Please welcome Writing Prompts crew member, Carlton Hughes, to 3 Questions Wednesday. Carlton is multi-talented–a writer, professor, children’s pastor, actor–the list goes on. So how did he answer our 3 Questions? Read on–
What books have fortified you as a writer? How?
Carlton: Writing for the Soul by Jerry Jenkins was a great reminder/primer of how to balance life as a writer with all of the other responsibilities of life. Truly an inspiring memoir of a writing life.
Glorious Intruder by Joni Eareckson-Tada literally changed my life, and I’ve reread it many times (something I don’t normally do). It’s a devotional book that God has used mightily in my life, and it has encouraged me to find God in the ordinary moments, whether good or bad. I hope to be half the writer she is someday.
Those are both wonderful books. I love when God uses a book to change lives, because that keeps me moving forward to be a better writer. Next question–
What secret talents do you have?
Carlton: I’m a children’s pastor, so I can do puppet voices. My signature one is for a puppet named Granny. Once we did a program for the entire church, and afterwards someone came up and said, “I loved Granny! Who did her voice?” I answered, “Me.” The look of shock on the person’s face was priceless.
People are often surprised that I love to cook, especially desserts. It won’t surprise many people that I also love to act (I’m quite a ham) and have been featured in a nationally-known community play series called Higher Ground, in which locally-gathered stories are combined with music and weaved into a play format.
I’m laughing out loud here, because I’ve heard your puppet voices. That’s so fun, and I know the children enjoy it. All this talent, but can you cook? That’s my segue into the final question, even though you’ve already confessed a love of cooking–
If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?
Carlton: Baked breaded chicken tenders, onion-roasted potatoes, fried corn, salad, garlic cheese biscuits, and loaded brownies for dessert. Y’all come!
I’m on my way. 🙂 Thanks so much for taking the time to answer our 3 Questions and I look forward to hearing more from you here on Writing Prompts.
Carlton Hughes is a communications professor at Southeast Kentucky Community College and coordinates the Dual Credit Program at Harlan County High School, where he also teaches part-time. He is children’s pastor at Lynch Church of God and won the 2013 Shepherd’s Cup Award, the highest honor for children’s pastors in the Church of God denomination. Hughes is also a year-round volunteer and Relay Center Coordinator for Operation Christmas Child.
As a writer, his works have been featured in numerous publications, including the books Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Dating Game, Simple Little Words, and a Christmas play anthology from Carpenter’s Son Publishing. He has also served as an ancillary writer for textbooks and standardized test materials for both Oxford Publishing and McGraw-Hill. Hughes is a two-time first-place winner in the “Dramas/Plays/Scripts” category in the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference Writers Contest. He resides in Cumberland, Kentucky, and he and his wife Kathy have two sons, Noah and Ethan. He is a fan of chocolate, good books, basketball, and classic television shows like “I Love Lucy.” Someone out there please publish his book :).