Welcome to the website of fiction writer Arliss Ryan. Here you will find no pretensions and no fluff — just my sincere thoughts on the art of writing and my books.


Sanctuary is a story of secrets, redemption, and the healing power of art and nature as the lives of three women converge at a rundown New England estate. NOW A QUARTER-FINALIST IN THE AMAZON BREAKTHROUGH NOVEL AWARDS!


The Secret Confessions of Anne Shakespeare follows the heretofore unknown life of the talented and passionate woman who dared to be the equal of the Bard of Avon.

How (Not) to Have a Perfect Wedding

How (Not) to Have a Perfect Wedding is a wickedly funny tale of intrigue and mayhem at a society wedding as seen through the eyes of the wedding party, guests and staff.

The Kingsley House

The Kingsley House chronicles the five generations of a family living in Livonia, Michigan, from the days of the Underground Railroad and the Civil War to the preservation of the house in Greenmead Historical Village.

“And this is another great thing about being a writer, that nothing you do in your life ever goes to waste. You cut it out in little stars and scatter it into the heaven of everything you write.”

-Anne Shakespeare