ML Cullen has lived and traveled all over the world: from Paris to Kigali, London to Lombok, Melbourne to Antigua. For almost a decade, she worked as an anthropologist in conflict-affected countries, focusing on reconstruction and rehabilitation projects in Africa, East Asia, South Asia, and the Pacific—where she saw and experienced the best and worst of human behavior.
After (unsuccessfully) trying to save the world, she turned her focus to learning the craft of spin. She has over twelve years of experience with marketing, specializing in content, social media, and brand.
Her lifelong fascination with people, and why they do what they do, has been fueled by her academic training. She obtained her Ph.D. from the London School of Economics’ Sociology Department in England and her master’s degree in Anthropology from Melbourne University in Australia. ML has authored numerous non-fiction publications, including a book, Violent Conflict and the Transformation of Social Capital, and an op-ed in The New York Times on the 2003 bombing of the United Nations’ headquarters in Iraq. She has earned a blackbelt in taekwondo, rock climbed a thousand-foot summit, and hiked to the top of an active volcano.
Together, these experiences have inspired and informed ML's stories. She is a member of the Writer's League of Texas, Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and International Thriller Writers, and has been gleefully reading mysteries since the age of ten.