Frequently Asked Questions

Where does Jobie live?
southern New Hampshire

What does Jobie read?
Jobie claims that he isn't a fast reader, though he averages 40 - 50 books a year, most being literary fiction, classics and contemporary alike. See his Reading List for suggested titles.

Where does Jobie typically write?
When he first started writing, he did so only in coffeehouses, which was a public way of doing a private thing. For a while he even believed his sole ambition for becoming a writer was to have an excuse for spending entire days inside of cafés. Now, however, he's too distracted to work from anywhere other than home.

Any tips for other aspiring writers?
In Jobie's words, "Writing is a job, so treat it like one, which is to say, do it every day. Some days will be easy, some days hard. It takes time, patience, and a hell of a lot of hard work. The journey is the reward, so do your best to enjoy the process and to have fun. I spent most of my early days taking myself too seriously and missed out on a lot. True art shows up in the rewrites. Be assiduous. My favorite quote regarding this is: 'Beyond talent lie all the usual words – discipline, love, luck – but most of all, endurance.' Read voraciously. Have heart and faith; neither come easy. But most importantly, plant your ass in a chair and keep hammering out the words. I've found that sticking to a daily quota is the best way to discipline yourself. For me, I write a thousand words a day, every day. I know several other writers who also use quotas (whether it be word count, pages written, or number of hours spent at one's desk). Continuous writing is really the only way for those starting out to learn the craft. Be skeptical of writing programs. They can be very helpful, especially for those who lack self-discipline, but keep realistic expectations; like anything else, what you get out of a writing program is entirely contingent upon what you put into it. And understand that it's impossible for a writer to teach you in a two or three hour lecture what it's taken him or her twenty or thirty years to learn."

What is he working on now?
Jobie is currently at work on his second novel, titled The Gates of Pyrrhus.

Is "At Dawn" a young adult novel? If so, is it the beginning of another series?
No, it is not considered young adult nor is it part of a series. It is stand-alone literary novel. For more information, including an excerpt, reviews, interviews, Jobie's book tour schedule, and links to buy the book, please visit the At Dawn designated page.

Who is his literary agent?
Jennifer Lyons of the Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency.

I have a great idea for a book. Does Jobie want to hear it?
No. It’s your story, not his.

I've written a book/script/short story. Will Jobie read it?
No, and any unsolicited projects he receives will be discarded immediately.

“At Dawn is the brave, rare sort of novel that finds extraordinary meaning in ordinary lives. The characters are beautifully complex, honorable and compassionate, and yet, like so many of us, deeply flawed and emotionally scarred. The writing is clean and sharp and vivid, and in reading Jobie Hughes I’m reminded of the tremendous power of simple honesty in storytelling. This is a fine book by a fine writer.”

James Brown
Author of The Los Angeles Diaries and This River

“Hughes' debut novel, At Dawn, follows a former All-American wrestler, and is there any better metaphor for contemporary American life? We're all wrestling, tussling with the economy, no jobs, doing the best we can. Hughes doesn't flinch from the tough existential questions. He embraces them.”

Joshua Mohr
Author of Damascus

“Hughes combines coming-of-age tale, portrait of the artist as a young man, and father-son saga in a well-crafted novel...[with] pathos, wit, and insight into the relationships that define our lives.”

Publishers Weekly