Interview with Adam Colton

What do your fans mean to you?
Anybody working in any creative field does so with one thing in mind - creating something of value to those who experience it. When people say that my travel books have made them laugh this means a lot. Or alternatively I am delighted when somebody says that a story I have written has disturbed them. The aim is to create a reaction so that the book is an experience. This feedback is what inspires me to write more.
Who are your favorite authors?
It was Bill Bryson who initially inspired me to start travel writing. As far as fiction goes I like George Orwell and Aldous Huxley and being a music fan Ian Macdonald's analysis of The Beatles is a particularly well written work where the writing is as good as the records that inspired it.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I wrote was aged 7 about a clock factory. The first adult story I wrote was The Dream Machine, about a machine that can record dreams. I wrote it to enter a competition and it features in my ebook Conundrum.
When did you first start writing?
When I was a child I always wrote stories and collected together facts for non-fiction books. I started working on my first published book in 2000 after a break of around 10 years.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is the culmination of around seven years of cycling and camping trips around the UK. I'd decided to take a break from writing until a friend who writes horror books said that my books had inspired him to start writing himself, which gave me the impetus to turn my therapeutic jaunts into a new travel book.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I feel that many publishing houses merely seek to appeal to a market model which tends to create identical clone books. I think that this stifles creativity so there will always be a place for indie authors in the same way that the independent music scene reinvigorated British rock music in the nineties.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords is a great means for independent authors to reach a wider market. It is a complex procedure for authors to submit their work to individual platforms but Smashwords takes out most of the donkey work allowing authors to concentrate on what they're good at - writing!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a village in Southern England. A love of the U.K. countryside and tradition influences my travel writing. The fact that even the most beautiful villages have a dark side inspired my stories which tend to be about uncovering disturbing secrets about life.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The satisfaction of completing a project knowing you have created something of value. It's a cliche but books seem to have a life of their own, often surprising the author as they take shape.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Sunshine! Failing that, a nice cup of tea. Awful stereotype I know!
Published 2016-07-29.
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Books by This Author

Bordering on Lunacy
Price: Free! Words: 37,420. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Trip Journals, Nonfiction » Travel » By region
A father and son's crazy quest for lighthouses, haunted castles and an arcane border in Southern Scotland.
Conundrum
Price: Free! Words: 46,880. Language: British English. Published: September 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
England's oldest county provides the backdrop for these disquieting tales, as lives are turned upside down in the most unlikely settings. The characters wrestle with their sanity as they make astonishing discoveries about themselves. From a dream recording machine to an alternative apocalypse, and from historic Canterbury to the White Cliffs of Dover, their world is never what it seems.
Stair-Rods and Stars: A Cycling Perambulation
Price: Free! Words: 79,080. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » By region, Nonfiction » Travel » Specialties & interests
Discover the parts of Southern England guides that other travel books have yet to reach. Follow our roving cyclist as he humorously camps his way along canals, disused railway lines and ancient trails, taking in iconic cities from Bath to Winchester to Leicester. The only known travel book written in reverse chronology, as the author picks apart the history and the mystery of everyday life..
Mud, Sweat and Beers
Price: Free! Words: 27,580. Language: British English. Published: June 10, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Hikes & walks, Nonfiction » Travel » By region
A humorous 'rambling' adventure across Southern England. Two young(ish) men set off in search of a remote village in Somerset purely because it had the same name as their home village in Kent. Armed with little more than a trusty axe and a tent, they follow long distance paths via Surrey, Hampshire & Wiltshire. Funny, informative and surreal; this is the only known travel book with dream sequences