Bill Orton


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

Smashwords Interview

Why do you write such hard-to-read books?
Some people fly through my books. Some people have trouble with the first page. Some say they hate my writing. Some say they love it. I can't be too concerned about that. I know my sentences tend towards ponderous, and weaving multiple storylines together can be hard on a reader, but when the separate strings all come together, I find that culmination to be incredibly rewarding. (Was the previous 34-word sentence really that ponderous?)
Your "Hope for Change" series is now at three books. Did you intend to create a trilogy?
When I started "Hope for Change, But Settle for a Bailout," it was so that I could empty my mind of a story that was swamping me. Out poured anger about fat-cats and bail outs and about Lori Lewis being the fabric cloth of America. Larry winning big money allowed the storytelling to suspend the question of "how did that happen" as a lot of things can happen when you have money. So the freedom was then to focus on the characters. I left Lori on the tarmac, deploying to Afghanistan, and the second book, "Dreams of a Lottery Winner," started streaming out almost immediately. Three interwoven stories chronicle Lori's life in uniform, Larry's life in public, and December's life catching up with her. They all collide in a scene that came to me while writing the very start of the book. When I arrived finally at the USO show and rocket attack at Bagram, and had Lori and December stripping, in Air Force One, I knew book two was done. A week after posting the second book to Smashwords, as I rode the train to work, pretty much the first chapter of the third book floated in front of my eyes. Within two months, I had 25,000 words. All momentum on the third book halted, though, owing to heart surgery in September. As I lay in the hospital, and later at my brother's and then home, I came to see that all three storylines in this final book speak to the title that came to me in the hospital. Up until then, my file name for this novel was simply "Three." Shortly after I got home, the flow resumed and I aimed for a Christmas completion. I finished on New Year's Day, with Larry sipping tea on the National Mall, amidst the wreckage of yet another political career. I thought that third book was the end of the story, but Lori and December are still in my head, as is Brent, one of the Eagle Scouts, who wanted to join the Army. I think he and the two married women will share a bed for a month or so, before Brent goes to war. Setting such a thought in motion drives all sorts of reactions, so Lori and December might be in a fourth book. If so, I don't see Larry in it, just as there was no real role in the third book for Larry's father, Calvin, who served as the principal antagonist in the first two novels. In that way, the "series" nature may continue, with characters spinning off, into the vastness of the "Hope for Change" universe. I am also playing with a title for a possible fourth book, "The Untimely & Generally Welcomed Death of President Floyd Boseman," in which the bastard chokes on his own spit.
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Where to find Bill Orton online


Get Back on the Horse... 3 Tales of Love, Ghosts & Patriotism
Series: Hope for Change -- Stories of Soldier Girl & Sunday Girl, (2015). Price: Free! Words: 82,750. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Army sergeant Lori Lewis and stripper December Carrera find their marriage dragged into the culture wars of the 2016 presidential election. The hits take center stage when it's discovered December is pregnant. So Lori's best friend, Larry, rides to the rescue... on a chestnut mare, named Carrot Cake. FEATURES... Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Bill & Hillary, Nixon's Ghost, and Lucy the Dancing Unicor
Dreams of a Lottery Winner
Series: Hope for Change -- Stories of Soldier Girl & Sunday Girl, (2014). Price: Free! Words: 80,180. Language: American English. Published: March 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
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 -- Stories of Soldier Girl & Sunday Girl, (2012). Price: Free! Words: 101,670. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy, Fiction » Erotica » Lesbian Erotica
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. Categories: Essay » Literature, Nonfiction » Philosophy » New age philosophy
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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