This is a wonderful story, written for all of us who like to believe and dream!!! I would recommend this to anyone and everyone!!! Thanks to Miles Cobbett for sharing this Alaskan Tale and leaving me with feelings of joy and hope!!! My daughters will be reading this one too, very soon. Great Book, From a Great Writer!!! TY!!!
                                                                                       -Vonda Norwood

Hi. I'm Katie. Vonda Norwood's daughter. I just read your book and I wanted to say that it was a special story. I liked reading about all the things he could do. I can't wait for my sister Emily to read it so she can know what I am talking about! Thank you.
Hi. I'm Emily. Vonda Norwood's youngest daughter.And I liked your book a lot. I read it all today and my favorite part is when he wins the fight! That's the best part to me. Thank you. From Emily. I'm 13. Good night.

Mr. Cobbett has written a heart-warming story about friendship and one person's dreams in "Champion: A Story of the Happy Life of Roman 'Left-handed' Losinski." In an easy to read writing style, the story grabs you from the very beginning and doesn't let up until the end. Permit me to tell you what I learned from reading this book. "Life is forever changing, which means no one situation will last forever and anything is possible. If you have a dream, then no matter how big or unrealistic it is, don't let anyone persuade you to do something that is not in your heart. The difference between dreams and accomplishments is purely desire." It's a treat to read a good, clean book; well done, Mr. Cobbett. Well Done!
                                                                                               -Alfred M. Albers
Author of: "Of Ghosts and Magic" and its sequel "House of Tarot Cards"
From start to finish, this short book keeps you rooting for Roman and his team, climbing those hills (and mountains) with them, feeling every punch in the ring and every triumph. Cobbett's attention to detail puts the reader right in the middle of every scene, even with something as small as a description of a meal. The ending is surprising and yet exactly as it should be. Bravo, Roman. Bravo, Miles Cobbett!
                                                                                                   - Melodie K. Starkey
There is no age limit to who should read this book. Read it. Share it. Pass it along. You won't be sorry and those you share it with will love you for it. Thank you, Miles, for sharing your talent with the world. I LOVE this book!
                                                                                                                 - Nanette

Why This Book

About the author

In 2008 Miles Cobbett released the book Champion, his first published novel. He had been writing novels and short stories for over 35 years. Along the way he worked part-time as a freelance sports journalist, and full-time in a long series of jobs that offered him a way to travel and make enough money to buy paper, pens and have food in his belly, and sometimes even a roof over his head. His travels across America began shortly after the passing of his Father when Miles was 18 -and still in college. He dropped out of University soon after that to begin his "Walk-About" in-search of himself and his place in the world; and it was with his journal entries that he found solace and a way to understand the loss of his best friend, his Father. Miles traveled the country and worked most any job he could find. From laborer to restaurant worker to truck driver to Alaska fish cannery worker to tug boat helmsman; Miles did them all and more...along the way he collected the stories of people and their lives and tried his best to figure out what made them all tick. Once in Alaska he set his sights on completing the college degree that he had started so many years before. Miles found that the summer-time fishing jobs in Alaska and working on ocean going tug boats could provide the funds he needed to help him graduate college. In 1994 he graduated with dual degrees in Psychology and Sociology. He went on to teach school in 3rd, 4th and the 7th and 8th grades. It was after Miles returned to California to visit his aging Mother and only in consideration of her urging accepted a emergency teaching position for Los Angeles City Unified School District. It was there, teaching 4th grade students in South-Central Los Angeles, that Miles found his stride and realized that Hooking Kids on Books was the greatest passion of his life; and his main reason for living. This story Champion is one of a series of books that Miles has designed to hook kids of all ages on reading -and especially those tough-to-reach kids from the 4th grade and up. The book Champion can be found in public libraries across Alaska in classrooms, and in almost every single school library of the 18 public schools in the Fairbanks area. It is being read and used in classrooms from the 4th grade on up to high school, and has even been used to hook students on reading that are attending literature classes at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Find a comfortable chair and grab a copy of the book Champion and have an enjoyable afternoon or evening reading one of the most exciting books on the market.

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Author Interviews: The Art of Fiction

Interview with Indie Author Brian Young author of The Human Farm

Recently I was discussing life and books with author Miles Cobbett, and this is some of what he had to share with me.

