Something to Read on the Ride: James Griffiths

Today, I am pleased to host a debuting author, James Griffiths. Let’s welcome James into the publishing arena by buying Something to Read on the Ride, and don’t forget to let him know how much you liked his short, Through Glass.

James Griffiths author picIn his own words:

I’m 18 studying journalism at Cardiff University. My “Something to Read on the Ride” contribution was my first properly published piece of fiction, however I am a contributor to the student newspaper too.

Currently juggling the prospect of being a journalist or an author or both! I also dabble in theatre from time to time and constantly seem to find myself with a guitar in my hands. You can follow me on Twitter @JGriff95, if you’re into that sort of thing. I’m sure you won’t regret the decision!

Now, let’s hear his answers to my 8 questions: 

1. When you were a kid you wanted to be…?

It’s something that has changed a few times but I’ve always wanted to simply be creative. During my childhood I wanted to be an author and still do, but I’ve also felt inspired to become an actor or a journalist more recently. I tend to stick with “writer” to answer that question these days!

2. The first book you read was…?

I can’t remember the exact first book I read but I remember as a child absolutely loving “The Edge Chronicles” by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell. My friend gave me a copy of “Beyond the Deepwoods” and I never looked back, Riddell’s illustrations are so rich and brilliantly complemented the imaginative world that I read about.

3. You discovered you were quite good at writing when…?

Realizing in primary school that English was by far my best subject, and constantly looking forward to the creative writing tasks. I’m not sure I thought then that I was “good” and I still don’t, but I know writing is one of my favourite things.

4. As a reader, your favorite genre is…?

Either fantasy, sci-fi or thriller. Something with a good adventure, memorable characters and has an edge to it.

5. No, really, what’s that title you’re hiding in your kindle…?

A Clash of Kings by big George, the second one of the Game of Thrones books.

6. You write…?

A sort of mish-mash of fantasy and sci-fi, I like to go in for good realism and dark undertones.

7. The praise about your writing you like the most is…?

I haven’t really written enough to gather much praise but a couple of people have praised the creative imagination in my writing.

8. What’s next…?

Working on some sci-fi about gangs, sewers and a metropolis. It’s sort of inspired by the Copertina Sandro Beneficenzavideo game Fallout 3 among other things!


And once again, don’t forget to buy Something to Read on the Ride to read James’s short. You will also support a great cause, the Wallace and Gromit’s Grand Appeal, A Children’s Hospital Charity.

Something to Read on the Ride: James Griffiths

Something to Read on the Ride: Paul B. Kohler

Wednesday on this side of the hemisphere, frigid cold but sunny outside, warm and cozy inside. Today, our guest is author Paul B. Kohler, who, in his own words, when not practicing architecture, works on his writing. He lives in Littleton, Colorado, with his wife and daughter. Linear Shift, Part One, his serialized novel, sounds rather intriguing.

Linear Shift, Part One

No one said time travel would be easy.
Peter Cooper, a widowed father of two whose life is crumbling around him—until a bizarre encounter with a desperate Army general launches him on a risky mission: to go back to 1942 and change a moment in time. The repercussions will almost certainly alter the conclusion of World War II. But will the ripple effects stop there? And what kind of life will Peter return to?
Unknown Consequences:
A successful mission may not have the success he had intended.
Linear Shift is a serialized novel, with four total parts planned. This is part one.

NB: Part Two is coming soon!

Paul B KohlerPaul has gracefully agreed to answer my 8 questions:

When you were a kid you wanted to be…?

Growing up, I wanted to be everything.  My earliest memory was to be a fighter pilot. I loved the Blue Angels and knew that would be me up here one day. The next week, I am certain it was something else.  From the time I was 10 or so, I wanted to be an architect.  That one stuck all through high school, and that is my day job today.

The first book you read was…?

I cannot remember the name of the first book I read.  I know the main character was a bi-plane pilot, and I think his last name was Buchanan.  It was an old book when I read it, and I LOVED that book.  Somewhere along the way, I lost it, as well as the name.  I have occasionally tried to google search on something new I will occasionally remember from it.  It’s hard trying to remember something that happened 30+ years ago.

You discovered you were quite good at writing when…?

Actually, my first story I ever wrote was Amy.  I wrote it about a year and a half after my daughter was born.  I occasionally, I would write about my day or other lame stuff when I was 29, but after writing that first story and having my wife cry when she read it, told me I was on to something.  Not for making my wife cry, but by being able to dray out emotions with the written word.

As a reader, your favorite genre is…?

I LOVE Sci-Fi.  I cannot get enough of it.  Space flight = good. Aliens = good. Time Travel = good.  You get the point.  My love for Sci-Fi has been very intimidating though, as that is the genre I most want to write in, but I feel so inferior after reading so many good stories from so many great authors.

No, really, what’s that title you’re hiding in your kindle…?

Hmm.  I think there might be a story or two on there that is in the erotic fiction category.  I got them free a few months back, and wanted to see what all the fuss was about.  I figured why not try and bang out a story in that genre. You’re all safe though, as I don’t see that happening anytime soon.

You write…?

Linear Shift coverI write what moves me.  Right now, I am in starting the 3rd part to a Time Travel serial.  Part 1 is published, and part 2 will be in early December. I have a huge imagination, and I have a ton of story ideas to get to.  From adult-contemporary to horror, and even romance.  My mind is all over the place sometimes.

The praise about your writing you like the most is…?

I like the surprise aspect. Take my short story Amy for instance: I don’t particularly like to make people tear up from reading my stories, but I’ve gotten so many to get emotional after reading it, I feel like I can actually move people.  I win, and here’s some tissue. The praise doesn’t necessarily mean words.

What’s next…?

After my Linear Shift project, which I am hoping to wrap up in April (if not sooner) I have a few things I’ve been thinking about.  One in particular would be a stand alone literary story, about a father and son finding a common bond after half of their family is killed in a house fire.  I’ve been thinking a lot about it, and I feel it’s about time to make more people cry.

Don’t forget to buy Something to Read on the Ride to read Paul’s short andCopertina Sandro Beneficenza support a great cause: The Wallace and Gromit’s Grand Appeal, A Children’s Hospital Charity.

Something to Read on the Ride: Paul B. Kohler

Something to Read on the Ride: Frank Zubek

Frank Zubek portraitI am pleased to start the weekend by having a most gracious guest, author Frank Zubek, on my blog. Frank is one of the authors who collaborated to the anthology Something to Read on the Ride. Frank, who has been a great supporter of the collective since its inception, has donated not one, but two shorts.

In his own words:

Where do you live and what’s the day job?

Greater Cleveland and I work in retail. The rest of my time is taken up writing and a few hours of sleep.

What inspired this story?

Stella suggested for people to submit a story they had hanging around on their hard drive. I didn’t have any so I decided to think up a new story exclusive for the anthology, which is geared toward people who travel to and from work on buses or subways. I was also a bit worried that we wouldn’t have enough submissions to fill a book so I offered to think up two and she said okay. So my two stories take place on a bus.

How long have you been writing?

1999. I currently have several short stories and a few novellas for sale on amazon.

What are you working on next?

I seem to have run out of ideas for contemporary fiction so I’m switching to fantasy. I have a few adventures that are perfect for a novel.

Can people visit your web-page or blog?

Of course!  is the web page and the blog is  

Can people contact you?  

Copertina Sandro BeneficenzaIf you want to donate to a great cause, Wallace and Gromit’s Grand Appeal, A Children’s Hospital Charity, and read Frank’s two shorts, buy the anthology. It’s only $2.99!

Something to Read on the Ride: Frank Zubek