Wednesday, May 31, 2017

A Conversation with Bruce Forciea, author of Alan 2

Bruce Forciea is known for taking complex scientific concepts and making them easy to understand through engaging stories and simple explanations. He is an Amazon Best Selling Author and author of several books on healing and biology, along with science fiction thriller novels. His fiction writing draws on a diverse and eclectic background that includes touring and performing with a professional show, designing digital circuits, treating thousands of patients, and teaching. His stories include complex plots with unexpected twists and turns, quirky characters, and a reality very similar to our own. Dr. Forciea lives in Wisconsin and loves writing during the solitude of the long Northern winters. 

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A brilliant artificial intelligence (AI) scientist, Dr. Alan Boyd, develops a new program that integrates part of his brain with a computer’s operating system. The program, Alan 2, can anticipate a user’s needs and automatically perform many tasks. A large software company, International Microsystems (IM) desperately wants the program and tempts Dr. Boyd with huge sums of money, but when Dr. Boyd refuses their offer, IM sabotages his job, leaving him in a difficult financial situation.

Dr. Boyd turns to Alan 2 for an answer to his financial problems, and Alan 2 develops plan Alpha, which is a cyber robin hood scheme to rob from rich corporations via a credit card scam.

Alan and his girlfriend Kaitlin travel to Mexico where they live the good life funded by plan Alpha, but the FBI cybercrime division has discovered part of Alan 2’s cyber escapades, and two agents, Rachel and Stu, trace the crime through the TOR network and Bitcoin.

Alan 2 discovers the FBI is on to them and advises Alan and Kaitlin to change locations. A dramatic chase ensues taking them to St. Thomas, a cruise ship bound for Spain, and finally to Morocco. 

Will they escape detection? They will if Alan 2's Plan Beta can be implemented in time. Or is 'Plan B' something altogether different than it appears to be, something wholly sinister that will affect the entire population of the world?
Watch the trailer at YouTube!

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Thank you for this interview!  I’d like to know more about you as a person first.  What do you do when you’re not writing?

I work full-time as a college instructor. I teach anatomy and physiology.

When did you start writing?

About 10 years ago. I wrote a non-fiction book on healing (Unlocking the Healing Code) which was published by Llewellyn. This led to some books on anatomy and physiology. About 3 years ago I began writing fiction. My first novel, The X-Cure, was published by Open Books. They picked up my second novel, Alan 2 as well.

As a published author, what would you say was the most pivotal point of your writing life?

I think it was getting published after the many rejections.

If you could go anywhere in the world to start writing your next book, where would that be and why?

I think I would like to go to one of those all-inclusive resorts in Mexico where everything is provided. I could then sit on the beach or pool-side and not be concerned with anything except writing.

If you had 4 hours of extra time today, what would you do?

At this point, I am swamped with work, so I would have to say I would get a good chunk of work done to free up more time during the week.

Where would you like to set a story that you haven’t done yet?

My next story will have 3 characters. One is American, one is Indian and one is African. I’m looking forward to studying the Indian slums where my character lives.

Back to your present book, Alan 2, how did you publish it?

Alan 2 was picked up by my publisher, Open Books. They published my first novel, The X-Cure.

In writing your book, did you travel anywhere for research?

No, I used some locations I was already familiar with and did a lot of online research.

Why was writing Alan 2 so important to you?

It was a story that I had rumbling around in my head and thought it would make a great book. It also gave me a reason to explore some areas that interested me, such as artificial intelligence and cybercrime.

Where do you get your best ideas and why do you think that is?

I actually get some of my best ideas while exercising. I like to do my cardio on an elliptical and I really feel it frees my mind to explore new ideas. There is something about the rhythmic nature of working out that helps me to think.

I am always exploring new ideas and stories that come from various topics. These could be news stories, movies, other books or just my daily life. Sometimes, one will “stick” in my mind and I’ll explore it while exercising or driving.

Any final words?

Thank you so much for this interview. I am very grateful for this opportunity and I sincerely hope my readers enjoy my stories.


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