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 twelve years of experience with marketing and communications, including: marketing strategy, social media, digital experiences, brand, and content creation.
ML's 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 publications, including an op-ed in The New York Times, and has presented to multilateral institutions, governments, nongovernmental organizations, and universities around the world.
Her mysteries have been inspired by her experiences as an anthropologist and traveller. 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 and watching mysteries since the age of ten.