Arleen Spenceley graduated from the University of South Florida in 2007 with a bachelor of arts degree in journalism, and in 2013 with a master of arts degree in rehabilitation and mental health counseling from the same university. She first wrote professionally in high school, as a correspondent for the Tampa Bay Times, and joined the Times as a staff writer during college. Her work has also appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, the Austin-American Statesman, the Journal Gazette, and the Herald Times in Indiana; the Norristown Times Herald, the Star-Courier, the Hometown Punxsutawney Magazine, and the Dispatch in Pennsylvania; the Record Courier in Ohio; the Houma Today and the Daily Comet in Louisiana; and the State in South Carolina. She has written on a freelance basis since college, including contributions to Chastity Project and a monthly column on Ignitum Today, and has contributed popular essays to Relevantmagazine.com, including “Is There Room for Erotica in Christianity?” and “Confessions of a Catholic Christian.” She has also written for Busted Halo, Relate Magazine, and Lifeteen.
Spenceley blogs at arleenspenceley.com about love, relationships, and sex, and about the impact of American culture on Christianity, from a Roman Catholic perspective. In January 2013, she participated in a roundtable discussion of abstinence and virginity on NPR’s nationally syndicated radio show Tell Me More. Though she left the Tampa Bay Times in 2012 to finish her master’s degree, she returned to the Times staff in October 2013.