Arleen Joan Morris Shabel was born June 24, 1940 in Denver, Colorado. She graduated from North High School in Denver, Colorado and attended Colorado University and Denver University. She received her BA from Rutgers University with a major in French and minors in history and education.
Her mother was born in Jassy, Rumania and her father was born in Denver, Colorado. She is married to Norman Shabel, from New York. Mr. Shabel is a class-action attorney who writes legal thrillers. He continues to write almost one novel every two years. The couple has been married for many decades and have two children and two grand-children.