Friday, April 14, 2017

Author Interview: 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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About the Book:

Title: ALAN 2
Author: Bruce Forciea
Publisher: Open Books
Pages: 278
Genre: Cyber-Thriller

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?
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What first inspired you to write or who inspired you?

I’ve found inspiration in reading other science fiction authors. My love for science fiction began with authors like Arthur C. Clarke, H.G. Wells and Ray Bradbury and continued through to Michael Crichton, Robin Cook and Dean Koontz.

Has writing always been a passion for you or did you discover it years later?

I began writing a bit later in life, when I began working in academia. I found that once my career settled down, I had more time to explore ideas for potential stories.

Do you have a day job?  What do you do?

I am a college professor and I teach courses in Anatomy and Physiology.

Can you name three writing tips to pass on to aspiring authors?

I would say researching your subject or content before beginning to write the main story would be one. For example, in Alan 2, I needed to research such topics as cybercrime, artificial intelligence, locations, and hacking.

Create an outline before writing the main story. I produce an outline that runs about 2-3 pages that contains the entire story in short sentences.

Create character sheets. I create a profile for each character complete with a picture of what I think the character looks like. I include as much information about their personality as I can such as their likes and dislikes, temperament and so on.

Do you let unimportant things get in the way of your writing?

Yes, like everyone else, I have a life too which means sometimes I have to pick up my daughter or do my laundry, or grocery shop when I could be writing.

What hours do you write best?

I write best in the early evening hours until I get tired which seems to be getting earlier as I get older!

What are you reading now?

I just began reading The Atlantis Gene, by A.G. Riddle.

What are you currently working on?

Right now I’m researching topics for my next novel which will be about a young adult female who attends chiropractic college and discovers she has the ability to heal others. She also discovers there are 2 other women, one in India and the other in Africa who have this ability. The triad of healers will need to unite to help to stop a global plague that is killing millions.

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