Writing & Research

Happiness= Coffee & Creativity * Café al Alma, Medellin, Colombia

I write about what I love.

Life. Travel. Adventure. Curiosity. People. Social issues. Canada. Dreaming. Writing. Teaching. Creating.

Some of my writing is academic. Some of it is narrative reflections. Some of it is creative.

All of it helps me understand myself & the world a little more clearly.


I am currently seeking literary representation for my unpublished, unnamed first novel.

Perhaps love in the digital age is more like Netflix binge-watching: we enjoy bursts of fantasy, and then move on to something else when it’s done.”

Written in competing “he said/she said” first-person narratives, it* shows how a young couple fights to survive after undiagnosed mental illness devastates their relationship. It draws on the styles of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, Lisa Genova’s Still Alice, and Jon Krakauer’s Into The Wild, and would thus appeal to readers of the psychological thriller and travel/adventure genres.

Please contact me if you are a literary agent interested in reading more of my work.

Memoir & Creative Non-Fiction


Mullen, S. (March 20, 2017). “Learn From La La Land and Choose the Life That You Want to Live.” Thought Catalog.

Mullen, S. (March 16, 2017). Owning Our Choices: We Are Not Entitled To The Lives We Didn’t Choose.

Mullen, S. (January 30, 2017). “Why I Feel Lucky to Spend Valentine’s Day Alone.” Elephant Journal.

Mullen, S. (September 26, 2016). “It’s Okay to Take Care of Ourselves” & 4 Colombia- Inspired Lessons for a Meaningful Life.” Elephant Journal.

Mullen, S. (November 15, 2016). “Our Ideas of What it Means to be Strong are All Wrong“. Elephant Journal.

Mullen, S. (November 11, 2015). Realizing I had no husband, my students in Nunavut took me under their wing. The Globe and Mail.

Mullen, S. (October 2010- April 2011). Weekly student blogger for University of  Toronto Student Life Blog, UpBeaT.

Scholarly Contributions

Collectors Treasury, Johannesburg, South Africa

Mullen, S. (June 25, 2014). The boundaries of a teacher/researcher in critical qualitative     research in education. 31st Annual Qualitative Analysis Conference, Brescia University College, London, Ontario.

Mullen, S. (June 8, 2013). Is ‘hope’ really ‘power’? Considerations for implementing human rights ideology into meaningful practice. The 48th Annual Conference of the Canadian Sociological Association, University of Victoria.

Mullen, S. (April 17, 2013). Pumping to perfection: The promotion of ‘healthy’ body ideals by female fitness instructors. Le raisonnement sociologique en action. Colloque des doctorantes et doctorants, cohorte 2012-2013. Université d’Ottawa.

Mullen, S. (April 16, 2013). Ripped: The promotion of female body ideals by female fitness instructors. Living Research: Reflexivities, Positionalities, Transformations. Department of Sociology and Anthropology Conference, University of Ottawa.

Mullen, S. (March 1, 2013). “Boom-schools” and “bust-schools”: Educational inequities in petro-communities. Transformational Research: Creativity, Conversations, and Communities of Change. GSAED’s 16th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference. University of Ottawa.