Welcome to Wednesday! Today our guest is Carlton Hughes, an author who wears many hats. It’s from his many experiences that his award-winning writing is produced. Let’s get to know him a little better. Our first question, what do you love most about the writing process? The least?
Carlton: Like most writers, I love it when the words are flowing, and I am really “feeling” it. I paraphrase the classic quote when I say that, sometimes, I “feel God’s pleasure” when I write like that. The least? I am a hyperactive extrovert, so sitting in a chair in a room by myself to write is a struggle at times.
The discipline of sitting down in a quiet space to let the words flow can be a challenge. Next question: If you could give a novice writer one piece of advice, what would it be?
Carlton: Don’t give up, even though you may be getting rejections. Trust God with the process and with the timing. I had to learn that the hard way, as I have been rejected by the BEST in Christian publishing and it took quite a while for me to get acceptances! The publications came in ways I never thought they would. God knows your strengths and will use them, in His way and in His time.
God’s timing is perfect even when we don’t understand it, great advice! Final question, Were you a young writer, late-bloomer, or somewhere in-between?
Carlton: I was a young writer. When I was 12, I had a poem published in the old Grit newspaper. Does anyone remember that publication? My grandmother was a subscriber, and, when I saw a call for youth contributions, I jumped at the chance. Then, when I was 13, I was asked to be the middle school correspondent for the high school newspaper. I became editor of that paper as a sophomore and continued until graduation. I like to say that’s how I got addicted to my byline, and I majored in broadcast and print journalism in college. The ink was in my blood from an early age.
Yes, it is in your blood! Thanks for stopping by.
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Carlton Hughes Bio:
Carlton Hughes, represented by Cyle Young of Hartline Literary, wears many hats. By day, he is a professor of communication. On Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings, he serves as a children’s pastor. In his “spare time,” he is a freelance writer. Carlton is an empty-nesting dad and devoted husband who likes long walks on the beach, old sitcoms, and chocolate–all the chocolate. His work has been featured in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Dating Game, The Wonders of Nature, Let the Earth Rejoice, Just Breathe, So God Made a Dog and Everyday Grace for Men. His latest book is Adventures in Fatherhood, co-authored with Holland Webb, and released by the Elle Claire imprint of Worthy/Hachette Publishing.
- Devotions written specifically for dads
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