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 Florida. In January 2017, my husband Eric Sponberg and I moved aboard our 35′ sailboat Corroboree and began a circumnavigation of the globe. I continue to write while sailing, including a blog, “The Old Woman and the Sea.”
Like most fiction writers, I have spent years working my way up, from short stories in literary magazines to unpublished novels to six published books.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 began when my husband Eric and I departed Florida on our 35-foot sailboat Corroboree with the goal of sailing around the world. You can follow our journey here on my blog, “The Old Woman and the Sea.”