Justin Orton

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I spend most days delving into the world of computer code and unraveling programming mysteries for many major corporations, but my true passion is fictional writing.
My work is always supervised by Oliver (my cat), who’s four-legged contributions can often be found in both my coding and writing (all spelnig errors r stritcly his!).
I was born and raised in England, but now live with my beautiful wife Lisa in Florida (famous for its theme parks, beaches, the occasional hurricane, and a certain mouse).

My hobbies include: reading, movies, history, travel (I want to see mountains again Gandalf – mountains!), and exploring the latest gadgets and gizmos.

I’m rather fond of single malt scotch and it’s not uncommon to find me of an evening, sipping on
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Justin Orton Thankfully I've not been overly afflicted with writer's block and I attribute that to having several projects ongoing at any one time. If I get stuck…moreThankfully I've not been overly afflicted with writer's block and I attribute that to having several projects ongoing at any one time. If I get stuck with a certain scene or character in a book, I'll take a break, and flip to a different story, or a different scene in the same project. I'm currently actively working on three unrelated novels, with an additional 2 that clamor for attention from time to time. I find formulating ideas, characters and outlines for those projects is refreshing, and when I return to the main work (currently book 2 of The Broken Crown saga) the words just flow again.(less)
Justin Orton Do it! Carve out some time, and write! Just getting used to letting your ideas flow is a wonderful experience. Once you've made the commitment that…moreDo it! Carve out some time, and write! Just getting used to letting your ideas flow is a wonderful experience. Once you've made the commitment that you're going to do it - be organized. There's a lot of words that go into making a book that never make it to the finished product. Character sketches, plot ideas, research notes, places, relationships. It's critical you find a way to keep these things organized and available to you. I use a product called Scrivener. It's the best writing tool for authors in my mind, and I've written several blog posts on it here: https://jaortonwriter.wordpress.com/c...
This may sound tedious but keep track of what you write as you write it. For example the words are flowing and you've just finished this epic scene with your protagonist, and in it you happened to mention their eye color, sweater color and a couple of mannerisms - log that information in your character sketch. It's your book and you think you'll never forget it, but trust me 400 pages in you'll be second guessing yourself on all manner of things, and having these notes at your fingertips is incredibly valuable. One of the greatest challenges you'll face is continuity. Readers pick up on stuff like that. All that said the best advice I can give is - have fun! Enjoy the process, and allow your characters to lead you. Having an idea of the overall plot is good, I can't start a book without some idea of where I'm going, but I don't try and plot every nuance of the story. There's nothing more exciting than writing a scene and finding one of your characters takes off in a manner you hadn't expected, and before you know it a whole new subplot or twist starts to take shape. Trust in the characters you create, be them as you write, and you'll have fun as well as producing a more believable and enjoyable read for your audience. Good luck! Happy writing!(less)
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Delighted to announce that To Raise a King was selected as a semi-finalist in the Golden Quill Award Contest for 2018.


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I’m working hard to complete the second book in the Broken Crown trilogy. This second installment will be “To Save a Queen” and I hope to publish later this year.


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