinc been revised and republished in 2018. In 2011,  Angel on My Shoulder was published and the first novel in the A Plane Tree in Provence series.  There are five novels in the series each centered on a specific character in the original novel. The fifth novel in the series, Vernie: One Year Tops is scheduled to be released in late 2019. 

Lessons from Maine, a memoir of the author’s annual trip to Maine was released in 2018.

When not writing, Arlene travels with her poker group. Many of her experiences appear in articles and essays. 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 the proud grandmother of two boys.

 

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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