Rebecca Rose Orton, Author Spotlight

Author Spotlight

This children’s book explains the features of a tesseract, wheels within wheels, and a sphere within a sphere all within the context of dimensions. Explore the 0th-4th dimensions with their unique points of view. Imagine what it would be like to exist in each dimension. What can you do? Where can you go? What shapes can exist? Ultimately, answering these questions can lead to a discovery of scientific concepts beyond the daily reality and above the mundane routines of life. This book is targeted for children in upper elementary grades who haven’t taken any geometry classes at school yet. The exposure to geometric concepts in this book is intended to help children get a head start on some vocabulary words and to be ready for geometry class when they do get registered for it. There is an intuitive element to the drawings where children might understand in a scaffolding manner how dimensions work. The illustrated suns are intended to draw out that intuition and show where directions go in each dimension.

Hello book lovers! Today is a day where I will be writing another author spotlight for a well-accomplished author whose work I have loved. As you know book lovers I love learning about authors and the inspiration behind their work, it fascinates me and adds to the depth of the book because the reader will be able to better understand it. That is how the author spotlights were created because I soon discovered that you lovely readers ALSO love learning about author’s, so I am excited to tell you a little bit more about author Rebecca Rose Orton whose books Minds and Signs, What is a Tesseract? And The Lazy Dog and the Quick Fox all educate readers perfectly from beginning to end. I personally would recommend this book to all of those that love education but really the book can be read by anybody as it is flawlessly written and highly enjoyable. With today’s author spotlight for Rebecca Rose Orton, a biography of the author and an interview between me and Rebecca will be shared, and I hope that you book lovers enjoy reading it! To kick this off here is an author bio about the wonderful Rebecca Rose Orton!

Ms. Rebecca Rose Orton, otherwise known simply as Reba Orton, was born Deaf. She attended Cornell College with its intensive one class a month schedule for the freshman year and by the end of the academic year, she was taking computer science classes that juniors usually took. However, for the rest of her college years at the University of Northern Iowa, she wisely kept a healthy balance between general education and major courses every semester because switching between subjects while studying was equivalent to getting a mental break. When she completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science in May, 1990, she had completed every course for her major in the university catalog except one. That one class was Project Management and she never registered for it because she feared that she would not be able to interact with her hearing teammates on an assigned project that they would work on together for the entire semester. After she graduated, she worked for seven years as a COBOL computer programmer in the aerospace and insurance industries. During her lifetime, she took pride in having studied or worked with many computer languages such as ADA, ANSI COBOL, C+, BASIC, COBOL II, FORTRAN 77, HTML, Icon, LISP, MicroFocus COBOL, Pascal, PDP-11 assembly language, Perl, QBASIC, Turbo Pascal, and Visual Basic Applications (VBA). It is quite logical to think of computer languages as constructed languages, and indeed, a linguistics class covering government and binding theories had a familiar programmatic writing style in its textbook. She was one of the only two people who got top grades in this class at Gallaudet University. She graduated from Gallaudet University in May, 2000 with a Master of Arts degree in Linguistics with a specialization in non-manual signals (e.g. facial expressions used in American Sign Language grammar). She worked part-time as a tutor for about fifteen years after she graduated. While tutoring students with business administration majors and other related fields, she found that she had a penchant for business, just like her father. She took a Management and Organizational Theory class at the University of Maryland University College in Fall, 2006. She got the top score for her final exam. To finally complete that one project management class that she did not take for her undergraduate degree, she took a Project Management for Beginners professional development class in July, 2009 at Gallaudet University in a fully accessible classroom with peers who all communicated in American Sign Language. It was effortless to team up with classmates for project management assignments!

Now, how wonderful does Rebecca Rose Orton sound?! Rebecca Rose Orton is a truly exceptional writer and I hope that you lovely readers have a read of Rebecca’s work because you will not regret it! Please see below an interview between me and Rebecca, I hope that you enjoy Rebecca’s answers to my questions, they are incredible and provide some great advice too!

Could you please tell us readers about your work and what genre of books you write? 

I have been a professional tutor since 2002, and my work has influence the genre of books that I wrote thus far.  I write educational books for children ages 9 and above.  My niece is an avid reader and has read three of my books.  Because she has an exceptionally large vocabulary range for her age, I was confident that she would have no trouble reading them even at age 9.

