Chris Hampton


Chris Hampton has written two young adult novels: Cory’s in Goal (a coming-of-age soccer story published in 2014) and Edge Walker (an apocalyptic wilderness adventure, forthcoming in Spring of 2016).

Growing up in an Air Force family, Chris learned to be adaptable. Frequent moves around the U.S. opened him to the exploration of both urban and wild places. As a young adult, he worked gold mines, construction, heavy machinery, and tree trimming. Then, for twenty-three years, he taught high school English and coached soccer. Some of that time was spent in Kayenta, Arizona, among the Dine people who, Chris says, truly walk in beauty.

When Chris and his wife, Ann, were introduced to Tom Brown Jr.'s Tracker and Wilderness Survival School, they discovered new worlds of wonder and adventure. In recent years, he has helped run Young Men's Initiation programs. Both Ann and Chris now spend much of their time taking and teaching classes, traveling, and writing about their experiences.


Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a military family-Air Force-and moved from place to place every few years. Since graduating from high school and living my own life, I have continued to move and travel around the United States and parts of the world. The experiences from living in so many places have been important as a foundation for the stories I have written and ones still to come.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing during the fall of my sophomore year in high school. It was a spontaneous thing, where I woke up in the early hours and simply started writing gibberish. Or, at least it seemed so when I woke back up later that day and read what I had written! But, it spurred me on to write more stories and poetry. Since I was already reading The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings once a year, my mind was full of fantastical places and creatures. I guess the writing offered a way for all that imaginative energy to express itself.
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Where to find Chris Hampton online


Edge Walker
Pre-release—available July 4, 2016. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 71,770. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
In Chris Hampton’s Edge Walker, the world changes overnight when agency officials release a deadly virus into the population. A thirteen-year-old boy finds himself alone with only a backpack, memories of his dead mother, and shaky survival skills learned from a mysterious grandfather. The boy barely escapes a city torn by chaos and killing. But his danger has just begun.
Cory's in Goal
Price: Free! Words: 34,020. Language: English. Published: August 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
Cory Towson is the new kid at school and on the Grandview soccer team. When a split-second accident ends the star ‘keeper’s season, Cory also finds himself the new kid in goal, with the team’s hopes for the championship riding on his shoulders. With riveting action on and off the soccer pitch, Cory’s in Goal follows a boy’s quest for excellence and stability in his fast changing world.

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