Interview with Bill Orton

So December is a stripper?
Four books feature Lori and December, who fell in love in the first, were forced apart in the second, a married couple in the third, and the target of political hatred in the fourth. Through all of these, you gotta do something for work. In the first two, December dances, or poses online. In the marriage, she is the at-home wife. And the fourth novel happens in one hour in the White House, and her history is slammed, while reporters play with politics.
Lori swims? and is a soldier? and good looking?
Lori L Lewis is the majesty of American greatness. Yes, a female. Yes, an athlete. Yes, a soldier. You choose what you do. She always stood for what is great... not because she is... not because what she does is great... but simply because when one IS great and DOES what is great, then that soul is, indeed, one of greatness. So Lori personifies the courage and determination and lightheartedness of the greatness of this beautiful nation. How could she be anything but beautiful and magnificent?
What's this Nixon thing?
A ghost haunts a book. Only one character -- Larry -- can see Nixon's Ghost. Another -- Jeanine -- can see the one object that the ghost can manipulate -- a hat -- but otherwise only knows that Larry thinks he's haunted by a dead president. No one else can even see a hat dancing. So here is Nixon's Ghost, in limited presence, telling Larry how to become great. Let's see how THAT ONE goes.
When was America great?
Wasn't Nixon. Isn't anyone recently. No living former Presidents. "Great" is not for wearing a hat. We gotta look back 80 years to see actual "greatness" by a President. We've had three... One, who started our nation, Two, who saved our Union from rebellion, and a Third, who rescue America from economic collapse and saved the world from genocidal butchery. Now, we are just yelling at each other, so sometimes, YOUR person says they are great, and then THEIR person... Them, and yours. Welcome to the Bush/Obama Era.
'Post Gender,' huh?
The author is, in fact, a male. We born that way. Remains that way. Usually ACTS that way. Which means, he is (1) a total dork, (2) possibly wearing mismatched socks, and (3) too blind to catch on to a woman flirting. That's how most men are, so why would a novel present a male character as having some better status, just because he is a guy? Or, why would a femaile character be denied magnificent in a story, simply because she is female. Gender shouldn't matter, as to which character shows greatness. It certainly doesn't stop Lori L Lewis or Mary Traynor or December Cerrera or Jeanine Howard or Anekee van der Velden from hiding behind gender.
Are these books any good?
"Hope for Change" is my first novel, and, like baseball, you gotta learn yer fundamentals. "Hope for Change" is a farm club novel... single A... strike-outs... happy just to make nine innings. "Invisible Way" hit quick. Good hits. Still farm club, but Double AA, at least. When "Get Back on the Horse" got E-Booked in 2015, it focused on Joe Biden. Now, "Nixon's Ghost" is telling the story of a nation haunted by the lack of greatness. This edited 15,000-word rewrite lifts it from Double or Triple A, to suggest that the final version could even go Major League. The fourth book -- "Love and Hate in America" -- will get back into action once Nixon's Ghost is pitching. So, weak swings but fun occasional hits on "Hope for Change." Solid Double AA for the "Invisible War." "Nixon" could take Major Leagues. We'll see where "Love and Hate" heads.
So they're free, huh?
I am writing so as to write. I've sent hundreds of queries, but I cannot STOP WRITING just because I also want an editor or agent or publisher. Yes, I want them (and certainly contact me if you wish to represent me), but the point is to write. And if I write, I want people to read it. My stuff is odd, and absurd, and thickly woven. Some people will just flat-out hate this. That's okay, they don't have to like it. But I don't know how many books I can write or who will carry them. But giving them away to thousands of readers is a good start.
Does the author actually matter at all?
No. Three decades as a press secretary and public relations hack... doesn't matter. Divorced guy... not dating... total dork... Naw. So if one can pull themself away from the meaning of writing -- yet still KNOW what it all means -- then the book is better, because it isn't about ME... it hopefully is something that YOU will say, "... oh, that's interesting." Hopefully, you'll even say, "Wow, that was great." If enough people think my writing is great, then, yes, amazingly I would actually have "meaning."
Will you win the Oscar, Nobel and Pulitizer?
Well, can't be sure about that. Don't wanna write off those possibilities. Maybe I'm another Bob Dylan? Ehh? Ehh? Gimme the frickin mission. Or... well... just read the book... start with Nixon.
Never make Elvis wait...
If you read it last, then you didn't know it first. Time is inexorable. If ya don't use it, ya lose it. If Elvis hasn't left the building, ya better fricken hurry. Elvis always has shit to do.
Published 2017-08-15.
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Books by This Author

Love and Hate in America -- Lambchop Battles the Sexist Pigs
Series: 'Post Gender' fiction, (2016). Price: Free! Words: 19,610. Language: English. Published: October 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
What's the White House like when hate wins? Ask two married women who march across what now is called the "White Again House." Meet President Dick Bomber, known as Big Dick #1, who feeds skinheads, fat cats, and Putinites at the trough. Ask female staff in red-white-&-blue cocktail dresses about butchery, gluttony and deception. Even an Angel knows that America faces a Winter of Discontent.
The Angel Groucho Horse Whips Nixon's Ghost
Series: 'Post Gender' fiction, (2015). Price: Free! Words: 24,260. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Married women can't see the dead crook, but Groucho and the Jewish Angel Brothers fly Nixon's Ghost to California, to teach a newly-elected dork how to be great. The order? "Ride a horse and save America." If 37 resigns from Limbo, then we don’t not have Nixon to not kick around anymore. Maybe absurd politics can make America laugh again? Or maybe "America’s long national nightmare" is back. FREE!
Fighting America's Invisible Wars -- Battles waged against a Soldier, a Stripper & a Dork
Series: 'Post Gender' fiction, (2014). Price: Free! Words: 80,190. Language: American English. Published: March 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
Does it matter that Staff Sergeant Lewis is a woman? Should she not be able to marry a stripper named December? Does a sexual predator get to stay in Congress when he attempts to rape a female soldier? Love should be blind. Gender shouldn't matter. Heroism is a gift within the soul, not the shape of the skin. The lovers kiss at Bagram Airbase, just before bombs fall near Air Force One. FREE!
Hope For Change... But Settle for a Bailout
Series: 'Post Gender' fiction, (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.