Fiction by Heaton

I have authored four novels thus far. All written, edited and ready to publish. It’s just a matter of finding a literary agent and then seducing the right editor.

To whet your literary appetite I will post sample chapters each month from my novels. If you like them (or for that matter if you’ve liked anything I’ve ever written, ever) give a “thumbs up” on the Facebook doodad at the top of this page. That will help prove I’m marketable to publishers. If you are a literary agent or are sleeping with a literary agent and think you could secure a book deal, then for the love of God contact me.

Otherwise, you’ll find sample chapters from my books below. Enjoy!



In the future there will be pills for everything, people will give birth to kittens, and flippant computers will vote on your behalf. Even after you’re dead.

Harold’s not dead, but his overbearing father-in-law is. Yet instead of an inheritance, the man leaves behind his “zombie box”: a sophisticated machine which thinks, speaks and schemes just as its owner would have.

To preserve his sanity and marriage, Harold must thwart a snarky computer, a feckless politician, and a gun-toting conspiracy called the Nixon Underground bent on resurrecting the United States.

Sun on a Rope is a hilarious glimpse of life in the world of tomorrow. Where technology is astounding, but people are still generally screwed up.

“Funnier than 1984. . . yet somehow scarier than Brave New World.” – Imaginary Literary Critic

Download sample chapters 1-5 in either .pdf format or right click here and “save link as…” to download for your Kindle or e-reader.


Frank Got Abducted

A pink slip, a burglary and a breakup have jettisoned Hillary Norbitz from her recently established adult life. While hungover on a bus retreating to her home town, she mistakenly identifies a man as her estranged friend James. The doppelganger insists they have never met before. So do the next two identical men.

Her brother Frank is en route to collect her when he notices a triangular patch of sky above his car with no visible stars in it. The following day he wakes up in Utah with his pants on backwards.

Together with an eccentric farmer and an extraterrestrial travel writer, they must piece together how a serial killer, a romance, and Frank’s frequent, nerve-wracking abductions are connected to a larger extraterrestrial plot. And by doing so discover that aliens are just as bumbling and flawed as the human beings they abduct.

“A glib slant on close encounters of the third kind.” – Imaginary Literary Critic

Download sample chapters 1-11 in either .pdf format or right click here and “save link as…” to download for your Kindle or e-reader.



Photo Credits: “Hunter S. Thompson” CC Corinna A. Carlson; “Mutexture” by Kate Peers-Johnson; FGA hypothetical book cover adapted from a t-shirt from Wandermind. This image will not be used for commercial purposes without prior consent of its copyright owner.


  • Norman
    January 9, 2012 - 10:53 pm | Permalink

    I finished this on a plane this weekend, and will definitely be on the pre-order list!

  • Teresa
    January 19, 2012 - 9:23 am | Permalink

    I don’t like this…
    I LOVE THIS!!!!

  • January 19, 2012 - 3:17 pm | Permalink

    Hmmm … Have you tried submitting to 4RV Publishing?

  • Kathi
    July 29, 2012 - 9:35 am | Permalink

    Five chapters? That was just mean. Anxiously awaiting more….

    • Heaton
      July 29, 2012 - 11:15 am | Permalink

      You’re very kind, Kathi! I’ll put up some stuff from my other novels soon. And I’m plugging away on short story submissions too, so hopefully at some point I’ll get my novels out there.


  • Kathi
    March 9, 2014 - 10:15 am | Permalink

    I just bought Frank Got Abducted. See? Some of us do pay attention.

    • March 9, 2014 - 6:01 pm | Permalink

      Thank you, Kathi! You’re a gem, and I hope you enjoy it!

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