About The Author
The author lives in front range Colorado where she and her husband have three boys, a golden retriever, a Siberian cat, and an extremely long-lived Triops.
Future plans include completing the third book in this trilogy, followed by an extended vacation on a remote tropical island (with a Starbucks & a piano).
When Ms. Orton is not writing novels, playing tennis, updating her blogs, Irish dancing, playing the piano, or helping with algebra, she’s building a time machine so that someone can go back and do the laundry.
1. When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer/storyteller?
I grew up without a TV, and although I’m old enough to remember the dinosaurs, 😉 I have never owned a television. Books have always been my preferred escape, and when my middle school friends teased me about the shows I was missing, I would tell them about the worlds they were missing in books. (Although I have to admit, I was always jealous they got to watch Gilligan’s Island!)
2. What inspires you to write?
I have a craving to be swept away into a time and space that is awash with powerful emotions. I know what an intoxicating feeling it is to fall in love, to see the world in a new way, to rail against an indifferent universe and occasionally come out on top, and I want to capture and hold those intense emotions in my books. When I write, I fall into my fictional world, getting angry when something I’ve worked hard for is destroyed, or feeling despair when my world is torn apart—and then finding hope in a stranger’s unselfish act of kindness, or basking in the sweet torture of a dying lover’s last caress. Writing is my drug of choice (along with caffeine 🙂 and even if I was the last person on Earth, I would write.
3. What are a couple of your all-time favorite books and how have they influenced you as a writer?
When I was 6, Black Beauty. My grandmother read it to me, and I have loved books, horses and strong, gentle men ever since.
In 4th grade, my schoolteacher read A Wrinkle In Time to the class, and I fell hard for Charles Wallace and science fiction.
In middle school, I carried Richard Bach’s Illusions around in my head and heart: “The world is your exercise book, the pages on which you do your sums. It is not reality, though you may express reality there if you wish. You are also free to write lies, or nonsense, or to tear the pages.“
In college, Time Enough for Love and Childhood’s End spoke to me (along with The Hite Report, lol).
Today, if someone asks what my favorite book is, I offer them a beer and then start telling them about the good book I just finished: It’s a zombie story, and I NEVER read zombie books, but this one is so well done! The science in it is cool, and the women are kick-ass. It starts with this little girl…
4. How did you come up with the idea for your book, “Crossing In Time?”
I met my husband when we were 28, and one of the first trips that we took as a couple was to attend the wedding of his best friend from college. At the reception, we ran into my husband’s girlfriend from college, and the two of us hit it off right away (the worried look on my husband’s face when we started comparing notes was priceless.) That got me wondering what it would be like to go back in time, knowing what I know now, to meet his younger self. Would I have found him as irresistible? Would he have fallen for me? Just how important IS timing? I didn’t have answers to those questions, but there was one thing I knew for sure: it would be a lot of fun to go back and find out.)
5. Did any of your characters inherit some of your own quirks?
Probably, but I tend to steal more from other peoples’ (and dolphins’!) lives. For instance, there was this guy I dated whose prized possession was a mint-condition VW bug (which he always double clutched). When he was driving, he would hold my left hand on top of his right hand, our fingers interlaced and his palm resting on the gear shift. He would not let go of my hand even when he shifted (which was a lot!) I loved the way he pulled my hand around on top of his. One of my characters inherited that quirky show of affection.
6. What would be the Dream Cast for your book if it was to be turned into a movie?
You mean a movie with, like, actors? Um, can I buy you a beer and tell you about that great book I just finished? (I do know one guy I would LOVE to have in the movie: Brilliant, eclectic, engineer/inventor Elon Musk to be played by brilliant, eclectic engineer/inventor Elon Musk 😉 And if Neil deGrasse Tyson wants to do a cameo, I’ll definitely write him in as an evil ex-ballet dancer or something.)
7. What is your favorite scene in the book? Why?
Tough question! The opening scene is very compelling (but harsh!), and I love the gritty, honest, desperateness of it. But I think my favorite scene is the last: The universe is a vast, dark, inhospitable place, but little bits of light still manage to shine through and make it beautiful.
8. What do you think sets your sci-fi book apart from others currently on the shelves?
The sex, lol. I’m just kidding, but it may not be that far from the truth. Most Sci-fi books don’t have steamy scenes in them (they’re hard to write!) or character-driven plots or gut-wrenching love stories. My book crosses genres with wild abandon (action-adventure, dystopian sci-fi, with a bit of steamy sex all mixed up in a time-traveling love story). I’m hoping that’s a good thing.
9. What do you hope for your readers to carry away with them after reading your book?
I want them to be satisfied, exhausted, inspired, and blown away (and maybe a bit sore in spots). But no falling asleep on me!
10. Tell us three fun facts about yourself.
I’ll give you four, but one of them is false! (If you read the book, you’ll can probably guess which one. 😉
1) I worked on a National Science Foundation project to study language acquisition in bottlenose dolphins. They are wicked smart, love to play practical jokes, and are physically attracted to humans of the (mostly) opposite sex.
2) I can speak and write in four languages, but Klingon is not one of them.
3) I nearly drowned in a river rafting accident when I was a teen and have broken my leg three times: once rock-climbing, once horseback riding, and once skiing on a glacier.
4) I am the principal inventor on 19 US patents and testified at a International Trade Comission trial between Apple and HTC.
11. What is the best piece of advice you have received, as a writer, to date?
From Stephen King: “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There’s no way around these two things, no shortcut.”
And the next best advice: “Don’t shoot the dog.” Unfortunately, I received that advice too late.
12. What do you currently have your readers looking forward to?
The next book in the series is almost finished and will be in editing soon. It should be out in late 2015, with the third to follow six months later. I plan to have the final two out by the end of 2017.
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