A Blount County man will soon see his first novel appear on bookstore shelves.
Hollis Hughes, 83, has just published “Mindful of Him,” a Christian-based novel, through WinePress Publishing.
The book is set in the 1950s and tells the story of a young man who spends several months alone in the wilderness, searching for the source of a river he was familiar with as a child.
Hughes said parts of the book are based on his own life, but it is a work of fiction.
He wrote the book during the 12 years in which he took care of his first wife, Janett, who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. Hughes and Janett were married 50 years before she died.
He is now married to Lera Hughes; they were married eight years ago. They met when Hughes hired Lera to type his manuscript; she was owner and manager of Act One Resume, Word Processing and Editing Service.
Besides being a novelist, Hollis Hughes is known for at least two other endeavors. He was a counselor at Corner High School for 36 years before retiring in 1988 to take care of his wife, and he taught night classes at Wallace State College in Hanceville for nine years.
Janett was an English teacher at Corner High for 27 years. When she quit work for 11 years to raise their sons John and Richard, Hollis started earning a second income by growing rhododendrons on their property on Skyline Drive.
With his sights turned to publishing, Hughes is busy these days getting the word out about his book.
“Mindful of Him” is available at Family Christian Store in Fultondale and at Yates-Chance Christian Book Store in Cullman.
It can also be purchased online. To read more about the book or to purchase it, go to www.winepressbooks.com.