Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Would You Rather... with Arleen Williams

Please welcome Arleen Williams, author of Running Secrets

About Arleen:

Arleen Williams is the author of two books: Running Secrets, the first novel in The Alki Trilogy and The Thirty-Ninth Victim, a memoir of her family’s journey before and after her sister's murder. She teaches English as a Second Language at South Seattle College and has worked with immigrants and refugees for close to three decades. Arleen lives and writes in West Seattle. To learn more, please visit www.arleenwilliams.com.

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Would You Rather... with Arleen Williams

Chips, chocolate or cheese? 

Isn't chocolate one of the major food groups? Rich, dark and decadent.

Bridget Jones, Becky Bloomwood or Carrie Bradshaw? 

Maybe it's generational or maybe I'm just clueless. I've heard of the first one. Give me a moment while I google them.

Wine, beer or vodka? 

Gin. On ice. A thick slice of lime. The perfect post-workout pain tonic. 

Camping or spa vacation?

I can't make a choice without experiencing both. I've camped all my life. Backpacking into the Pacific Northwest wilderness, preferably midweek, is an ideal escape from my hectic schedule. Should I try a spa vacation?

Water or Mountains?

Definitely mountains, unless of course we're talking tropical water. I'm in the Pacific Northwest where the ocean is frigid and the lakes never warm up quite enough for my taste. Here I hardly want to risk being on a boat for fear of getting splashed. Now Hawaii? That's a different story.

Zombies or Vampires?


Dogs or Cats?

Dogs. But honestly, I could live without the dog hair and dirt my daughter's pooch leaves behind. And no, Toby is not allowed in my new car.

Coke or Pepsi?

See #6.

Coffee or tea?

Morning coffee - dark French roast, strong and black. Can anyone really function without it? Afternoon tea. Preferably decaf. I do need my beauty sleep.

Dine out or take away?

Why would I want to clean up at home if I'm not cooking? I think take away should be limited to picnic options.

High heels, sneakers or flip flops

They each have a place and time in my life. But honestly my feet prefer clogs.

Physical book or ebook?

I love the feel and smell of physical books, especially a new hardcover. But the convenience and environmental advantages of e-books are undeniable. I especially enjoy being able to read my e-book in bed at night in the dark without keeping my husband awake. Really, I just like not annoying him.

Paperback or Hardcover?

Hardcover if it's a book I want to treasure in my home library. But I also shop a lot at my local secondhand bookshop for the $3 paperbacks.

Pen or Pencil?

Pentel Client ball point. No, I'm not getting paid to say that. I really love the feel of this pen. I use nothing else.

Mad Men, Downton Abbey or Breaking Bad

Mad and Bad do nothing for me. I enjoyed the first few seasons of Abbey, but I'm easily annoyed when I'm left hanging and have to wait half a year to find out what happens. I like a solid beginning, middle and end - all within a reasonable two hours. I'm done with television shows.

Drama or comedy?

Comedy. I've got enough drama in my life.

Twilight or Hunger Games? 

Again, see #6.

Lipstick, lipgloss or chapstick? 

I rarely seem to remember any of it - except when my lips start peeling. So chapstick, I suppose.

Facebook or Twitter

I've got my hands full with FB. I couldn't possibly add Twitter to the social media mix or I'd never get another book written.

Plot your entire novel or fly by the seat of your pants? 

I have a clear idea of beginning and end, and I plot out most of the story using a detailed scene list. But that list is in constant flux as I write. The story goes where the characters take it.

Running Secrets

In RUNNING SECRETS, flight attendant Chris Stevens is bent on self-destruction until she meets Gemi Kemmal, an Ethiopian home healthcare provider. Gemi and Jake, a paramedic, help Chris heal from and confront her difficult past, and regain a passion for living. In the process, Chris and Gemi forge a friendship that bridges cultural, racial and age differences. Their friendship gives both women the support each needs.

Gemi comes to question restrictive traditions dictating her immigrant life, such as the headscarf she’s worn since entering puberty and the celibacy she’s practiced since the brutal death of her husband and infant in the violence that destroyed her homeland and family. Chris uncovers family secrets that challenge everything she's ever known to be true.

Together the women learn that racial identity is a choice, self expression is a right, and family is a personal construct.

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