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


 Available Now

Aransas Morning, my new novel set in Port Aransas, Texas, is now available. And that’s not a moment too soon, because in light of the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey in Port Aransas and beyond, we are taking orders with 75% of the net proceeds going to recovery efforts in the region. We’re off to a great start and we’d love to have you join us in this effort. You can also buy 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 form sometime soon.

Thanks for stopping by!


Photo: Tree grove, Yosemite National Park, California


No Smoking . . . Please

For Wilshire Baptist Church I find it baffling that commercial airplanes still have no smoking and fasten seatbelt signs. Isn’t every human alive familiar with these rules by now? I was born before seat belts were required and before smoking was banned in most locations. But with much of our population born after these rules …

Trick or treat

For Wilshire Baptist Church LeAnn and I went from door to door of every house in our neighborhood. We didn’t ring doorbells and we didn’t come home with bags of candy. But it was “trick or treat” just the same because, well, neighborhoods can be scary and fun all at the same time.


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