A British writer and entrepreneur, Aaron Mullins is an internationally published academic and award winning psychologist, writing on many fascinating subjects, with publications in 11 different languages. His fiction work has also been well received, with two compendiums of short stories compiled with fellow authors and edited by Aaron himself, both achieving over 10,000 downloads within their first 18 months of publication. He has a 4 year old daughter, Olivia, for whom he creates fantastical stories and characters on a nightly basis. He believes there’s no feedback quite like the honesty of a child.
Aaron was the former owner of Birdtree Books, a digital publishing company featured in a number of newspapers throughout England and Scotland, partnered with World Reader Charity and sponsoring English classes in an under-tree school in India, Birdtree Books grew in strength and was eventually purchased by another company. Aaron writes about the knowledge he gained from this experience in his startup guides.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town called Wick, which is in Caithness, at the very top of Scotland, near John O'Groats. It's a beautiful place, surrounded by plenty of 'wild' places to play as a child, such as beaches, cliffs, forests etc... so I developed a spirit of adventure which has seen me travel a lot and do things like caving in Budapest, riding a camel across part of the Sahara Desert to the pyramids in Egypt and working 100 miles inside the Arctic Circle in Norway while serving in the Royal Air Force. This excitement and spirit of adventure can be found in many of my characters, who have a high degree of risk taking that keeps readers on the edge of their seat. I draw upon the different places and cultures I have seen to build realistic and believable environments.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I don't remember the first ever story, as it feels like I have always been writing, but I do still have a copy of a book I wrote when I was very young. I was raised in Scotland and the book was about a slightly crazy Haggis who ran a guesthouse and had to keep supplies of bacon stocked up so that he had the strength to fight off armies... i'm sure you will agree this a rather unique genre and I don't think it will be made available on Smashwords anytime soon!!
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This collection of short stories contains work from four authors, showcasing their best new works of horror fiction. The stories that keep you awake at night. The tales that have you checking underneath the bed. Or wondering whether that really is just a shadow in the corner of the room.
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