About Hugh Whitmore

I grew up in California and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley.

I ran my own real estate business, got married to my wife Liz, a human resources executive…

and we had a daughter named Madeline, who is now a college student and a worship leader.

After some years I was ready for a new adventure! I visited a friend in Colorado and fell in love with the state, so our little family left our old life behind and started a new life in Highlands Ranch, which is a lovely suburb about twenty miles south of Denver.

After a few more years I was ready for another adventure, so I sold my business and became an author of both fiction and nonfiction books.

Fun facts about Hugh…
I’m an avid runner…

I’m a compulsive house cleaner…

My wife, my daughter and I have been to all fifty states!

I write novels for young people aged nine to twelve, although the stories are acceptable to read to younger children as well. I began writing to honor my daughter’s middle grade years, a time when she was becoming independent but still holding on to the innocence of childhood.

My daughter is grown now but I still love kids and I love to serve young people by bringing them fun and exciting stories they can enjoy and learn from.

One of my hopes with my novels is that they will encourage young people to develop their imaginations, because stupendous accomplishments can arise from a small idea that is nurtured along in the mind of a wishful dreamer.

The idea for The Three Madelines novels was born one day when I was driving my daughter home from gymnastics practice. We live in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, which is situated on the rolling landscape of the American high prairie. I looked out into a large swath of open space and saw a lone tree sitting in the middle of the field. We have these great, old oak trees here that dot the landscape, many of which sit at the edge of deep gullies that have been created from a century or more of natural drainage.

When you get close to these oak trees they usually have some gnarly, exposed roots, so I wondered what it might look like if the entire side of an oak tree had its roots washed away and some kids made a fort under there.

From this burst of imagination came the idea for book one of the series, “The Recipe,” and now three books and almost two-hundred thousand words later I keep following my imagination further and further to keep the characters and the fun alive. I promise I’ll keep writing Three Madelines books until I run out of ideas for my crazy endings!

I write self-help books because I love to help people improve their lives and look at things in a positive way…

My education at the University of California at Berkeley…

inspired me to always push my knowledge into the expert level…

in whatever area I was pursuing, including my book topics. I admit this is my nerdiest quality and I won’t consider myself an expert unless I’ve spent hundreds of hours absorbing a vast array of material.

More than three decades of experience running several different small business enterprises has put me in a unique position to pass on the kind of knowledge and expertise only achievable with a great deal of time and effort.

In my first self-help book, “The Christian Leadership Experience,” I drew from my business experience, plus recorded interviews…

with dozens of highly successful Christian people to bring you an encouraging manual on how to achieve the best results possible in your career, your family life, and your personal relationships.

I’m currently at work on a new book called “The Moment Time Stopped,” where I apply my usual high level of scholarship to answer some of the great questions of the bible, like “If God is good, why is there evil in the world,” and “when will the end of the world come?”

Future projects in the planning stages are a book on how to start and run a small business and a book on how to get healthy and stay healthy in an age of toxicity. I hope to keep bringing you information you can use to make your stay in this world just a little better.