Arlem Hawks began making up stories before she could write. A hopeless romantic from a young age, she grew up wanting to be just like her writer father, who instilled in her a passion for stories. Living all over the Western United States and traveling around the world gave her a love of cultures, people, and the stories they have to tell. With her travels came an interest in history, especially that of the places tied to her heritage.
She graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in communications and an emphasis in print journalism. She also studied French for seven years. After college she worked as a sports information director for BYU Athletics, helping with media relations for football, volleyball, and women’s basketball. It wasn’t until she moved with her husband to Arizona that she was finally able to get back to her first love, creative writing. She’d always enjoyed Jane Austen and the Regency era, and tending small children in a place she hardly knew pushed Arlem back to those beloved stories. When the time came to write again, she turned to the genre that had helped her through the difficult days. When she isn’t writing, Arlem is baking her characters’ favorite foods, sewing Regency dresses, learning how to play the tin whistle, and painting with watercolors.