Bill Orton


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

Smashwords Interview

What is your writing process?
My first novel, I wrote on a manual typewriter. I found it to be liberating that I could not endlessly edit the previous writing. I had to keep marching forward, sometimes struggling to type a single page. Once I had finished the initial draft of 404 pages, then I essentially had to read it word-for-word after scanning the pages and running them through an OCR scanner. For my second novel, I have worked on my desktop computer, but I could not have finished that first novel any other way.
What do you read for pleasure?
I tend to be a non-fiction reader, and while my novel is clearly fictional, some readers will perhaps find it a bit too "newsy," as I worked in prominent political figures and current affairs in a way that is meant to place the book in a recognizable setting, while still being so utterly absurd that it couldn't truly be real. (Or could it?)
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Dreams of a Lottery Winner
By Bill Orton
Series: Hope for Change, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 80,180. Language: American English. Published: March 25, 2014. Category: Fiction
Dreams of a Lottery Winner weaves together stories of three ordinary people who conquer fear and seemingly insurmountable obstacles to find what they really want from life. Features soldier philosophers, scurrilous digital pirates, skateboarders, a man who is not James Bond, a lesbian wedding, evil politicians and an ordinary schmoe who wins it all in the lottery.
HOPE FOR CHANGE... But Settle for a Bailout
By Bill Orton
Series: Hope for Change, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 101,670. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2012. Category: Fiction
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
By Bill Orton
Price: Free! Words: 10,710. Language: English. Published: February 29, 2012. Category: Essay
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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