Hugh Aaron, born and raised in Worcester, Massachusetts, was a Seabee in the South Pacific during World War II. After the war he graduated from the University of Chicago where his professors encouraged him to pursue a literary career. However, he made his living as CEO of his own manufacturing business while continuing to write. He sold the company in 1985 to write full time. To date he has written two novels, a travel journal, a short story collection, a book of business essays, a book of his WWII letters, a child’s book in verse and a collection of movie reviews. The Wall Street Journal also published eighteen of his articles on business management and one on World War II. He resides by the sea in mid-coast Maine with his artist wife.
His latest book is When Wars Were Won.
You can visit his website at www.StonesPointBooks.com.
About the Book:
Hal Arnold, a professor of English, returns to the Philippines after forty years yearning for the unity, spirit and optimism he knew as a 19- year-old member of a Seabee battalion in the South Pacific theater during World War II. Trying to recapture that experience, he writes this story, vividly portraying members of the battalion who impacted his life. Searching for his own identity, he finds it in the warm, rich culture of a small Filipino village where love and dignity thrive among a people who have suffered under the Japanese yoke.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Would you call yourself a born writer?
Yes, I consider myself a born writer. Both in high school and college teachers encouraged me to become a writer.
What was your inspiration for When Wars Were Won?
My inspiration for When Wars Were Won derived from the men I served with as well as the natives I come to know, and in one case fell in love with.
What themes do you like to explore in your writing? How long did it take you to complete the novel?
I concentrate on relationships, fate, and both successes and failures.
I took two years to write the complete manuscript. It was reduced during editing.
Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day.
I wrote the novel from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm six days a week, then rejoined the family afterwards. I’d call this being disciplined.
What did you find most challenging about writing this book?
Most challenging: Writing about people I have known throughout my lifetime. Each book poured out of me, as if it wrote itself.
What do you love most about being an author?
I simply love writing, both stories, plays and essays.
Did you go with a traditional publisher, small press, or did you self publish? What was the process like and are you happy with your decision?
I both self-published and used small press publishers. I am happy with some publishers and not happy with others, but self publishing was consistently rewarding..
Where can we find you on the web?
Most of my books with reviews and reader comments can be found at www.StonesPointBooks.com.