Adam Colton

Biography

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.

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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Where to buy in print


Books

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

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