Tell us about your book!

Miles. Champion is a book designed to hook readers of all ages from the very first words in the book: “Hey… what about my money?” Something big happens involving the central characters money in the opening chapter and the readers are pulled into the book to find out exactly what happens. They follow him on the exciting journey of a lifetime as he gets involved in the World of Big Time Sports and meets all the people, goes to all the places, and does all the work and training that eventually offer him an opportunity at the coveted Championship Level of Pro Sports.

What was it that inspired you to write?

Miles. I got hooked on writing back when I was in junior high school and my 7th grade Literature Teacher, a tough young woman with a Beatle Bowl haircut and a horrible acne pot-marked face began reading my stories to our class. She never said who wrote them, but I was secretly very proud, and my friends finally began to figure it out anyway. She was one of the people who had gotten me hooked me on books and was the first teacher that I remember who always made sure that we got the Scholastic Book Club Newsletter and book order Catalog. I ordered any book that she suggested and that my meager allowance could afford. I do not know how she survived teaching in that tough neighborhood near La Puente Ca. We were a really hard group to teach and I am sure teaching us was a huge challenge. We were all poor kids and I was usually kicked off the bus for one infraction or another, but it didn’t matter and anyway my friend Brian Dunn and I would run the five-mile distance over the furrows in farmers’ fields and across the creeks that separated the towns of Rowland Heights, La Puente and West Covina. Most days we ran fast enough to even have time to stop at our neighborhood 7 Eleven store and buy a candy bar or M& M’s at a nickel a bag to tease the kids still on the bus at the second bus stop. We would run like crazy to beat the bus and arrive at that stop and pretend to have been there for ages, as we ate our goodies and teased our friends who were riding the bus to the next stop and hanging out of the windows …asking us for a peanut M&M, or a bite of our candy bar. Brian Dunn would point at the writing on the side of the bus and pretend to read it, “Do not feed the animals.” My parents had bought a brand new 4 bedroom track house for just $16,995 and the deal was they only had to put 99 dollars down and pay 99 bucks a month for the mortgage. We lived alongside young families of every ethnic background in our housing development of 1500 new homes, on what just a couple of years before, had been just rolling hills and cow pastures. -That was before the big push for family housing in Southern Ca in the late 1950’s and 60’s. So I suppose I would have to give credit for my first inspiration to write to my 23 year-old Literature Teacher in that 7th grade class, and to my Mother who continually encouraged me to write and always had a copy of Reader’s Digest Magazine on our coffee table, as well as making sure that I had a new book under the Christmas tree or wrapped-up as a gift for my birthday.

What does the future hold for you and your work?

Miles. I hope the future holds the release of enough of my works to fill the library shelves with a row of books (all with my name on them), longer than the length of my arm. That is the gift I want to leave for all young readers in the future.

What drives you, what are you most passionate about?

Miles. What drives me and makes me so passionate is my appreciation of the power and skills of Authors that I have read and admired. When I read a passage or even a single sentence from one of my favorite Authors and I find myself banging my fist on the table and asking myself, “How can this Author pick the words and write the sentences that affect me so powerfully and make me laugh, or cry, or feel so deeply?”

Tell us a little something about who you are?

Miles. I am a simple man who loves to teach and loves to read and loves to write.

At what age did you figure out you wanted to become a writer?

Miles. My dad died when I was 18. I used my journals to vent the frustration of the sudden loss of my best friend. I think I was about 22 or 23 when I declared myself a writer on a Monday. There was no steak dinner waiting for me on that Friday from the efforts of my hard work and instead I had to roll-up my sleeves and do whatever job came along to pay the bills to keep a roof over my head, and food in my belly. Rolling the Time Machine forward almost 40 years I now find that my bank account is getting regular deposits of money from around the world… even when my head is on the pillow and I am fast asleep.

What is the greatest lesson you have learned (so far)?

Miles. To write and keep writing.

Describe yourself in 5 words:



Any advice for aspiring writers?

