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:
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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Would you call yourself a born writer?
I would call myself a born dreamer who later developed the skills for writing.
What was your inspiration for Alan 2?
Alan 2 had a number of sources of inspiration. I consider myself a geeky guy with roots in the digital revolution of the 1980’s. So inspiration comes from my early work in engineering working for a defense contractor combined with my science background and love of science fiction. Hey, I was weaned on the black and white flickering images of The Twilight Zone and Outer Limits with a lot of Saturday afternoon science fiction movies thrown in.
For Alan 2, I wondered if all of this data collected from medical scans could be combined with software to produce a sophisticated artificial intelligence program. If so, then how would the program react to humans and our behaviors?
What themes do you like to explore in your writing?
I love themes like quantum connectedness, self-destruction due to personality problems, and opening Pandora’s box.
How long did it take you to complete the novel?
For me, the process takes about a year from conducting the preliminary research to writing the first draft to editing the manuscript for submission to a publisher.
Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day.
I’m disciplined when I begin a project and tend to work in intense burst of activity. I’m not the kind of writer who sits down and writes so many words every day. Hey, I have a day job and family to support!
What did you find most challenging about writing this book?
Alan 2 pretty much flowed from start to finish. For me, the most challenging part of the process is doing edits, especially near the end when I have to read it one more time to look for errors. I really find that difficult and want to move on to something else.
What do you love most about being an author?
I love getting the various stories rumbling around in my brain on paper and actually seeing them in print.
Did you go with a traditional publisher, small press, or did you self publish? What was the process like and are you happy with your decision?
I went with a small publisher, Open Books, who offered me a contract on my first novel, The X-Cure. I’ve also been with a mid-sized publisher for a non-fiction book I wrote about 10 years ago and have self-published some ebooks.
I am happy with Open Books and really feel they are a partner in helping me to achieve my goals as a writer.
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