David C. Hughes, Author, Writer, Editor, Teacher

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David C. Hughes
Hi there!

Thanks for dropping by for a visit. I've heard it said that writing is one of the loneliest jobs in the world, but who else but a writer gets to hang out with so many imaginary friends? And real ones, too! So welcome to my author page. Please enjoy your visit, and come back soon.
All About Me
It's a pretty cool life I live (it's all about the faith to step out and be brave)
Okay, okay, I defy the premise that engineers can’t write (most engineers are atrocious writers, hence their career choice). I am the former communications columnist for Lockheed Martin’s National Management Association Courier magazine, and my monthly “Toaster” column explored topics concerning Toastmasters International and its affiliates at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company in Fort Worth, Texas. So I can speak, too. With lots to say, it certainly comes in handy.

I was a regular feature writer for the North Texas Catholic newspaper, and a contributor to Lockheed Martin’s Plane Talk corporate newsletter.
My work has appeared in The Dallas Morning NewsFort Worth Star-Telegram, Soaring Magazine, and Johnson County Texas' Country Coupons. My poetry has been extensively published in anthologies, and my essay, “Meandering on the River Walk–With a Stick,” took first place in the 2015 Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc. (OWFI) contest. My short story, “The Clockmaker,” won first place in the 2015 OWFI Contest, Short Story (Adult) bracket.  Writer’s Digest magazine chose my short story, “Quod Est Dentem” (“What is Tooth”), as a finalist in “Your Story” contest number 53. And my short story, "John Sleeps," took first place in the Horror category in the Texas Authors 2016 short story contest.

I can (somewhat) draw, and my illustrated humorous book, You Might Be a Writer, which I co-authored with Robyn Conley, was self-published in 1995. You Might be a Writer explored the foibles and follies of the writing life. I think it's about time Robyn and I resurrect it . . . .

A former church youth leader and deacon, I developed and taught a life skills class for teenagers and young adults called Life in the Real World, which helped students gain an understanding of what to expect when easing into the world of adulthood. Hint: it's all about confidence and attitude.

After 27 years of employment as an electrical engineer in the aerospace industry, I left my full time corporate career in August of 2013 to step into this writing life. On August 29th, 2014, Progressive Rising Phoenix Press released The Epiphany of Joy, a Christian inspirational book that discusses the true meaning of this fruit of the Holy Spirit. In 2014 Progressive Rising Phoenix Press also released my first children’s picture book, Melted Clowns, illustrated by my beautiful niece, Emilie L. Hughes (I think we helped kick start her career). My second picture book, 10 Little Hiccups / 10 pequeños hipos, a bilingual counting book illustrated by Ken Bryson, was released in August 2015.


 
My latest work, Twelve Tantalizingly Twisted Tales, was released in July 2016 by Progressive Rising Phoenix Press. This book, aimed at upper middle-grade readers (and young adults and adults as well) contains a dozen short stories with a "Goosebumpy" feel. I absolutley LOVE this book, and the comments I've received so far have been positively giddy. Can't wait for you to read it!

My blog site, “David C. Hughes, Writer” includes my latest take on what it means to be a Christ-centered man, husband, father, son, brother, and friend in these exciting and challenging times. There I share not only inspirational thoughts, but I occasionally post works-in-progress as well as advice and opinions about the writing life.

With over 30 years of writing experience, and over 25 years of technical documentation writing/reviewing/editing experience, I also launched a professional editing service. To date, six books I've edited have been published, one of which received a USA Best Books Award in Women's Issues.


Originally from the town of Maine, New York, I now live in the sticks on Lake Granbury, Texas, with the absolute loves of my life: my wife, Mary, and my daughter, Hannah (my mini-me).  At last count I also have two dogs, a handful of fish, eight seven six four chickens, and countless geckos.


My Amazon.com author page is located HERE.
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David C. Hughes, Author, Writer, Editor, Teacher