Miles. Read a lot. Read all the Classics, everything you can get your hands on, and find the “little known” short stuff that many Authors have left us. Read everything by your favorite Authors. Hemingway is one of mine and he has a wealth of short pieces, some as short as one column inch in a newspaper, or simple one paragraph shorts that are sometimes wedged between his better known / usual short stories in his books of short stories. Oh, and read his Play, The Fifth Column.

Any last words?

Miles. Have fun with writing. It is supposed to be fun and although it is hard, sometimes very hard, it is still supposed to be fun. -Miles Cobbett

Where can we find everything YOU on the net? Links to books, websites, Facebook, Twitter and any other you might have.

Miles. A simple Google search of my name: “Miles Cobbett” will bring up all the results from around the world in a fraction of a second. -Note please be sure to spell my name with two “B’s” “Cobbett” …there are NO “R’s” in my name Miles Cobbett

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Interview with Dr. Martin Fletcher, Psychologist / Boxing Enthusiast

Discovering a great book is a beautiful thing. But finding really good books takes some work. If you read the reviews on, you will see that I’m not the only one crazy about the book “Champion”. If we want to turn kids on to reading, then we need to make good literature available to them. Sometimes we don’t know what our kids like. Younger children may simply enjoy the “lap time”. Kids love spending one on one time with parents. I can read a crummy book to my kids and they would still call it a good time. That is more about them wanting to spend time with me. Our time together is the payoff, not the book.

I lucked out in finding Miles Cobbett’s work. I can give you a guarantee on “Champion”. I know it is great because it passes my “this is awesome” test. That test measures books, movies, music, and other creative products. The challenge is this: would I listen, read, or view this if I were home alone? If the answer is yes, then the work is special. Consider Pixar or Warner Bros. cartoons, Charlotte’s Web, the music of Dan Zanes, etc. Plenty of adults would read, view, and listen to those even without the children. That puts the work into a different league. The great ones work on multiple levels.
I can’t say that this is kid literature just as I can’t say that Harry Potter is for kids only. Cobbett’s intent was to “hook kids, especially reluctant readers, into reading more.” My intent is to tell you about a great book that you and your children will really get into. I was lucky enough to get an interview with Miles Cobbett, so let’s get to it.

DrMarty: You mention that you were inspired by ideas taken from David Mamet’s book True and False. Can you say more about that?

Cobbett.: If you read Mamet’s great book I believe you will notice how he freely offers many suggestions for Actors. I simply replaced the word “Actor” and inserted the word “Writer” and then followed many of his recommendations.

DrMarty: You do a great job of “completing the picture”. You are able to go from the inner world of Roman to the setting. For example, p. 14 you have a vivid description of the walk on the shore of the Salton Sea. That was very real. Can you talk about that a bit? It was almost as if you were describing a photograph.

Cobbett.: I try to use the tools of my trade to the best of my ability. My tools consist of simply the 26 letters of the alphabet, a pen and paper. I use them to “Draw” for the reader a picture of what I see and remember in my mind, much I suppose like the French Impressionist painters did to “Paint” pictures for viewers of the settings the painters saw and remembered.

DrMarty: How conscious are you of using technique? For example, Roman’s throbbing injured hand. Every boxer has physical pain. It comes with the job. It also serves as a metaphor for the pain and obstacles we have to overcome to accomplish hard things and the price we pay. Was that conscious?

Cobbett.: My system or technique for writing is that once I have the idea for my main character, especially their name -and can see them clearly in my mind- I simply trot along behind them and see everything in my mind’s-eye as I take note of each of the people/characters they would meet, and describe the events that happen to them. I suppose that for me writing is much like showing others a movie that has played my mind. As to your question of metaphors, and to my being conscious of them, is anyone conscious when they get immersed in watching a movie? Or are movie watcher’s conscious of anything else when they are so “into the journey of the characters and the story” that they forget where they are and what they are doing?

DrMarty: You use fiction to deliver real information. There are a lot of facts, such as historical facts and facts about the geography in the book.

Cobbett.: I have my memory as my main tool for drawing information from. When you get right down to it, that’s all an author has. and without a memory they are in-effect mentally bankrupt as an author.

DrMarty: I like that you take on the issue of loss and grieving losses. Roman feels the pain of loss, but uses it to make meaning and find purpose.

Cobbett.: Thank you.

DrMarty: Writing dialog is hard for new writers. The dialog in Champion flows like real conversation.