What would your advice be for aspiring writers?

My advice for aspiring authors and author wannabes is get the writing done first and when it is done, then improve on it.  Don’t procrastinate. There are thousands of excuses out there to postpone writing.  Just do it.  It needs to be a priority.  Start out with something simple so that you have something concrete.  Then build on it each time you come back to it.  Don’t wait until it is perfect to get it published because then it would never get done!  Perfection is in the eye of the beholder, just like beauty is.  This is the approach I’ve been taking towards my books.  Each successive step added a deeper dimension and made the books fuller and fatter.

In your opinion, what is the most important thing about a book? 

The density of the words is the most important thing about a book.  I learned a long time ago that children struggle with text books because of their dense writing style.  Textbooks tend to condense a lot of knowledge within as little space as possible and for struggling readers, this jump from easy-to-read books to textbooks is too difficult to make.  What is needed is an educational scaffolding of concepts.  In other words, we need to take into consideration the basic concepts that children already know and use that foundation to introduce new concepts.

What is your writing process like?

When I have a topic in mind that is worthy of writing about, I use the helpful pre-formatted 6″ by 9″ templates that the online self-publishing platforms provide to type up my book.  My editor reviews my book and sends me chapter by chapter any edits she feels are needed.  She catches things that I have overlooked.  She is a second pair of eyes and looks at the material from a fresh perspective, which is exactly what I need and value.  Sometimes I write a bio that fits the topic of the book and incorporate that bio in the “About the Author” section.  After the book has been published, I may search on the Internet and find keywords that fit the book. Sometimes, I find that there is a new label for the topic of the book that I hadn’t considered before.  In later editions of the book, the new keywords or labels may be included in the front material (e.g. in the beginning pages of the book).

Do you have a set schedule for writing, or do you only write when you feel inspired?

I write when I feel inspired or have more information to add.  For example, I might search through my old papers to find facts to confirm what I remember for a memoir.  I write in spurts, and there is no set schedule.  Sometimes, I write, write, write until I am ready to drop.  I use my computer to type up the material.  I don’t physically write it on paper, which is a tedious task because I would still have to transfer the written words to the computer by typing it up.  I can type about 55 words a minute, and sometimes the Bakker Elkhuizen compact keyboard can’t keep up with me.

Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?

My favorite authors are Anne McCaffrey, Dean Murray, Larry Niven, and M Terry Green.  Their books, such as the Pern series, the Reflections series, the Ringworld books, and the Techno-Shaman books, have influenced me greatly.  The Pern books broadened my imagination to daily life on other worlds.  The Reflections series fired my imagination and exposed me to a different type of series writing that I had never seen before.  The Ringworld books demonstrated the sheer size of the Ringworld where each section on the Ringworld was a copy of a world from somewhere else in the galaxy.  The Techno-Shaman books illustrated spiritual dimensions that I didn’t know existed in real life for a shaman.  In addition, Aimee Easterling’s werewolf series are similar to Dean Murray’s books, and she has influenced me as well.  I just finished reading “The Queen of the Tearling: A Novel” by Erika Johansen as of June, 2018, and I can’t wait to read her sequels.  Her writing is compelling and captivated my attention.  The book is a great story about what a queen needs to do to defend her country against internal and external threats.

Lastly, when can we readers expect to read more wonderful books from you?  

I want to write two more books soon but need to consider what topics to write about first.  The topics need to be ones that children would benefit from and are not saturated within the children’s book marketplace.  I also need to have a passion for writing on the topics I choose.  Hopefully in the near future, I will get an inspiration for a topic that will satisfy my inner child and business sense that the book will be worthy to write up and publish.

Its official book lovers, I am obsessed with Rebecca Rose Orton! If you have liked what you have read about Rebecca and are interested in learning more about Rebecca and reading Rebecca’s work, then please do have a browse of the links below and be sure to have a read of the previews too! You will not regret it.

Goodbye for now book lovers,


Minds and Signs: Review by Aimee Ann – Amazon U.S. – Amazon U.K. – Goodreads

Rebecca Rose Orton:  Website – Twitter – Blog – GoRead –Google + – Goodreads Author Page

Thank you so much again for reading!


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