In retirement after a fifty-year career as a radio, TV and print journalist, and petroleum industry lobbyist, I have turned to my first love: fiction writing. The books in the Jerrod Series reflect my memories of small-town life, where--if you're lucky--everyone knows and cares about you. And of course, if you're unlucky, everyone knows and cares about you.
Visit The Jerrod Series for a profile of the small town and excerpts from each of the books.
The Jerrod Citizen ,the weekly newspaper, tells the "back story" of the small town of Jerrod.
The Journal page is devoted to my view of the writing craft and periodically features short stories and musings where I shape plots and characters.
You can order autographed copies of any of my books at the Contact page. How about merchandise? Well, more about that later.
Kilborn is a story of one man's spiral to madness and how it flows into the lives of the small cotton-farming community of Jerrod, TX. The climax comes with a dramatic car wreck and the antagonist's fatal encounter with a ravening feral pig.
Espinoza continues the story of the impact of Drake Kilborn's death on the people of Jerrod. It follows Texas Ranger Freddy Espinoza, who's looking into mysterious behavior of the Holden County Sheriff. And there's this poltergeist . . .
McTague, the third in the "Jerrod Series," is the story of a family harvesting wheat for farmers in three states. Scotty McTague must decide what's right for the business and best for his family. A dramatic encounter with a snake tips the balance.
"In Hughes’ quiet debut thriller, one of the townspeople in a small Texas community is becoming increasingly unhinged and, therefore, potentially dangerous.
"An absorbing slow-burn approach and simpatico characters make this a standout novel."
Kirkus Reviews, 2019
"The author eschews the typical propulsive pace of a crime novel in favor of a more measured, almost literary speed. This works to the benefit of the characters, who emerge from the page fully formed and breathing."
Kirkus Reviews, 2019
"The plot unfolds naturally, with plausible yet unexpected complications. The novel uses dialogue well, relaying necessary information and keeping the suspense high. Readers looking for a well-told story with flawed, intriguing characters should enjoy McTague."