Cobbett: I heard the comedian Steve Martin say something to the effect that, he has been practicing on a banjo for nearly 40 years and how anyone who practices something for a long, long time can expect to get better at it. I turned 56 this year, but I declared to myself at age 23, that I was a writer. When I was 26 or so, I met a very well-read 68 year-old man (he had just retired from his service of 23 years in the merchant marines), in Biloxi Mississippi who read some of my work, and then said to me that, ‘no writer of any merit had any juice to share til they turned 50.’ He suggested that I keep honing my skills as a writer, and work at what ever I could find employment at, and to release my stuff after I turned 50. Perhaps the ease you find at reading the dialog in Champion comes from years of practicing my craft, and the real-life experiences of working in all kinds of trades.

DrMarty: When Serby and Roman are hill climbing, Serby says, “I’ve always thought going downhill was tougher than going up.” That line stuck with me. The story uses metaphor the mountain as people and the mountain as trials. I get the idea that you have spent some time outdoors.

Cobbett.: Growing-up I was outdoors all the time. My family and I lived in Southern California and so every weekend we were either at the beach, desert or up in the mountains. After my father died when I was a freshman in college, I dropped out of school and traveled across the country looking for ways to earn money. In 1980 I was working and living in Hawaii, I got the chance to talk to a couple of tourists from Alaska, who told me about how Alaska offered young people lots of work opportunities… I made the journey to Alaska in 1982 in search of character and story ideas, and to find enough work to keep a roof over my head and food in my belly while I honed my craft as a writer.

DrMarty: You really get into the psychology behind the behavior of the characters. You tell us how the characters think in order to accomplish something. We often think of fiction as simply entertainment. Can you say something about that?

Cobbett: Yes. I believe that when a reader reads a work of fiction -particularly one that really grabs them- the experience of reading it, and of taking that magical journey, becomes a part of them, and changes them forever. My background happens to include a couple of college degrees in psychology and sociology. As a middle and elementary school teacher I used every tool I had to “sell” the students on the idea that reading, writing, and math were good for them. As an author I use everything I can to help the readers of my stories take a fun and magical life-changing journey as well.

DrMarty: The fight scenes were very realistic. I think people are used to the “Rocky” fight scenes, which are impossible. Are you a fight fan? Did you study a lot of film while you were writing?

Cobbett: I was born in Pomona Ca and grew-up in Azusa and Redlands. I am related to a professional boxing trainer, and my older brothers and I grew up watching all the big fights and sometime even participating in a few fights of our own. As far as studying film, I don’t remember watching any films of fights “while” I was writing Champion, but I still remember watching every world championship fight as a kid growing up, as well as the championship fights I have watched as an adult.

DrMarty: I’ll be honest with you. I couldn’t put the book down. How do we promote good literature for young people?

Cobbett: Happy to hear that you couldn’t put the book down. I hear similar responses from every reader who gets a chance to read the book Champion… To promote good literature maybe the challenge is that we just need to get good literature into the hands of our young people.

DrMarty: I do a lot of reading on the Internet. I notice that I just feel different when I read on-line. For one thing, it isn’t as much work. Also, reading literature is a deep, almost contemplative state of mind. Can you say something about that?

Cobbett: I agree with you about reading on the Internet is not quite the same. Since E-book viewers can change the font size— it changes the appearance of each and every page, and rearranges what the last word is on every page. I have resisted any attempts to E-publish Champion mainly due to the fact that as the author of a physical book, I was in-charge of, and responsible for, what every page would look like. I was the one to choose each and every last word to leave the reader hanging-on, so to speak, as they hurriedly turned the page to see, “what would happen next?”

DrMarty: Finally, I have to ask this. Was the broken hand inspired by the Arturro Gatti v. Micky Ward fight, where Gatti overcame a broken hand to win the fight? Everybody respected Gatti after that fight. I think that represented something that people really identified with.

Cobbett: Darn, sorry to say the Gatti-Ward fight is one that I somehow missed watching, or hearing, or even reading about. Now, had you had asked me if Roman’s injured hand was inspired partly by an injured hand on the old man in Ernest Hemingway’s book, Old Man and the Sea, I would have answered you differently.