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
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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Q: Thank you so much for this interview, Bruce! Can you tell us where you are from?
I’m from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Q: How did you come up with your title?
The story is about an artificial intelligence scientist named Dr. Alan Boyd who develops a computer program that integrates part of his brain. The program sounds and speaks just like him so he called it Alan 2. I thought this would be a good title.
Q: They say you can judge a book by its cover. Can you tell us a little about your cover and who designed it?
The cover was designed by my publisher, Open Books. They have done a wonderful job with both of my novels.
Q: Can you tell us something about your book that would make me run out and buy it?
If you’re looking for a fast-paced thriller that incorporates technology, cybercrime, hacking and espionage, this book is for you!
Q: Are there any messages in this book that you want the reader to know about?
There are a few underlying themes. One has to do with the quantum connection between two people, or living things. Another has to do with what is going on with regard to our precious Earth. There is also some discussion about whether artificial intelligence can be identified as alive.
Q: What was your most favorite chapter to write and why?
I loved writing the entire story, but if I had to choose one, I would say it would be the chapter that introduces the FBI agents, Rachel and Stu. Rachel is in the midst of catching an online predator. I really enjoyed writing the online dialogue between Rachel and the predator, as well as between her and Stu.
Q: Why did you feel you had to write this book?
I felt as though artificial intelligence is really coming into vogue with systems like Amazon’s Echo, Google Home, IBM’s Watson and so on. I thought it would make a great story to take the idea of artificial intelligence to the next level and explore what it might decide to do.
Q: Now, some fun questions – What deep dark secret would you like to share with us?
I guess it wouldn’t be a secret if I told you! One thing a lot of people don’t know about me is that before I worked in electronics, then became a chiropractor and now teach college, I was a figure skating coach and had toured with an ice show. Seems like another lifetime ago!
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
I would love to travel to many places, especially those with natural beauty. Places like Iceland and Tibet fascinate me.
Q: Are you a morning person or a night person?
I’m better at different things at various times of the day. For work, it’s the morning that’s best. For exercise, it’s mid to late afternoon. For writing, it’s the evening.
Q: Are there any members in your family who also like to write?
My daughter is a very talented writer. She is in high school and has written a fantasy novel which she hopes to get published and lots of great poetry.
Q: As a child, were you a dreamer?
Definitely, I love to spend a lot of time in my head and always have. I had a fantastic imagination when I was a child.
Q: Last but not least, the magic genie has granted you one wish. What would that be?
Three more wishes?? If not, then to be happy and healthy.
Q: Thank you so much for this interview! Do you have any final words?
Thank you very much. I really appreciate the opportunity to be interviewed and hope my readers enjoy Alan 2.