Arlene Spencer tells lost or forgotten true stories. She returns them to us from her relentless investigation and analysis of primary and secondary historical sources. She uses her creativity, curiosity, imagination, and her attention to detail to synthesize, understand, and share her findings. Arlene’s talent is placing readers into the experiences that changed her research subjects’ lives.
Besides conducting historical research and writing, full time, Arlene is a Staff Writer for Global Maritime History: a professional academic publication founded in 2013 by Oxford University Bodleian Library Manager, Naval Historian, and Art Historian, Dr. Justin Reay; in partnership with Dr. Samuel McLean, graduate of the Department of War Studies, King’s College of London, and professional mariner who is also a Councillor in the Canadian Nautical Research Society.
Arlene was also a regular contributor to the Grand Coulee (Washington State) history publication, Them Dam Writers. Them Dam Writers was launched in 1985 to ensure that Grand Coulee’s unique history continued to be investigated and was accessible.
Her work is published in sources that historians, genealogists, locals, and scholars read: readers who are likely to purchase her books. Additionally, Arlene’s long-established social media presence on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram provides an immediate marketing platform from which to advertise and increase book sales.
Arlene has researched and written about non-fiction history, full time, since 2010. In addition to her own talents, the extent to which she has located data and records would not be possible if not for the generosity of Historians, History professors, professional Archival Researchers, and the assistance of Archivists of historical repositories – all over the world. She remains indebted in gratitude to each of them.
No books have been published about any of her subjects. Hers’ will be the first books about each.
During her graduate studies Arlene learned scholarly research methodologies and Socratic circumspection. She has written all of her life. She began writing creatively very young and continued to creatively. Eventually she wrote professionally as both a staff and consulting grant writer and fundraiser. Her writing reflects her experience, creativity, analytical nature, attention to detail, and her love of a well-told story.
In 2011 she participated in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and completed the competition’s 50,000 words written in 30 days goal, having written 57,989 words during November 2011, in a fictional creative writing novel, Life Attended (a purely fictional story that has nothing to do with any of her historical research or writings).
In 1992 Arlene earned her Bachelor of Science in Anthropology and minored in Environmental Science at Central Washington University. In 1998, she returned to CWU, and completed the two years of the Resource Management Masters of Science program coursework, focused on Cultural Resource Management (Archaeology). Today, Arlene is ‘hashtag AltAc’: not credentialed with an advanced degree. Rather, Arlene Spencer is an independent professional historical researcher and writer.