John Hough Jr.

John Hough, Jr. teaches fiction writing on Martha's Vineyard and is the author of The Fiction Writer's Guide to Dialogue. He is the author of six novels, including Seen the Glory: A Novel of the Battle of Gettysburg, winner of the 2010 Y.W. Boyd Award for excellence in military fiction from the American Library Association. His novel, Little Bighorn, was published in 2014. Mr. Hough lives with his wife in West Tisbury, Massachusetts.

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Long ago, when I was taking my first uncertain steps as a writer, a successful and much older novelist told me, by way of instruction, “Fiction is shorthand.” I didn’t quite grasp her meaning, but over time the truth of this beautiful reduction became clearer and clearer to me, until I had embraced it as gospel.



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