Adam Colton


Born in 1975, Adam Colton is a writer of humorous travelogues and short stories from Kent, UK. His first paperback documented an attempt to visit every lighthouse on the mainland coast of England and Wales undertaken with his father, Roger Colton, who published and contributed to the book which was featured on the BBC news to mark National Lighthouse Day and became the subject of a question on the quiz show, University Challenge.

Since then, Adam has straddled the line between documenting his lightly philosophical UK travel escapades and mind-blowing fiction. One of his stories was short-listed for the HG Wells festival's short story competition. He is also a writer of topical songs, performing as one half of the duo Adam and Teresa, whose song 'Fat Cats with a Death Wish on the M25' received airplay on BBC Radio Kent.

England and Wales in a Flash (2003) - with Roger Colton
Mud Sweat and Beers (2006)
Seven Dreams of Reality (2009)
Bordering on Lunacy (2011) - with Roger Colton
The Kent-erbury Tales (2012)
Stair-Rods and Stars (2015)
Conundrum (2016)
Codename: Narcissus (2020)
The Dream Machine (Labyrinth of Dreams) (2020)

Smashwords Interview

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.
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The Dream Machine (Labyrinth Of Dreams)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,800. Language: English. Published: May 13, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
There's no escaping technology - even while you're sleeping! Adam Colton's second novel dives headlong into science fiction. Vincent Smithfield is an inventor, dismissed as eccentric at best, pathological at worst. Just as it seems that nobody will take his latest invention seriously, the dream recording machine's true nature becomes apparent, by which time it's too late to turn back.
Codename: Narcissus
Price: $6.99 $2.80 USD. (60% off until May 31!) Words: 37,710. Language: British English. Published: March 26, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
Tim is a cold controller, his wife is slowly losing it and his new best friend is you! Adam Colton's first novel is a psychodrama, exploring the many issues surrounding narcissism and gaslighting.
Bordering on Lunacy
Price: $2.99 $1.20 USD. (60% off until May 31!) Words: 37,440. 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.
Stair-Rods and Stars: A Cycling Perambulation
Price: $2.99 $1.20 USD. (60% off until May 31!) Words: 79,110. 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: $2.99 $1.20 USD. (60% off until May 31!) Words: 27,600. Language: British English. Published: June 10, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Hikes & walks, Nonfiction » Travel » By region
Hamstreet to Ham Street: a hiker's diary 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. Includes the Greensand Way, St Swithun's Way, Clarendon Way and Monarch's Way.