D.L.
Orton

DL ORTON, THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR of the BETWEEN TWO EVILS series, lives in the foothills of the Rockies where she and her husband are raising three boys, a golden retriever, two Siberian cats, and an extremely long-lived Triops.‍

In her spare time, she’s building a time machine so that someone can go back and do the laundry.

How I found Orton's books

Orton brought her first book in her Between Two Evils series on tour with The Write Reads and I instantly fell in love!

Why you should read Orton's books

The mix of all the genre’s probably doesn’t sound like it should work, but it’s AMAZING! 

After finishing the first book, I basically binged the next two and started begging for the fourth. 

And yes, I keep bugging her for the fourth book coz I’m looking forward to it so much!

What Orton's writes about

Orton’s books are a little more complex than most books which makes it really hard to categorise. There’s time travel, dystopian, sci-fi, romance and action. 

And yet she mixes it together so well!

My top picks

For once, I’m not picking a favourite because I just can’t!

I love every single one of her books and I highly recommend, if you like these genres, just go and buy her books and binge on them!

My chat with Orton

1. What first drew you to writing novels?

The amazing amount of money one can make writing and publishing cross-genre fiction. 😜Just kidding! (I spend around $8,000 publishing each book, and at my current rate of sales, I should break even in around 50 years.)
 
The truth is, I love to read, but I struggle to find books with stories and characters that I love. So, I decided to write the sort of book I like to read (and that turned into a monster—I mean a series!) The jury is still out on whether I succeeded.

4. How do you decide what stays in your books when editing?

When I first started writing, I often pushed back on the “cut” comments from my editor. I rarely do that today: less is more. 
 
Mark Twain nailed it when he quipped: “A successful book is not made of what is in it, but what is left out of it.”

2. What is your aim with your writing?

Some people start rocket companies, some people create machines to remove plastic garbage from the oceans, some people take to the streets to enact social change. For my attempt to leave the world a slightly better place, I write books. (It also helps me stay sane in a world where reality is often MUCH stranger than fiction.)

3. What drew you to writing about a post-apocalyptic/time-travel romance?

Time stands still or years pass in a second. You control the ticking of the clock, the turning of the tides, the lives of your characters. 
 
And every once in a while, you connect with a reader, and a tiny bit of their universe shifts, and that makes it all worthwhile.

5. What is your greatest writing achievement?

Tough question. The thing that I hold the dearest would be the emails I receive from readers who love my books. Recently, I got a note from an 84-year-old woman who sent me $20 to prepay for the rest of the books in my series! I’m really hoping I can get those to her in time!

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