Interviews

Interview with Rèal Laplaine – Intrusion

Q. To your knowledge, does Canadian anti-terrorist activity in real life suggest the existence of action-type hero, resembling Keeno in your novel ‘INTRUSION’?

There is no concrete proof to show that Canada is any more a hotspot, or conduit for terrorist-like activities than other western nation. What makes Canada uniquely suited for this particular story is that Canada has not had a foreign aggression, on its soil, since the War of 1812. There have been internal issues, the “Front de liberation du Quebec”, to name one, but in all, Canada has remained uniquely devoid of these issues, which is one reason I chose to focus the story there. On another note, could the anti-terrorist activities within the RCMP, realistically embrace a character such as Keeno McCole? I think the answer is YES. The RCMP or Royal Canadian Mounted Police, retain an excellent reputation, in the main, within and without Canada. While Hollywood generates a constant stream of films depicting the American CIA, FBI and police agencies as being corrupt and involved in all manner of illegal activities, one rarely hears of the RCMP, which is more or less the equivalent of the FBI, CIA and Homeland Security, all in one. My idea was to spotlight the RCMP with a character who embodied the motto of this agency, in his own way, which is;  “we always get our man”.

Q. In your novel, RIFD is the center of attention. What is it in a nutshell?

RFID stands for Radio-Frequency-ID, in other words, a small electronic chip, which is normally planted inside of something, and which transmits information when activated. There are passive RFID chips and active RFID chips. One is more or less dormant until it is activated by an electronic signal, while the other transmits info on a wider range when it is activated. Currently, RFID chips are used in many applications in our lives. Credit cards, passports, IDs, security cards, to name a few, contain these chips. RFID chips exist in products which we buy, allowing them to be tracked by manufacturers to minimize theft. They are used today on pets – to track them, and you will even find parents from America to Japan, placing RFID chip devices on their children, to GPS them, so to speak. In the medical field, they are now being used to track and deal with people who have severe or acute illness.

Q. Why RIFD can become a threat to our freedom? What kind of government in Canada or abroad would likely wish to control its population through RIFD?

To answer this question, let’s put this in perspective. The heir of a very wealthy American banking institution, was reportedly quoted as saying the following:  “The ultimate goal is to get everybody in this world chipped with an RFID chip. And to have all the money to be on those chips, and everything on those chips. And if anybody wants to protest what we do or violate what we want, we just turn off their chip.”   Even if one disbelieves that statement, there is plenty of evidence pointing to the fact that RFID chips are a very real threat to our freedom, if they are not controlled. For instance, after 9/11, the American government of that time, passed a bill, The Patriot Act, empowering law enforcement agencies to spy on any American they deemed to be a possible threat to national security. The matter was never put to vote, and recently, the bill was signed in again, without asking a single American whether they agreed.  Walk down the street in many cities, you find CCTV (Closed-Circuit-TV) cameras staring down at you, on streets, stations, public areas. Britain alone, boasts more CCTVs watching its people, than most any nation? The point being that world events are shaping and redefining our freedom, and people are making decisions without asking us whether we care to be spied on. So what national or international incident could possibly catalyze a government to mandate chipping its citizens to protect them from terrorism? I don’t think it takes a genius to answer that.

Q. Have you done any research before writing this novel? If so, what was its subjects?

Yes. I researched the subject of RFID chipping, its history and its use on people, extensively. According to recent reports, RFID chip implants in people caused cancerous growth around the chip, but that didn’t mean they didn’t work. It is just a matter of time before the technology is brought to a level where the scenario depicted in my novel INTRUSION – is a reality from a technological point of view. I have also extensively researched China, and the PRC (People’s Republic of China – the Communist regime) and my book, intentionally, bringing to light that while China is quickly moving into becoming the largest world-power, economically speaking, that as a Communist regime, and in spite of their PR twist making themselves look “capitalistic” – their aims are not transparent.

Q. You spent many years outside Canada. What country you like the most and why?

America. Yet, I never relinquished my Canadian citizenship despite living inAmericafor over 30 years.  I was drawn by the American zeitgeist – a certain dynamic that matched my passions as I was setting out on my career, back in the day.

Q. You like the thrill of risk and adventure. What was the most memorable episode in your life?

Once, on a business trip toNew Haven,Connecticut, my associate and I heard a horrendous crash. Running to the scene, we found a car smashed into a tree, its driver semi-conscious and bloody, and as we tried to free him from the vehicle, the engine burst into flames. In truth, had I not had a knife in my pocket, that driver would have burned alive in front of our eyes within seconds, but as it was, I was able to cut him free from his seat-belt, drag him from the car, and as he regained consciousness he informed us that he had friend in the back seat. Of course, the front-end of the car was, by now, consumed in flames and filled with smoke, so we couldn’t see a thing. We managed to find another man, unconscious in the back, tried to pull him through the window only to have his leg get caught under the seat, and there we stood, holding this man partially outside this burning vehicle, just waiting for the gas tank to explode. Fortunately, emergency crew showed up within seconds, doused the flames (and us) and two men survived. A year later, I received a call inLos Angeles, from a woman who invited me to her wedding inNew Haven. She was marrying one of the men whom we saved.  I learned a lot from that singular incident. You find out what you’re made of when your back is against the wall and you have to make life-and-death decisions.

Q. How long have you been writing?

Officially – just under two years. Unofficially, I started honing my skills years ago, but my work and my travels at the time precluded having the time to take books to official publication status.

Q. What your next book will be about?

My next book, being introduced to publishers here inEurope, is entitled FINDING AGNETHA, a fiction story about the Swedish group ABBA. A story about a young boy’s search for Agnetha Fältskog, the blond singer from the band, in an attempt to get the group to perform again for world, after some twenty five years.

For more about Rèal Laplaine or his new book INTRUSION: A KEENO ACTION NOVEL, go to www.reallaplaine.com, www.reallaplaine.wordpress.com, or www.asteroidpublishing.ca. Orders of the book through www.barnesandnoble.com, www.chapters.indigo.ca

An interview with Malcolm Mills, the author of “Beyond the Shickshock Mountains,” was published by Canadian Bookshelf: http://canadianbookshelf.com/content/search?search_in=454&SearchText=malcolm+mills&SearchButton=

Comments
5 Responses to “Interviews”
  1. Joan Trill says:

    Hi Diane,
    I liked reading your interesting interview!
    Keep on writing!
    Joan

  2. Stephanie says:

    So fun to read about your influences, Diane. Reading voraciously definitely encourages writing!
    I especially enjoy knowing how your interest in fairy tales influenced your reading and style of writing.
    carry on writing.
    Stephanie

  3. eva says:

    Hey Diane!! Great interview! I’m really looking forward to reading all the books you have inside you…keep it up! You are inspiring to me.

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