Hugh Aaron was born and raised in Worcester, Massachusetts. He then went on to graduate from The University of Chicago, where his professors encouraged him to pursue a literary career. However, Mr. Aaron made his living as CEO of his own manufacturing business, while continuing to write.
Hugh Aaron sold his business in 1984, at which time he decided to devote his full attention to writing. This endeavor has thus far resulted in two novels, a travel memoir, two short story collections, two collections of business essays, a book of movie reviews, a child’s book and a letter collection. The Wall Street Journal also published eighteen of his articles on business management as well as one on World War II.
Mr. Aaron has written a total of eleven full length and sixteen one-act stage-plays. His most recent books are a collection of five novellas entitled QUINTET, published in 2005 and a second short story collection, Stories from a Lifetime, which was published in December 2010. Most of Hugh Aaron’s plays deal with contemporary issues and several have had readings at local libraries, churches, and in private homes. One of his full length plays was given a world premiere production by a prize winning theatre company in June 2009 in New Bedford, Mass. A second play was produced in Portland Maine in 2010.
Hugh Aaron resides in mid-coast Maine with his artist wife.
To learn more about Hugh Aaron and his works, please visit his website.
Please tell us a bit about your book, Stories from a Lifetime, and what you hope readers take away from reading it.
Stories from a Lifetime carries readers through a widely diverse series of life’s peaks and valleys with poignant, clear-eyed vision and understanding that is only gradually gained across the course of a lifetime through endurance and honest appraisal of the emotional rollercoaster that we all ride.
Who are your favorite characters in the story?
Since the stories contain a variety of characters, some good some not so good, I especially like the CEO in The Mentor; Virginia, the mother in The Vow; and both Jessica and Dan in The 37th Year.
Do you have a favorite line or excerpt from your book?
The title A House Is More Than A House
If your current release were to be turned into a movie, who would you love to see play what characters and why?
Kate Blanchett the young woman and Jeremy Irons, the older man in The 37th Year.
What are your favorite aspects of writing?
Discovering what’s in my own unconscious, and expressing thoughts and emotions by using descriptive words.
Your least favorite aspects of writing?
Who are some of your favorite authors/books?
Doestoevsky, E.M. Forster, Hemingway
What are you reading right now?
A Tale of Love and Darkness by Amos Oz
If you could have a dinner party and invite five authors – dead or alive – who would they be and what would you serve them?
Thomas Wolfe, Charles Dickens, John Updike, Gore Vidal, John Irving
I’d serve them fresh salmon from our nearby ocean, red wine, and a fruit dessert.
What is a book that you wish you could say that you had written and why?
I would like to have written War and Peace because of its enormous scope and amazing writing the puts you there.
What is the greatest piece of advice (for writing and/or just living) that you have heard?
Keep it simple and true.