Author Interview with MSS Columnist, Jim Hughes
Jim Hughes is one of our “Sunday Inspiration” columnists who writes a monthly devotional for our magazine. You can get to know more about Jim in his interview here.
Why did you become a writer?
I had no intentions of becoming a writer. The Lord sat me down and moved me to start writing and I couldn’t write fast enough. It began a journey that has surprised and humbled me.
I had a similar start to my writing journey. What was the inspiration for your latest book?
I write on faith and marriage and the last books I have written are devotional books. I believe the Lord wanted me to compile devotionals that I have posted online for several years now into book form.
What’s the main message you want readers to take away from reading your books?
When we let Him, the Lord can do amazing things with our lives. There is hope for everyone and every marriage if Jesus is allowed to be Lord of one’s life.
I completely agree with those sentiments. Have you had to do any interesting research for your books?
I read through the Bible a lot. My devotional thoughts come from a lot of time spent in the Word.
Are you currently working on any new book projects?
Not at the moment, but there is a book on the back burner that is a supplement to my first published book on marriage.
Do you have advice for novice writers? Do you have any advice for them regarding promoting that book once published?
Write what you are passionate about, believe in what you write, do the very best that you can, and persevere. As far as promoting one’s book(s) is concerned: target your niche audience—those most likely to be interested in your book matter, be realistic in your expectations, surrender your efforts to the Lord, and persevere in your efforts.
Some very good advice. What’s your writing schedule like? When do you find time to write?
It varies with me. Right now, I am not actively writing books. Instead, I write down things that I can share on Twitter and Facebook to help edify believers in their faith walks and marriages.
Where is your favorite place to write your books?
I don’t have any particular place. I do wonder what it would be like to live in the mountains where it’s peaceful and quiet so I can be more in tune with the Lord’s leading.
Have you read any good books lately?
My Bible reading consumes most of my reading time these days. I have set a personal goal of reading through the Word of God at least 100 times and I am on track to do it.
If you had to choose only one of your books, which would you say is your favorite one that you’ve written?
Probably the first one I wrote. It was under the title of, C Through Marriage, but now it is, Before and After the Honeymoon.
What are your current writing goals?
I have thought of compiling all of my posts into book form. I don’t know if I will ever get it done, though. I have thousands of posts to go through and organize and I have not been too motivated to do it.
About the Author
I am a retired pastor having served the church mainly as a bi-vocational pastor for over 40 years. I have been married for over 40 years and we have two married children and a single son.
I have an online ministry, posting daily devotionals and tweeting on faith and marriage. I have authored a series of devotional books covering every book of the Bible and several marriage books.
Read Jim’s “Sunday Inspiration” column on the 3rd Sunday each month here at Mustard Seed Sentinel.