A. J. Ullman grew up and still lives in Southwest Ohio. Those experiences and settings color his works of creative writing. A. J. has worked in a variety of endeavors, from restaurants, to libraries, to law offices, to community mental health centers to family practice medical offices. A. J. is a lawyer as well as a certified family nurse practitioner concentrating work these days in the medical field, treating patients in a primary care setting, including mental health disorders.
Experiences with psychiatric nursing have left indelible impressions on A. J. and are the subject of his endeavors in novel writing. These concepts are explored in all of his books, his most current one, Stand Your Ground, as well as his five prior ones, Havall 16, And The River Runs Deep: The Cold Case Murder Mystery Of Leah Marcus, Drifting, Falling -- Diary Of A Call Girl Suicide, Hit Or Miss and One In A Million.
I became a writer because I love to read. Yes, I was that nerdy kid who read the Encyclopedia Brittanica for fun (for those of you who remember encyclopedias). I have an eclectic taste in reading, although I gravitate to fiction. At some point in my life, I decided, well, I should try my hand at writing! Lots of us do; few of us ever pursue the thought. Then, in 2002, my healthy life was thrown into disarray by a nasty brain tumor. I started to work on my long dormant dream of writing. Only in retrospect did I realize that that nasty tumor's silver lining was that it spurred me on to make many life changes, including writing and transitioning into a new career.
The most difficult decision I face in writing is how to tell the story: first-person narrative or omnipotent third-person voice. So I have written books using both techniques. I love first-person narrative as it allows me to use that beloved device, the unreliable narrator.
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