Billy Roper, Jr

Biography

Billy Roper is a former high school and junior high History, Civics, Economics, and Geography teacher. He has been a candidate for public office, an internet radio and tv talk show host, and a lifelong political activist, leader, and spokesman, with a Bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science and a Master of Liberal Arts degree in History with a specialty in Anthropology. He currently resides with his wife, stepson, and other animals in what will become New America.

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Smashwords Interview

After several dystopian, apocalyptic, and science fiction books, you're back to a nonfiction format in your newest book, 'The Big Picture'. Can you tell us, why the change?
Well, as you know, I was originally a nonfiction writer, but once I began trying to get my ideas across through fiction, I kind of developed a knack for it. However, people do take nonfiction books more seriously, especially for some of the more profound and far-reaching philosophical subjects I wanted to cover. Also, I kept being asked to write something deeper, something of a treatise on epistemology. Finally, I caved in to peer pressure. Seriously, I was also deeply affected by the recent deaths of my father and grandmother, earlier this year, just a couple of weeks apart. It's the kind of life-changing tragedy cycle which begs a reevaluation of perspective.
My condolences for your losses. That must have been hard. Was it the most difficult thing to approach, in the book?
Not really, I think the most difficult thing in writing 'The Big Picture' was being comprehensive without becoming repetitious. Whenever you're dealing with abstract to concrete concepts, I think that's inevitable. Because, I not only dragged Nietzsche, Hegel, and Aristotle through the mud, I drag myself around a bit in it, too, hopefully stopping short of any of us wallowing. To try to lay my heart bare, and open my mind completely, as my goal was complete honesty and objectivity, required holding nothing back. It was like writing a love letter to God, listing everything you cherish about the universe and life, without saying the same thing twice. As a former educator, that's even more challenging, because the way that you teach something is to repeat yourself, over and over. One can't write that way, though, and keep a captive audience.
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Series

Hasten the Day
The 'Hasten the Day' trilogy consists of 'Hasten the Day', the sequel 'Waiting For the Sun', and the forthcoming 'Wasting the Dawn' anticipated publication date January 2015. This speculative fiction trilogy foretells the balkanization and breakup of the United States after economic collapse and uncontrolled immigration leads to racial unrest and ethnic cleansing. Available in print paperback format through Amazon.com and Barnes&Noble.com booksellers, as well as other online vendors.

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Books

Commonwealth
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 113,190. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Alternative history, Fiction » Historical » Colonial America
Imagine an America where slavery never happened. Where we are free of that indelible besmirchment on our national character. Oh, and we’re still British. Welcome to the Commonwealth.
The Balk
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 28,160. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Politics & Current Affairs » Current affairs, Nonfiction » Politics & Current Affairs » Civil & human rights
Demographics and recent history indicate that American society is polarizing. Are we headed towards civil war?
The Ice Path
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 40,290. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Politics & Current Affairs » Activism, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
From the Solutreans, the White Europeans who discovered North America 17,000 years ago, many millenia before the Asiatic Mongoloid ancestors of the 'Native Americans', to the Viking explorers, English colonists, and American pioneers, the past, present and future of our people are explored within the framework of a destiny surpassing all others.
Look Away
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 53,760. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
An alternate history of the American Civil War. What if World War I came fifty years early, and the South had won?
Wasting The Dawn: Hasten The Day III
You set the price! Words: 69,600. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure
The third and conclusive installment in the highly acclaimed 'Hasten The Day' trilogy, 'Wasting The Dawn' continues the dystopian speculative fiction saga began in the award-winning 'Hasten The Day' and its' sequel, the popular 'Waiting For The Sun', both also by Billy Roper. After economic collapse and civil war lead to the breakup of the United States, global chaos ensues.
Waiting For The Sun: Hasten The Day II
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 99,580. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
The sequel to the highly acclaimed and award winning dystopian speculative fiction novel 'Hasten The Day' by the same author. Five years after the collapse and breakup of the United States of America, new nations arise and compete amid the ruins of a superpower. 'World War Z' meets 'Mad Max'!
Glome's Saga: Vikings In America
You set the price! Words: 31,230. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient, Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure
Follow Glome's life struggle in his own words as he travels from early 11th century Norway to England, Ireland, Iceland, Greenland, and North America. This rollicking Viking adventure about the Norse exploration and attempted colonization of the new land is filled with action, intrigue, and drama, as well as the dark humor typical of the age.
Hasten the Day
Series: Hasten the Day. You set the price! Words: 93,820. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
It’s this time, next year. Hyperinflation, the collapse of the dollar, and economic depression have America on the ropes, when uncontrolled illegal immigration delivers a sucker punch to the glass jaw of multiracial democracy. Race riots and secessions lead to ethnic cleansing and Balkanization. ‘Hasten The Day’ chronicles the first year after the breakup of the United States.

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