Interview with Hugh Aaron, author of 'Stories From a Lifetime'

Hugh Aaron, a native of Worcester, Massachusetts, received a Liberal Arts degree in the Humanities at The University of Chicago. For three years as a Seabee he served in the South Pacific during WWII. He was CEO of his own plastics manufacturing business for 20 years before selling it to write full time. Several of his short stories have been published in national magazines and 18 of his essays on business management have appeared in The Wall Street Journal. He is the author of Business Not as Usual: How to Win Managing a Company through Hard and Easy Times. Currently he’s writing and producing plays.

His latest book is a short story collection, Stories From a Lifetime.

You can visit his website at or his blog at

Q: Welcome to The Writer's Life, Hugh. Can you tell us how long you’ve been writing and how your journey led to writing your latest book, Stories From a Lifetime?

I’ve been writing ever since high school. I was also an English major at college. My latest book STORIES FROM A LIFETIME consists of stories I had written over the past 40 years which I simply filed away until now.

Q: I love your title. Can you tell us why you chose it?

The title explains over what period the stories originated and as a result might intrigue a book buyer.

Q: Why did you believe your book should be published?

The stories describe a range of situations that concern the human condition.

Q: We all know that publishers can’t do all of the publicity and that some lies on the author. What has your publisher done so far to publicize the book and what have you done?

I have hired a promotion expert to promote the book, and read from the book at libraries and bookstores. The publisher has contributed to this effort but has left most of the effort up to me.

Q: What book on the market can it compare to? How is it different? What makes your book special?

Such a collection covering so many human situations and written at various stages of the author’s life is a rare publishing phenomenon.

Q: Do you plan subsequent books?

Yes, a collection of essays on a variety of subjects is planned.

Q: Thank you for your interview, Hugh. Do you have any final words?

I hope that my readers will find in the collection Stories from a Lifetime several stories that they can relate to.

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