Steve Alten Interview - Expanded Explanation
Creative Edge Publishing: Your new novel, 'Undisclosed' comes out June 6, what can you tell us about the writing process behind this novel?
Steve Alten: Wow... totally unique. It started with an absolutely real UFO sighting days before I met Dr. Steven M. Greer, the foremost authority on UFOs and ETs and led to me editing his book, UNACKNOWLEDGED and using his incredible resources, interviews, and experienced to create my novel, UNDISCLOSED.
CEP: You mean you had a UFO sighting? Could you explain what was that like?
On Saturday December 14, 2013, at approximately 11:10 PM, my wife, Kim and I were returning home from dinner and a movie. As we drove through our neighborhood, I noticed something bizarre moving toward us in the night sky—pale amber lights like nothing I had ever seen. There were eight to twelve of them flying in staggered pairs, approaching from the south less than a thousand feet (estimated) above Route 441/State Road 7 in Palm Beach County. They were far too silent and smooth to be helicopters and they were definitely not planes. As they came closer and passed almost directly overhead we could see the outline of a... well, their saucer-shaped vessels.
By this time I had parked the car. Kim and I stood and watched them, the two of us incredulous as they moved north through a cloudless night sky... until, pair by pair, they simply faded into the ether. Let me be clear here, they didn’t move out of range or shut off their lights or disappear into a cloud bank, they slipped out of existence.
My wife and I were both fifty-three at the time, and neither one of us in our combined one-hundred-plus years on this planet had ever seen a UFO. Far from being scared, we felt exhilarated, like we had just been treated to something very special.
Three days later, we drove to Miami Beach and had dinner with Dr. Steven M. Greer and his wife, Emily – the first time the four of us had ever met.
I discovered Dr. Greer’s work in 2010 while writing my eleventh novel, Phobos: Mayan Fear. I write “faction”—fictional thrillers woven in fact—and I sweat the details. Extraterrestrials played a small part in the storyline I had been working on and during my research, I had come across a YouTube video of The Disclosure Project. I was blown away by both the encounters and integrity of these eyewitnesses, many of whom held top security clearances in the military. I emailed Dr. Greer seeking permission to use excerpts of these testimonials between chapters as a means of entwining fact with fiction. The Greers generously agreed. I thanked them in the acknowledgment and sent a signed book when the novel was published a year later.
In August of 2013, I received an email from Emily. She loved the book and said Steven would like to meet me – perhaps we could have dinner together when they came down to Miami Beach in mid-December.
Of course, the first thing we spoke about was our UFO experience three nights earlier. Dr. Greer explained that these close encounters happen to many of the people he is going to meet for the first time, the ETs “checking us out.” I’ve since learned that advanced species communicate through consciousness; it was during meditation that Steven Greer discovered how to initiate his own close encounters.
Having spent several hundred hours with Dr. Greer, a thousand more researching his work, and a few startling moments in the presence of far more intelligent (and peaceful) life forms not from our planet, I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt that the public is being lied to. UFOs and extraterrestrials exist—that is fact, not fiction. It took an emergency room medical physician to figure out how to communicate with them, and the path led him down a dark rabbit’s hole.
This is his story and it is ours, told in the hopes that, by awakening the masses we can veer humanity off our current path—a path purposely intended to lead us to Armageddon—and instead usher in an era of universal peace.*
Steve also launched Adopt-An-Author, a nationwide non-profit program designed to encourage students to read.
To date, over 10,000 teachers have registered, and the success rate in getting teens to read has been unprecedented. Steve now spends half his work week working with high schools. For more information visit AdoptAnAuthor.com.
You can also find writing tips from him on his website.
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