Hi. I’m Denise.

I prefer mountains to beaches and towns to cities, yet I live in the greater Los Angeles area.

I think God has a funny sense of humor.

I was born and raised in a small farming community, where life was slower, and simpler too.

Then I moved to Southern California to attend Azusa Pacific University. And happily stayed.

Today, I’m married to the funniest accountant God ever made. (Yes, I’ve discovered that it’s possible for an accountant to have a sense of humor.) Jeff makes me laugh every day.

We are blessed with three pretty cool kids: Simone (17), Brynn (9), and Parker (7).

After my youngest was born, I returned to school and finished an M.A. in Rhetoric and Composition. Since then, I have taught composition at every grade level: middle school, high school, and college. I currently teach college composition, and I even have my college students start a blog!

As an English teacher, I cannot help but encourage everyone to write.

Writing helps us articulate our thoughts and give meaning to feeling. Through the written word, we share our journeys and offer hope to others.

In many ways, I fall within the traditional stereotype of writers. I’m quiet. I’m introverted. I love books. And I’m usually the last person to talk whenever I’m in a group setting. But I’m committed to this craft of shaping words to share my life — the ways I’ve failed, the ways I’ve grown, and the many ways God has redeemed my brokenness.

As a follower of Christ, I write about faith.
And as an English teacher, I write about the craft of writing.

This blog is devoted to helping others deepen their faith and develop their craft. I’m interested in building a community of faith-filled speakers and writers who seek to infuse their words with grace and truth (John 1:14).

To join this Community of Grace and Truth:

You can subscribe by e-mail or RSS feed.
You can follow on Twitter: @DeniseJHughes
You can click “like” on Facebook: facebook.com/DeniseJHughes

It’s a joy to connect with kindred bloggers. I would love to hear your story — where you’re from, what you’ve learned, and how you’ve grown. You are always welcome to leave a comment or send an e-mail to: denise@denisejhughes.com

2 thoughts on “About

  1. I knew I liked you.

    I dream of a quiet afternoon in a dusty bookstore, a long walk down a winding country road, hours upon hours to craft stories and the comfortable companionship of cherished friends. Your blog has been a breath of fresh air today. Thank you, friend.

  2. Denise, it was so fun to read your page here and learn a little more about you. I have three kids, too, and I went to school in Los Angeles and used to teach high school English. Lots in common–including the introversion, the love of books and writing, and the being one of the last in a group to speak! (Oh, and I also grew up in a small, farming community and now live 30 minutes from San Francisco!) Thank you so much for sharing all of this. It makes my heart glad. ~Jennifer

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