About M. Day Hampton
I currently live in Paradise, CA. After hearing a survivalist anecdote from a dear friend, I was inspired to complete the journey described in this book through the American wilderness. I write about things I would like to read and often include experiences and people who matter to me. I love old books, the sea, and big, dumb dogs. When I am not up at 3:30 a.m. writing down the thoughts that come to me in my sleep, you can find me out in the woodshop making new things old again.
One of my favorite authors is John Steinbeck. Yes, John Steinbeck! He was more than a storyteller. He showed a fidelity to nature, to real life wrapped in symbolic images—all with secondary themes. He wrote about ordinary people — simplistic at first glance but infused deeply in social consequences. I grew up watching my father read Zane Grey and Louis L’Amour. As a kid, every Monday evening included a trip to the local library just down the street. My mother and I would exchange seven western books for seven unread works. Throughout the next week, he would read each book, sometimes two at a time. Actually, my father wanted to name me after a Zane Grey character. Thank God Mom vetoed!
I believe in respecting my elders, taking care of others, and making opportunities happen. Please join me in a journey called Behind Picketwire.