Author Interview with Bruce Forciea
I’m interviewing Bruce Forciea today, author of medical thriller / science fiction “The X-Cure” today. Thanks for answering my questions.
When did you know you wanted to be an author?
Well, about 10 years or so ago I had an idea about how healing occurs so I began writing and blogging about it. After about a year of researching and producing copious notes, I decided to put it into a book which ended up becoming my first published work (Unlocking the Healing Code). I think I pretty much wanted to write a book for a number of years before that, but never felt I had the time. Since then I haven’t stopped writing.
What inspired you to write The XCure?
I have a lot of experience working in alternative medicine when I practiced chiropractic. I would often see results from simple remedies such as vitamins and herbals. The big drug companies often ignored some of these treatments because they are not regulated by the FDA, which means there is not as much profit as is in pharmaceuticals. I wondered if big pharma did anything to dissuade people from using simple remedies.
So, I was driving home from work one day and there was this story on the radio about a researcher who used radio frequencies to kill cancer cells. I did a bit of research and found that there actually was a cure developed by Royal Rife back in the 1930’s which he thought was suppressed by a medical conspiracy. The same sort of thing happened to chiropractic up until the 1980’s. I thought it would make a great story about finding a cure for cancer based on alternative medicine with an evil pharmaceutical company using secret agents to stop it.
What is your editing process like?
I guess I would say that it is “layered.” This means that I work to get the story down on paper without worrying too much about editing. Then, I proceed to make several (sometimes many) passes through the book. I try to look at it from a different perspective during each pass. For example, I may look at the characters in one pass, overused words in another, pacing in another and so on. I try to take a break between each pass. After several passes I find that I’m making very few corrections and the manuscript is ready to submit to my publisher. For example, The X-Cure took something like 12 passes before I submitted it. One would think you would get tired going through the story so many times. I never did because I really love the story. After I feel the manuscript is ready, I’ll submit it and keep my fingers crossed. If they like the manuscript, they will assign an editor and we will go through it again making any needed corrections.
What was the most valuable thing you learned while writing?
That is a great question and I’d like to take a slight jog on that one if I may. I’d like to say that learning to write during my liberal arts undergraduate degree was the most useful skill I learned at that school. I use it every day in my work, for every email I send out and in countless materials I produce for the college courses I teach. I can’t stress writing enough to my daughter and students.
As far as what I’ve learned while writing I think it’s that the story will write itself if you let it. In other words, there is something magical about writing fiction. It really pulls you into another world. When I wrote The X-Cure, I began with an outline. When I finished, the story had gone in a completely different direction. I felt it pulled me in that direction. Writing really is a wonderful experience.
Did you set any writing goals for 2016? If so, what are they?
Yes, my 2016 goals are to continue to promote the X-Cure and to get my second novel, Alan2, published. I just submitted the Alan2 manuscript to my publisher, Open Books, and am hoping they like it. I’m also working on a few short stories and am submitting to magazines.
Are you working on something now?
Yes, I’m hoping my publisher likes Alan2. It’s a cyber-thriller about an artificial intelligence scientist who develops a way to combine the knowledge in the frontal lobes of his brain with a computer operating system. Besides artificial intelligence, the story contains elements of cybercrime, cults, hacking, and an international chase with a very dramatic conclusion. It’s kind of like a combination of the movie “Her” with Terminator’s Skynet and a completely different twist. I’m hoping readers will like the play on today’s concerns about artificial intelligence.
About the Book
Author: Bruce Forciea
Genre: Medical Thriller / Science Fiction
Dr. Alex Winter, a brilliant biomedical engineer, teams with Dr. Xiu Ling, a beautiful Chinese scientist, to discover a revolutionary cure for cancer. But Tando Pharmaceuticals, the world’s largest and richest drug producer, also has an interest in the cure, and when they discover that the treatment is flawed as recipients begin to die after four months, causing a media frenzy and a drop in Tando’s stock, they call upon their ‘Mercenary Soldiers of Medicine’ to maintain global domination.
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 has written several books on healing and biology which include Unlocking the Healing Code, An Easy Guide to Learning Anatomy and Physiology and An eText of Anatomy and Physiology. The X-Cure is his debut fiction work. Dr. Forciea teaches Anatomy and Physiology for Moraine Park Technical College and Unitek College. Professional projects include writing and producing college science courses, producing digital media including over one hundred science videos, ebooks, custom labs and websites. His fiction writing draws on a diverse and eclectic background that includes touring and performing with a professional show, designing digital circuits for a defense contractor, treating thousands of patients while running successful chiropractic and wellness clinics and now teaching life science and wellness. Dr. Forciea lives in Wisconsin and loves writing during the solitude of the long Northern winters.
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