Colin Newton, an ON TIME Author Interview

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What inspired your story?

This story was inspired by a dream involving a diner, a hand-held device, and an impending sense of doom. That was about all I could remember upon waking, so I filled it out and the result was this story.

Can you tell us a little bit about your protagonist?

If the story is anything like “Lord of the Flies,” then the protagonist is split between three people, with Cauldron as Ralph, Rey as Piggy, and Elizabeth as Simon. If it’s not like “Lord of the Flies,” then the protagonist is time.

What is the most interesting thing about the world you’ve created?

For me, it’s the fact that one character is named Cauldron. I imagine he had a tough time of it in school.

What genre or mix of genres does your story fit into?

Sorta soft sci fi with a touch of dream-like literacy, or just whatever genre Phillip K. Dick wrote.

How have your personal experiences influenced this story?

I have always found time to be a fascinating subject, the metaphysics as much as the physics of it. Whether or not we are fascinated by it, I think it’s something we all have to reckon with and ultimately have little control over.

What would you like readers to take away from your story?

The notion that we probably can’t know everything at once, and that’s Okay—because it has to be.

What was your favorite part of the story to write and why?

The opening lines, followed by the closing paragraph, in both cases for the subtle repetition I utilized—although the closing is obviously more subtle.





When did you write your first story, how old were you, and what was it about?

In elementary school, I wrote a Raymond Chandler-esque hard-boiled detective knock off and sent it to a Los Angeles Public Library short story contest. I don’t remember how that ended up.

What is your writing survival checklist?

I always have a soundtrack, but it changes depending on the story, but that’s about it. Isolation and coffee don’t hurt though.

What has influenced you most as a writer?

Reading old masters to see how they did it. Reading emerging writers to see how they’re doing it. Reading for ideas, atmosphere, concepts. Reading for the sake of reading.

What font do you prefer to write in?

Times New Roman. What can I say? I’m a classicist.

Do you have any writing blogs/vlogs/podcasts, etc. that you would recommend?

I don’t. I should probably change that.

What is your favorite and least favorite word, and why?

I love words that mean “to relieve thirst,” like quench and slake. I wish “squelch” were such a word as well. I’m should probably say something like “I don’t like the word ‘failure,’ because there are no failures” but, webber. Also, “tummy.” That’s usually a stupid word.




Colin Newton is a writer from Los Angeles. His fiction has appeared in The Ignatian Literary Magazine and the horror anthology Crypt Gnats. His writing has also appeared in local blogs and newspapers, and in 2018 he was a writer-in-residence at Oregon State University’s Shotpouch Cabin. He blogs about media, monsters and metaphysics at


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