Bill Orton


Bill Orton is a writer and political aide, living in southern California.

Smashwords Interview

Your "Hope for Change" series is now finished after three books. Were you intending to create a trilogy?
When I started "Hope for Change, But Settle for a Bailout," it was meant as a single novel, speaking to the anger Americans felt about fat-cats being bailed out while ordinary people took the Great Recession in the pants. The first book ended with Lori Lewis on the tarmac, deploying to Afghanistan. I started the second book, "Dreams of a Lottery Winner," almost immediately, to chronicle Lori's time as a soldier. I felt incredibly satisfied with the second book, and a week after posting it to Smashwords, the first chapter of the third book came to me while I was on the train commuting to work. Within two months, I had 25,000 words. Now that I have finished the third book, it feels like the end of the story, but I do miss the characters. I don't see there being a fourth book or -- heaven forbid -- a prequel.
What's the story behind your current book?
"Get Back on the Horse -- Tales of Love, Ghosts and Presidents," (2015) tells the story of swimmer-and-soldier Lori Lewis, and her webcam-stripper wife, December Carrera, who are dragged into the culture wars of the presidential election. Their friend, Larry, is enraged at the attacks on his friends, and so he absurdly gets on a horse to ride to the rescue... slowly... on a chestnut mare, named Carrot Cake. The story veers into the fantastical, when Lori and December attend the first-ever White House Lame Duck Masquerade Ball, a party like none ever seen at the White House, and one that is emceed by the ghost of Richard Nixon, in his snappy tuxedo. The story features Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Bill and Hillary (in their pantomime horse outfit), the ghost of Marilyn Monroe, three Eagle Scouts booted from the BSA because each is gay, and a Rolling Stone reporter named Marvin Whiskey. It was incredibly fun to write, though I was still not able to kill off Floyd Boseman, who is utterly dispicable, and I envisioned so many ways of doing him in, but the bastard survived.
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Get Back on the Horse... Tales of Love, Ghosts & Presidents
Series: Hope for Change, (2015). Price: Free! Words: 82,560. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2014. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
TEA Party Democrat Floyd Boseman is using Lori Lewis as a punching bag in his race for President. The hits on Lori take center stage when her webcam-stripper wife, December Carrera, discovers she's pregnant. So Lori's best friend, Larry, rides to the rescue... on a chestnut mare, named Carrot Cake. FEATURING... Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Bill & Hillary, Richard Nixon and Lucy the Dancing Unicorn.
Dreams of a Lottery Winner
Series: Hope for Change, (2014). Price: Free! Words: 80,180. Language: American English. Published: March 25, 2014. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Set against the anger and greed of the Bush/Obama era, the characters of this novel must overcome fear's paralyzing grip. Olympic champion Lori Lewis rejoins the army, but must fight an invisible war, after a sexual assault. Her lover must overcome fear, to defeat a violent stalker ex-boyfriend. Back home, Lori's best friend, Larry, faces his own fear of people to become an unlikely politician.
HOPE FOR CHANGE... But Settle for a Bailout
Series: Hope for Change, (2012). Price: Free! Words: 101,670. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2012. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
Are times so hard in America that everyone just wants a bailout? Larry wins the lottery, posing the question: Does it change you? This absurd novel speaks to the gap between rich and poor, the collapse of the financial system, and is wrapped in a lesbian love story, a tale of the London Olympics, and how one retains honor and dignity in hard times.
Lilac's Book: Random Advice & Hippy Values, for Ages 12 to Adult
Price: Free! Words: 10,710. Language: English. Published: February 29, 2012. Category: Essay » Literature
Written by a father as a gift for his daughter, topics are in random order and range from "Hope" and "Tomatoes" to "Drugs," "Sex," "Relationships," and "Religion." Includes extensive reader comments and links to the author and website for the online version of the book.

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