I would much rather talk about books and writing than about myself. In an age where everyone seems to want to be famous, I would prefer my novels to be famous while I remain happily unknown.
But an author’s work is inevitably shaped by her own life and experiences, and knowing a bit about the writer can give a reader extra insight into her books. In that spirit, you may like to know a little about me.
I was born in Detroit, Michigan, and graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in English. For most of my professional career I have been a freelance writer in advertising and public relations.
I have also worked at the United Nations in New York City, taught college courses, been a consultant with the Small Business Development Center and worked at one of the beautiful Gilded Age mansions in Newport, Rhode Island.
In addition to Michigan and Rhode Island, I have lived in Connecticut, California, England and now Florida. I am grateful to have had two uncommon adventures, sailing from England to California on a 27-foot sailboat and earning my private pilot’s license.
Like most fiction writers, I have spent years working my way up, from short stories in literary magazines to unpublished novels to six published books. I am fortunate to have a husband and children whose support of my efforts is generous and unswerving.
But as I said, I really prefer to talk about books and writing. Please visit the other pages of my website and see for yourself.
Best wishes, Arliss
P.S. – In 2017 a new chapter will begin as my husband Eric and I depart Florida on our 35-foot sailboat Corroboree with the goal of sailing around the world. You can follow our journey on my new blog, “The Old Woman and the Sea,” starting here on my website soon.