About this Episode
In this episode, Clueless Gent talks to one of his favorite authors in the entire bookish world: Jeff Hampton. In his two Aransas books, Jeff had a wonderful way of developing his characters, which he discusses in the podcast. Further, these two books were inspired by several actual events in Jeff’s life. To find out what they are, and how they led to two wonderful books, this episode is one you definitely don’t want to miss!
About our Guest – Jeff Hampton
During a 30-year career in journalism and communications, Jeff Hampton has covered and written about topics ranging from business and finance to history and faith. His bylines have appeared in publications ranging from The Dallas Morning News to The New York Times.
The son and grandson of elementary school teachers and administrators, Hampton had his first piece of fiction published in a school district anthology when he was in the second grade in Richardson, Texas. After graduating from J.J. Pearce High School, he attended Baylor University where he majored in Journalism and was editor of the Baylor Lariat campus newspaper. He began his professional career at the Waco Tribune-Herald and has written for newspapers, magazines, businesses, non-profit organizations and government agencies.
Hampton’s first novel, Grandpa Jack, was published in 2013. The story about an ordinary citizen who becomes a third-party presidential candidate has gained strong reviews on Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com. The book also has raised questions about his interest in politics, but he is quick to explain that Grandpa Jack is about the political process and not ideology, and his true passion will always be writing.
Hampton had two more books published in 2014: The Snowman Uprising on Hickory Lane, a children’s tale about what happens when you bully the wrong person; and Jonah Prophet, an allegory on the Old Testament Book of Jonah set in the modern business world. In 2015 he published When the Light Returned to Main Street, a collection of short stories with Christmas and holiday themes. A second edition with additional stories was published in 2019.
In 2017, Hampton published Aransas Morning, a story of community and redemption set in the Gulf Coast town of Port Aransas, Texas. He followed in 2018 with a sequel, Aransas Evening.
Coming in March 2021 is Together: Thoughts and Stories About Living in Community, a collection of essays on the nature and meaning of “community” in all its many forms.
As a freelance writer, Hampton writes about architectural and design topics as well as trends in higher education for regional and institutional publications.
He currently lives and works in Garland, Texas, with his wife LeAnn.