David C. Hughes defies the premise that engineers can’t write. Former communications columnist for Lockheed Martin’s National Management Association Courier magazine, his monthly “Toaster” column explored topics concerning Toastmasters International and its affiliates at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company in Fort Worth, Texas. He was a regular feature writer for the North Texas Catholic newspaper, and a contributor to Lockheed Martin’s Plane Talk corporate newsletter.
His work has appeared in The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Soaring Magazine, and Johnson County’s Country Coupons, and his poetry has been extensively published in anthologies. His essay, “Meandering on the River Walk–With a Stick,” took first place in the 2015 Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc. (OWFI) Contest, Inspirational Article category, and his short story, “The Clockmaker,” won first place in the 2015 OWFI Contest, Short Story (Adult) bracket. Writer’s Digest magazine chose his short story, “Quod Est Dentem” (“What is Tooth”), as a finalist in “Your Story” contest number 53.
David illustrated the humorous book, You Might Be a Writer, which he co-authored with Robyn Conley (http://robynconley.com). Self-published in 1995, You Might be a Writer explores the foibles and follies of the writing life.
A former church youth leader and deacon, David 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.
After 27 years of employment as an electrical engineer in the defense industry, David left his corporate career in August 2013 to launch a full-time writing vocation. On August 29th, 2014, Progressive Rising Phoenix Press (www.progressiverisingphoenix.com) released The Epiphany of Joy, a Christian inspirational book which discusses the true meaning of this fruit of the Holy Spirit. Progressive Rising Phoenix Press also released David’s first children’s picture book, Melted Clowns, illustrated by his niece, Emilie L. Hughes. Both titles are available on Amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, TxAuthors.com, as well as from the publisher and from select specialty stores. His second picture book, 10 Little Hiccups / 10 pequeños hipos, a bilingual counting book illustrated by Ken Bryson, will be released in September 2015 by Progressive Rising Phoenix Press.
He is currently working on two children’s story collections, On My Daddy’s Knee (a children’s chapter book) and The Dark Side of the Covers (a middle grade reader). In addition to the children’s books, David is also writing a second Christian inspirational book, A Matter of Perspective. He also plans to release a novel, On the Inside, a Twilight Zone-like book, in 2016.
David’s blog site, “David C. Hughes, Writer” (http://davidchugheswriter.com), includes his latest take on what it means to be a Christ-centered man, husband, father, son, brother, and friend in these exciting and challenging times.
With over 30 years of writing experience, and over 25 years of technical documentation writing/reviewing/editing experience, David also launched a professional editing service. To date, six books he’s edited have been published. See the “Editing Services” tab for more information about these books as well as my services and fees.
Originally from the town of Maine, New York, David now lives near Aledo, Texas with the loves of his life: his wife, Mary, and his daughter, Hannah. At last count he also has two dogs, a handful of fish, four chickens, and countless fire ants.
David C. Hughes can also be found on LinkedIn, at www.linkedin.com/in/davidchugheswriter, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/davidchugheswriter, and on Twitter @TheJoyGuy. His Amazon.com author page is located at: www.amazon.com/author/davidchughes.