Interview with Forest Handford

What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book, Cyber Revolution, is about a women who works her way to CEO of Fast Futures Machines. Part of her success is from discovering the sources of gender inequity in tech and fixing them. This book covers her rise through the ranks and how she helps lead the company through a trying time where they decide to take a stand against the anti-Muslim policies of their government.
What is your writing process?
I get an idea, which I spend a couple of weeks thinking about and researching. The idea is usually a concept, like for Cyber Revolution, what if a corporation decided to say no to bad governments. Next I come up with a main character and create a rough idea of where the story should start and end. That's when I begin writing. I write whenever I have time, this includes time on planes, buses, and trains.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No. It was probably a Sesame Street 'board' book. I remember I liked the colors and durability of those books.
How do you approach cover design?
I think about my concept and how I can best portray it in a captivating picture. In Time-Keepers and Space Orphans the covers both have literal pictures of content from the book. For Cyber Revolution, there was nothing as iconic to use. I wanted to make it clear that the book was about technology. Originally I was going to have binary on the cover but that's been done so many other places I decided to use hexadecimal values instead. Revolutions almost always come with bloodshed, so I added the blood to the cover to help show the dark aspects of the book.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
It's really hard to pick five. Instead, here are my favorite books from my 5 favorite authors. From Claudia Gray, my favorite is A Thousand Pieces of You because it has well developed characters which is very unusual for the genre. From Ursula Le Guin, the Left Hand of Darkness, because it takes a profound look at gender. From Catherynne Valente, In The Night Garden, because of how she wove so many amazing tales together. Orson Scott Card's Ender's Shadow, because while I don't like his politics he writes some really page turning novels. Finally, from Vernor Vinge, I really loved the epic scope of A Fire Upon the Deep.
What do you read for pleasure?
For fun, I like to read science fiction. I often read dystopian fiction, but for whatever reason I usually don't rate them as high as other science fiction.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I read most eBooks on my Nexus 7 using Google Play books.
Describe your desk
I have a sit-to-stand desk that lately is just in a standing position. I have a keyboard, mouse, and tray for my Laptop. I also have a widescreen monitor. I have some paperwork in my computer tray. My water bottle is usually on the desk. I have a stack of business cards, some family photos, and a can of pens. There is also a statuette of Joan of Arc and a bracelet of Buddhist prayer beads.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Coventry Rhode Island. I'm not sure that town specifically influenced my writing, but I have used places in New England I'm familiar with as settings in two of my novels.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote a novella as a teen in the '90s. I also wrote a lot of poetry back then.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I don't have the patience to wait for traditional publishers.
Published 2017-11-28.
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Books by This Author

Cyber Revolution
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 76,040. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues, Fiction » Women's fiction » Feminist
Who will you fight for? After helping her company meet near perfect gender equity Rosa Alvarez is faced with a government that wants to use her company's computers to make a list of Muslims. Can humanity come before profits? Can she risk her company for people who are part of a religion she knows little about?