Welcome to my website – a place for words and pictures. Words because that is what I do, and pictures because they say so much more than my words can ever say.

Photo: Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, California



Aransas Morning, my new novel set in Port Aransas, Texas, will be the focus of a blog tour on Lone Star Literary Life, Jan. 23-31. There will be reviews, interviews, playlists, photos and giveaways. Click the calendar link below for more details.

This is my first blog tour and I’m hopeful it will boost iinterest in the book as we continue to donate 75% of the net proceeds to recovery efforts following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey in August. We’ve already sent money from book sales to four agencies and we’d love to have you join us in this effort. You can buy the book on this web site or online from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Please go to this link for details:

Aransas Morning

At the same time, I’ve gathered dozens of essays on community in its many forms and hope to have those available in a book in a couple of months.

During the late summer I test marketed some essays on Facebook that I called Lessons from the Garden. They are random thoughts about the gardens of our lives. I hope to have them in a book sometime soon.

January 23-31
Lone Star Literary Life Blog Tour

March 24
Galveston Island Book Festival
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Galveston College

Thanks for stopping by!


Photo: Tree grove, Yosemite National Park, California


Wreaths and crosses

For Wilshire Baptist Church A few evenings before New Years I went to Restland cemetery to retrieve a Christmas wreath off a grave. I hadn’t been there in several years and in the deepening darkness my memory faltered and I became lost in the maze of narrow roadways and dense trees that swallowed all light …

Be Still and Listen

For Wilshire Baptist Church There we were, faces red, nose-to-nose: “They haven’t tested the soil and I know it’s contaminated,” he said. “Yes, they have. He showed us the 500-page report,” I answered. “And I’m going to read it.” “Then read it and see for yourself and quit saying they haven’t done it.”


A few notes about myself:

I had my first piece of creative writing published in a school district anthology as a second grader, and I’ve been writing ever since. I majored in Journalism at Baylor University and was editor of the Baylor Lariat campus newspaper. I began my professional career at the Waco Tribune-Herald and have written for newspapers, magazines, businesses, non-profit organizations and government agencies. I currently live and work as a freelance writer in Garland, Texas, with my wife LeAnn.

I’ve published five books: “Grandpa Jack,” a novel about a local hero who becomes a third-party candidate for president; “The Snowman Uprising on Hickory Lane,” a tale for older children about what happens when you bully the wrong person; “Jonah Prophet,” an allegory on the Old Testament Book of Jonah set in the modern business world; and “When the Light Returned to Main Street,” a collection of short stories with Christmas themes.

A new novel, “Aransas Morning,” about a group of individuals who find redemption and family on the Texas Gulf Coast, has just been released and is available at this link:  Aransas Morning.  And a collection of essays on the theme of “community” in its many forms is headed toward publication. Many of these come from my weekly blog for Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas.

A more formal resume can be found here: Jeff Hampton.

Glad you stopped by. Your comments and feedback are always welcome.

Jeff Hampton

901 W. Avenue E

Garland, TX 75040




Photo:  Kings River, Kings Canyon National Park, California