JG Hampton

Biography

J. G. Hampton is a full time author/illustrator who graduated magna cum laude from the University of Utah as an educator who thanks to recertification requirements has accumulated enough hours for a master’s degree from Utah State University. A survivor of both a wicked mother-in-law and a wicked stepmother who stole her inheritance, she’s trying to live happily ever after despite a few evil spells during her life. Being left handed in a right handed world, she has yet to master Leonardo Da Vinci’s mirror handwriting technique, but she has mastered being a reverse image identical mirror twin who not only survived her birth as the runt of the litter, but the birthing of three daughters and over twenty literary magnum opuses in several genres. While constantly rooting for the underdogs of the world, she looks at crystal goblets and life as being half full rather than half empty. A firm believer that one must create their own magic if one is to enjoy life. She enjoys happy endings in her fiction and nonfiction musings. Enjoy her work on Smashwords

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Growing up in the conservative, highly competitive, highly educated city of Salt Lake definitely influenced my writing. It is not by chance that several bestselling authors have roots here. Businesses locate here to tap into the well educated work force as does the F.B.I. which is rather ironic since Utah is second to last for per pupil expenditure in the nation.

Yet the popular Twilight series had its start here in Utah. Perhaps limited resources creates greater imagination. As a child I avidly read Lynn Reid Banks, "The Fairy Rebel" and "The Indian in the Cupboard". I enjoyed taking books and changing parts I didn't like and making them different or embellishing them. My parents both worked and my twin sister and I enjoyed trying to exceed other friend's lively imaginations playing out scenarios in vacant lots and nearby gullies.

Our large family of debaters encouraged lively conversation and idea exchange at the dinner table. When my seventeen year old brother who was a foreign exchange student in Germany, was imprisoned in jail when an inflammatory sign appeared on the front lawn of his foster home declaring "Death to Jews", I learned the power of language first hand. As our letters to him were scrutinized by foreign officials, once more I learned how important ideas were as was the freedom of speech. Happily, we saw him again when his German foster brother confessed to planting the noxious sign and our brother was released.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The Secret in the Garden is about two twin girls who go to live with a distant relative, a confirmed bachelor at his manor in England when their mother becomes sick in New York City. Of course the mansion is haunted by non other than the ghost of Sherlock Holmes who was employed there by a husband and wife team almost two centuries ago when the estate was over run by ghosts. For some reason or other, he never left the place. Solve this mystery along with others. Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes aren't the only detectives in the family tree.
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Books

