Interviewer: Conspiracy is an unusual novel with mixed genres and a blend of fact and fiction. Why did you chose to write it this way?
Alden: My original intention was to write a nonfiction work about mass control and group manipulation. When I began the research, I discovered a lot of coincidences popping up. As I got further into the research I realized these coincidences were really connections – amazing connections which form a pattern that you really don’t notice until you put them into a sequential timeline. People, historical figures and actions are connected in ways that I never realized until I saw them in this way.
Interviewer: So why do a novel instead of nonfiction?
Alden: Frankly, what I found in the research totally amazed me. I felt that the general public should be made aware of it and I thought I could reach a wider audience by doing a novel which also had entertainment value. A nonfiction work was likely to reach a smaller market and I felt it important to try and get this information out to the largest number of people possible because their lives literally depend on it.
Interviewer: Sounds ominous.
Alden: It is.
Interviewer: Did the potential for book sales as a novel versus nonfiction influence your decision to write Conspiracy as a novel?
Alden: Frankly, no. Of course, having a bestseller would be great in terms of finances, but that was definitely not what influenced me to write it as an novel. I really wanted to get the word out to the public as much as possible and I felt a novel would have the best chance of doing that.
Interviewer: Is this a first novel for you?
Alden: No. I’ve written novels and nonfiction for years under different pseudonyms.
Interviewer: Would you care to share some of them now?
Alden: No. I prefer to keep different types of writing under different names, and I prefer not to disclose them.
Alden: In the case of Conspiracy, I found out many things that might make a lot of high powered people pretty upset, so it’s partly for my safety.
Interviewer: Can you tell readers what kind of things you discovered?
Alden: Not without blowing the plot. There are a lot of plot twists and turns and some surprises that no one expects.
Interviewer: Conspiracy is the first novel in the Conspiracy series. Why do a series?
Alden: I discovered so much information in writing Conspiracy that I realized it would either become a 3000 page book, or I’d need to do it as a series. Frankly, I am still amazed at the number of coincidences or rather, connections, that I uncovered.
Interviewer: So will you give a short plot synopsis, please.
Alden: Sure. The core of Conspiracy revolves around an ancient shadow organization who essentially controls everything, but people have no idea they exist. They have infiltrated governments, they control food supply lines, scientific discoveries, productivity – you name it and the Brotherhood has a hand in it. And they also have a very sinister plan which is introduced in Conspiracy but does not take full shape until Conspiracy 2: The Agenda.
Interviewer: So how would you categorize Conspiracy?
Alden: It’s a suspense/thriller with elements of mystery and science fiction, but primarily I would categorize it more as a suspense/thriller, although by publishing standards it doesn’t fit into a neat category. Most readers have said it’s an “edge of your seat” experience. And I’ll add that even the so-called science fiction elements are based on facts or scientific probability even though they may seem like sci-fi.
Interviewer: You pack a lot of information into Conspiracy to the extent that the reader might feel overwhelmed at times. Was this intentional?
Alden: Very much so. The characters are uncovering monumental discoveries that are affecting and changing their lives on an almost daily basis. I wanted the reader to feel that sense of being overwhelmed in the same way the characters are feeling it.
Interviewer: How many novels do you expect to write in the Conspiracy series?
Alden: I’ve just finished the second one which is Conspiracy: The Agenda and I’m now working on Conspiracy 3. I expect there may be one or two left to write after that.
Interviewer: Can you give us a hint about Conspiracy 2: The Agenda?
Alden: It continues the events begun in Conspiracy along with the same characters as it leads them into discovering more about the sinister workings of the Brotherhood. All I can say without giving too much away, is that it has to do with genetically modified foods – and it’s a shocker. The average person has absolutely no idea of the potential dangers of GM foods. Most people don’ even realize jut how much GM food they already consume. It’s all about control and greed.
Interviewer: When do you expect The Agenda to be out?
Alden: Early 2011.
Interviewer: So people still have time to read Conspiracy first.
Alden: (laughs) Yes. Its available at Amazon.com and other venues, so get your copy today (laughs).