Forest Handford is a fire artist from Berlin, MA. Forest works as an Engineering Manager at Affectiva. While not at work, he's bringing his family on wacky adventures. His website is EastCoastGames.com where he publishes video and writings about various topics. He recently founded VoteSquared.org, the site for rating politicians. Forest is currently working on publishing a novel called Cyber Revolution about gender equity in tech and how tech companies can fight against bad governments.
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.
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?