Scott Hughes – The Strange and Fateful Journey of the Writer and the Entrepreneur
Some career choices are made, others are you. In the case of Scott Hughes, it was certainly a fateful journey that led him to become an established author and curator of ideas and books. The owner of OnlineBookClub.org is certainly no stranger to curating ideas for the benefit of people. For more than 15 years, the website has served as a free sanctuary for aspiring writers and book enthusiasts around the world to share ideas, their words and their stories. to another.
Although there is no exact science to creating a successful work, Scott Hughes has his own approach and he took the time to sit down and discuss his own method, the history of his company. , how he got into writing and what’s on the horizon for his next job.
Hi Scott, thanks for your time. Can you start by telling us a bit about yourself?
I am the owner and creator of OnlineBookClub.org, a free website for book lovers with over two million members. I am also an elected member of the Board of Education in my hometown, Manchester, Connecticut. Most importantly, I am the full time father of my two children, Tristen and Amaya. I am the author of several books. Most of the books I have written are short non-fiction books, but I have written one fiction book: “Justice: A Novella”.
What inspired you to create OnlineBookClub.org?
I created OnlineBookClub.org in 2006. At the time, neither Kindle nor iPhone had been produced. Originally, I created OnlineBookClub.org as an international discussion board to discuss books. The advantage of an online club over a more traditional in-person meeting was threefold: First, instead of having to read a book at a certain time for a defined in-person meeting, a participant can read the book when he wishes it. Second, members can discuss any book they’ve read at any time, so you don’t have to read just the book the book club chooses that month as it happens. in a book club in person.
When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer?
I don’t think I realized it, and in general I wouldn’t consider myself primarily a writer. This is something that I can see about myself retroactively, to the extent that I have written books in the past, and now I am a published bestselling author. I guess there was a turning point when my company published their first book, “Holding Fire”, and I wrote the introduction for it. The intro was only a few pages long, but my friends and family who read it encouraged me to write my own book.
You are a bestselling author with numerous publications. What was your main motivation for writing “Justice: A Novella” and “The Banned Book about Love”?
In the case of Justice, I developed the idea in my head for several months in the gym actually. I usually train for about an hour a day so it gives me a lot of time to think and imagine things. There’s a scene in the book where a detective is actually trying to encourage the attacker to defend himself by getting a lawyer rather than going to the attorney general, and that’s the scene that I have. came to mind first. I had a clear idea of ââthe scene and the dialogue in my head while I was in the gym, and I got stuck on it. I thought about it for a few days, then wrote the first draft of this scene, then developed the rest of the book from there.
Along with the banned book, it was only banned after it was released. Needless to say, I didn’t intend to write a forbidden book. It was a book about unconditional love and forgiveness for all human beings. This idea of ââunconditional love is perhaps my most fundamental aspects of my personal spirituality and my philosophy of life. I believe that even a rabid dog deserves unconditional love and forgiveness. But it is a very controversial idea.
Being a defender of love means that you challenge enemies. Being a peace advocate means you challenge violent people and supporters of violence.
Where do you find your information or ideas for your books?
I log a lot in a private journal on my computer. Most of what I write in my journal is something that I don’t show to anyone, and even never read again. But sometimes something makes me want to share or develop more.
When it comes to a non-fiction book, usually I think I’m going to write an article or an essay about something, and then somehow accidentally write way too much.
Do you hear a lot from your readers? What kinds of things do they say?
I don’t hear from readers as much as I think I do. When I do, they are generally supportive and kind. The most common thing they have to say is actually a question, “When is your next book coming out?” Or “what is your next book about?” “
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Running OnlineBookClub.org keeps me very busy professionally. I really enjoy working with other authors and helping them develop and share their art.
On a more personal level, I love rock climbing and boxing. I also learned Jiu Jitsu this year, and ballroom dancing has been a hobby of mine every now and then. Running OnlineBookClub primarily involves sitting full time at my computer desk, and writing keeps me at my desk as well.
Finally, what do you think the future holds for you and OnlineBookClub.org?
Right now, we are working on creating an e-reader application for mobile devices that will compete with Amazon Kindle. I am very enthusiastic about it.
We have already run news contests. I think we’ll be launching a new one soon.
I would also like to do a poetry competition soon.
I’m also almost done with the first draft of my next book. The working title is “#InItTogether: the beautiful struggle that unites us all”. For now, I’ll let the title speak for itself, and I’ll do a better summary after the first draft is finished.
Thanks Scott for your time!
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