MEDIA KIT: FORTUNA
Publication Date: May 3,
Interview with Michael Stevens
thriller exposes the hidden world of online role-playing games where Jason
Lind, a brilliant but bored computer science major, becomes addicted to the
power plays and kinky sex of Fortuna, a simulation set in 15th century Florence
and based on the ideas of Machiavelli.
In spite of his friends’ entreaties, Jason
pursues an aristocrat within the game and becomes obsessed with discovering her
true identity at any cost. When the debts he incurs in Fortuna spill over into
real life, he’s forced to take a job at the company behind the game – where the
strategies that were harmless online have deadly
are over 15 million subscribers to online role-playing games.
Roughly50% of these players
work full-time, 36% are
married, and 22% have children.
The currency of online games has real-world value, and some players have become
Half of all
online role playing gamers consider themselves to be addicted to their game.
Michael Stevens began his
writing career in high school as a music columnist for the Vallejo Times
Herald, his hometown newspaper. After graduating from UC Berkeley as an
English major, he served in the U.S. Army’s Berlin Brigade and then began a
career in high-tech marketing. At present, he is a contributing editor for
several high-profile web sites in the technology arena. In addition to
writing, Michael Stevens is a serious amateur musician who has produced four
CDs. He lives in Berkeley,
California. Fortuna is
his first novel.
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