Three Ornery Blind Mice
By JG Hampton
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 970. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2013. Category: Fiction
Three blind mice have been handicapped ever since the bloodthirsty farmer's wife cut off their tails with a carving knife. Obviously, they are physically challenged and life has not dealt them a fair shake, but most disabling is their personalities. Life is not a bowl or cherries or a rind of cheese. Find out how they cope, but don't adopt them. Read this humorous book, but don't reform them.
Cloudy with a Chance of Raining Frogs and Toads
By JG Hampton
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,620. Language: English. Published: November 26, 2013. Category: Fiction
Two amphibians, one a green frog and one a brown toad, both females, live in Waldon Pond. They have a love/hate relationship. Miss Frog hops on over to help her friend Miss Toad wakeup and has her own wakeup call when the normal method, a kiss from a prince, fails to work. If you enjoyed Arnold Lobel's Frog and Toad series, you'll love this parody involving females. Girls rule! Enjoy.
Charlotte and the Easter Rabbit
By JG Hampton
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 23,410. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2013. Category: Fiction
Who wouldn't want to be adopted by the Easter Rabbit? Charlotte Beaufort, a talented ice cream entrepreneur, has always interested Mr. E. Rabbit because of her bucktoothed appearance and numerous talents which they have in common. When her ancient granny dies, the legendary rabbit becomes her guardian. Together they create new products until bully Mortimer interrupts their idyllic life.
The Snow Queen's Life and Times
By JG Hampton
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 16,760. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2013. Category: Fiction
Aurora Borealis was a princess who was long overdue. Her parents had wondered if they would ever have a child. The day of her christening, things went awry when Mordreda, the most powerful fairy in the kingdom uttered her wish for the princess and then dropped dead. The tiny princess had a frozen heart, blue lips and other issues to overcome. How did her parents cope?
Charlotte and the Humongous Bat
By JG Hampton
Price: Free! Words: 2,240. Language: American English. Published: October 25, 2013. Category: Fiction
Two bats, one a foxy vampire bat and one a fruit bat discuss their favorite food. Lord Wingston wants nothing more than dining on a plump child. Batfred, the fruit bat is horrified, especially when Charlotte Beaufort and her friend approach. Will they be eaten? Or will they outwit the ancient bat? This fascinating read is guaranteed to raise a few goose bumps. Who wins? Bat or child? Read it.
Thomas Edison Reinvents Himself
By JG Hampton
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 44,200. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2013. Category: Fiction
Genius Thomas Alva Edison has more patents than any other inventor, but one day while working on his food dehydrating machine he makes a super duper blooper. One hundred years later, he finds himself reinvented and living with a young scientist who just happened to pocket the inventor on a field trip to Edison's lab. Life in a new century is not easy for the inventor nor his young mentor.
Haunted Tales, Halls and Toys
By JG Hampton
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 13,320. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2013. Category: Fiction
Who doesn't like a few frightening tales to read on a cold moonless night? Grab a bowl of popcorn and enjoy a few frightmares. Read about a family heirloom who survived the French Revolution as well as a trip on the Ocean liner the Titanic. What happens to the fragile porcelain doll made by Jumeau on the anniversary of the fateful sinking of the great ship? This is a must read for Poe admirers.
Abraham Lincoln and his Sons
By JG Hampton
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 23,390. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2013. Category: Fiction
Abraham Lincoln had four fascinating live wires for sons. From baptizing the stairs to hanging the neighborhood dogs, there was never a dull moment at the Lincoln home in Springfield. Lincoln wouldn't have wanted it otherwise. Becoming the sixteenth president only made things more interesting for his two younger codgers. How would most parents have reacted if you'd lost your pa's inaugural speech?
Diary of a Wimpy Czarovitch
By JG Hampton
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 72,390. Language: English. Published: June 7, 2013. Category: Fiction
Alexei Romanov was the last czarovitch of Russia. All of Russia had prayed for his birth especially his mother Alexandra whose main duty was to provide a male to inherit the Romanov throne. After giving birth to four daughters, she bathed in a holy pool and prayed to St. Seraphim. A son was born, who was flawed. What secrets were his parents required to keep about their son? Read Alexei's diary.
The Bedtime Game
By JG Hampton
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 3,130. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2013. Category: Fiction
Jamie has a difficult time going to bed when her mother tells her it is bedtime. More often than not she doesn't quickly obey until her mother teaches her the bedtime game which she learned how to play as a child. Now Jamie is excited about going to bed and can hardly wait to play the game. Using her creativity, she creates outfits which deserve to be marketed at Saks. Play the game.
The Bog Queen's Mile High Pie Fly
By JG Hampton
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 2,000. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2013. Category: Fiction
Queen Alice develops a taste for flies and decides to use them in her pie contest recipe. Instead of three cupfuls, she uses three capefuls for a delicious pungent fly pie. Tragically, she finds herself airborne. A feisty fly proposes marriage and she accepts an offer she can't refuse.
The Secret in the Garden
By JG Hampton
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 62,320. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2013. Category: Fiction
Lord Wickham, known as Lennox is not happy when two identical twins descend on his English estate. The old bachelor doesn't want the bother of being a parent, but the twins have no where else to go while their mother battles for her life. If you liked The Secret Garden by Frances H. Burnett, you're going to love The Secret in the Garden. Who is haunting Mistletoe Manor. Read the book and find out.
Polygamy, was it Worth Dying For?
By JG Hampton
Price: $14.99 USD. Words: 131,960. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2013. Category: Fiction
A novel involving two family patriarchs and their wives after the infamous Edmund/Tucker legislation designed to destroy their religion and their way of life once and for all. Was plural marriage worth dying for? Find out what Mormon life in Salt Lake City was like prior to the Woodruff Mormon Manifesto of 1890 ending its practice.
The Tale of Pinkalotta Rose Pipsqueak In Bullies for You!
By JG Hampton
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 32,670. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2012. Category: Fiction
Pinkalotta Rose Pipsqueak is her mouth mother’s last production. Being a mouse of a different color, a brilliant rose pink, she enters the world as her mother makes a grand exit. Delighting her doting Kingly mouse father, she becomes his mouse darling and favorite child. Her twenty-nine mouse brothers are not as pleased with their new pink baby sister. Having one bully in the family is bad enough
Charlotte and the Ice Cream Factory
By JG Hampton
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 53,900. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2012. Category: Fiction
A precocious eight year old taste tests ice cream bars yearly for her honorary uncle, C.B. One year, she learns of his death due to a swarm of killer bees while he's testing his kite which he plans on including in his flavorful premium ice cream bars. Winner takes all and Charlotte inherits his factory and mansion. As the world's youngest C.E.O., she learns that being an executive is dangerous.
Confession of a Former Fairy Godmother
By JG Hampton
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 65,270. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2012. Category: Fiction
This is a fictional ebook about a fairy godmother who meets famous historical figures and transforms them. Look at history through the eyes of a fairy godmother. Enjoy your journey!

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