Author Interview with Jim Hughes
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 never imagined myself as being a writer. It was not on my radar. But, once when I was between pastorates, I sat down writing a paper on marriage, basically for my own usage. I found that I could not stop writing. I know it was the Lord who moved me to write. After encouragement from my wife and nephew, I submitted it for publication and it was immediately accepted.
I truly believe that my writing is now a part of my calling from God.
What was the inspiration for your latest work of non-fiction?
I had been posting daily devotionals online for the past several years. I sensed the Lord leading me to compile them into book form. I recently completed a series of devotional books covering every book of the Bible. My devotionals came out of my personal reading of the Bible.
What was the most interesting research you had to do for any of your books?
I find it amazing how God speaks from His Word from beginning to end. There are obscure passages that speak to me about how I ought to be living my life today. It is interesting how relevant the Bible really is.
Where do you go to do your research?
I like to go to a quiet place. I have been on a journey of reading through the Bible for every year of my life. I am now right on target. Reading through the Word on a consistent basis keeps me fresh and thinking Biblically about life so I can share it with 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?
Thus far, my writings are all compilations of things that I have used in my ministry as a pastor, husband, and online writer.
Are you currently working on any new book projects?
I recently started a study of Psalm 23. I did an extensive Bible study of it at a church I pastored several years ago. It took me six months to go through it at the time and I am trying to work through it now to bring it alive for my readers.
Psalm 23 is one of my favorite psalms. 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 what you know. Believe in what you write and in yourself. Do not let the negativism of others deter you. Do all you can to produce the best product possible; remember, your books have your name on them. Also, stick with it. It is easy to give up and cave in to self-doubts. Don’t deprive others of the benefit of your thoughts by taking the easy road and quitting.
Marketing is tough. If you don’t really see the value in what you write, you will not stay with it. Market to your audience. Learn who would most likely be interested in your writings. There is a market for every subject matter; you have to diligently find yours and focus on it. The key word to any marketing is persevere. There are millions of books on the market so it will take time, patience and a lot of work.
Some sage advice. How did you find your publisher? What was your journey to publication like?
Be careful who you trust with your works. There are many, many publishers out there who want to take your money. Do your homework. Listen to what others have said about a publisher. Do not believe the sales pitch of a publisher just because they say it. There are good ones out there, but there are a lot of bad ones out there as well. Many authors have gone the route of self-publishing in recent years and it may be worth checking into.
For me, the journey to being published was not hard at all. However, for many it is very hard. Just because your works may be rejected by one, or several, publishers, don’t give up. Persevere. Keep trying until someone agrees to publish your book. If you self-publish, you may find it much easier to get published.
How have your friends and family received your career as an author? Are they supportive?
Personally, I have found great support from those close to me. They may not always understand why I spend so much time with my writings, but they always support me in what I do.
What’s the most challenging aspect of writing for you?
I have found that I much prefer to write than spend time marketing my books. I have around 50 books now published and ready to sell, but continue to write instead of marketing the books. I enjoy writing and I am not too concerned about how many books I sell. I don’t write for money; I write with a purpose.
Find Jim's Books Online
My books are available on Amazon books and Kindle. I have two completed series of books available: one is a series of devotional books on every book of the Bible and the other is a series of marriage books under the heading of Marriage Quips. Marriage Quips are short, one liner statements on marriage from a Christian perspective. I cover a wide variety of subjects that every couple face on a daily basis.
Meet the Author
I am a retired pastor, having served the church primarily as a bi-vocational pastor for over 40 years. My ministry has moved from the pulpit to the pen. I post daily devotionals on line and tweet on marriage and faith.
I have been married to my lovely wife, Jan, for 44 years and we have two sons, a daughter, and two grandchildren. We make our home in southeast Iowa.
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