Jim Hughes is a guest at Pandora's Box today for an author interview. He is a retired pastor, husband, grandfather, and author. He has served the Lord as a pastor of bi-vocational churches for nearly 40 years of his life. He has been married to the love of his life, Jan, for 43 years and they have two adult children who are married and a teen-ager still at home. Jim and his wife have two granddaughters who help to keep them busy. Jim stays active in ministry online by posting daily devotionals on his blog and tweets on faith and marriage nearly every day.
You can find out more about Jim Hughes on his webpage: CThroughMarriage.
Why did you become a non-fiction writer? Was it a dream of yours since you were younger or did the desire to write happen later in your life?
I had no aspirations of becoming a published writer, even as my book was being written. I just sat down and started writing one day. I was working in a factory at the time and just wanted to keep myself mentally and spiritually sharp so I started writing.
What was the inspiration for your latest work of non-fiction?
I wrote from the perspective of my own marriage and my pastoral experiences. Since I have a wonderful marriage and I see so many marriages breaking up in, and outside, the church, I felt I wanted to write something that might be of help to others.
Such an important topic to write about to help others. How do you go from an idea for a book to its completion? Is the process the same for every book you write? How long does it take you to write a book?
I write from inspiration. I only write about things that I am passionate about; for now, I write about marriage and the Scriptures. I take life seriously and therefore, what I write is of a more serious nature. When I did write my book, it did not take long at all. I sat down to write and it just flowed from beginning to end. I would say it was written from beginning to end in less than two months.
Are you currently working on any new book projects?
I have several books that are nearly ready for publication. However, I don't know if they will ever make it to market due to financial limitations. I have a couple more books on marriage and several devotional books that are pretty well done.
Do you have any advice for beginning writers on how to write a non-fiction book? Do you have any advice for them regarding promoting that book once published?
Write from the heart. If you have a particular area of interest and you are somewhat knowledgeable about it, put it down on paper and see where it goes. Believe in what you write. Write about what you like to talk about or think about. If your book is based on factual knowledge, do your homework. Learn as much as you can from reliable sources. Enjoy the process. If writing is a pain in the neck for you, don't do it. Don't listen to those who would say you can't do it, that you aren't good enough. Be realistic. Most authors do not make it big in the writing world. Do not count on making a living at it, some do, but most don't. When marketing your book, persevere. Believe in what you wrote and promote it to as many people as you can who might be interested in it. Learn who your book would appeal to the most and focus your efforts on them. In order to sell books, you will have to be committed to doing it. Look for opportunities to talk about your book to as many people as possible.
Some great advice. Thanks for sharing. What’s your writing schedule like? When do you find time to write?
I am constantly writing, putting my thoughts down on paper. I do not have a set time in the day in which I write, but I am always jotting down my thoughts. When I do set down to write, I write for as long as I can. I get caught up in what I am writing and stay with it as long as I can.
How did you find your publisher? What was your journey to publication like?
I looked on the Internet for my publisher. I looked at their business statements and pick a publisher that seemed to share my values. I contacted them, submitted my manuscript, prayed about the whole process, and waited for word from them. I submitted my manuscript to only one publisher and it was quickly picked up.
How have your friends and family received your career as an author? Are they supportive?
I have had great support from family and friends about my book. They have shown an interest in it and seem to really like it. However, to them I am still just me. My being an author seldom comes up in discussion. To them, it's just another thing I do with my life.
What’s the most challenging aspect of writing for you?
The most challenging part of writing for me is the marketing part of it. Although many people really seem to like what I have written, it has not translated into sales in the marketplace. I have tried various ways to promote my book within my financial capabilities but have not been very successful with it at all. It is hard to get noticed when you don't have a name in the public arena.
As a fellow author, I can understand those challenges. That is one reason why I started Pandora's Box, to have an online hub where authors, writers, bloggers, artists, and entrepreneurs can have a voice to reach new readers. Where can readers find out more about your book, "C Through Marriage"?
I have one book currently on the market, C Through Marriage, and it can be purchased on Amazon books, Barnes & Noble, Tate Publishing, and wherever Christian books are sold.
About C Through Marriage by Jim Hughes
Joyless? Lifeless? In a rut? Sometimes married life can get that away. If you want something more out of your marriage, then author and pastor Jim Hughess C Through Marriage is for you. Explore the many issues that every married couple must face on a regular basis if their marriage is going to be what God intended. Life has become a vicious cycle of busy activity for most of us. We scarcely have time to say hello to each other, let alone have the time to nurture and grow our love. The busier we get, the farther we drift apart, and the farther we drift apart, the more we are tempted to wander. We don't want it to happen, but isnt that just the way of life these days? Adultery, divorce, loveless marriages-what can we do? Hughess advice covers everything from Cash and Chemistry to Children and Cuddling. But the most important focus of any marriage is the Covenant that it is and the oneness it creates. Easy to read and understand, C Through Marriage provides thoughtful questions for everyone, whether youre thinking about getting married or have been married fifty years. Pull up a chair, sit down, and begin your journey to a much happier, more satisfying marriage than you ever thought possible.
A special thank you to Jim Hughes for guesting today at Pandora's Box.