Dean Hughes has spent most of his career as a full-time writer and has written sports, humor, historical fiction (especially the World War II era), and nonfiction. He has written for books for a variety of reading levels, from series for beginning and middle-grade readers to adults. He penned several sports series for young readers that were widely popular. He works with several publishers, including Deseret Book for his LDS audience, and Random House and Simon and Schuster for his broader audiences.