Giveaway & Interview: Carey Nachenberg, Author of The Florentine Deception

NachenbergTheFlorentineDeceptionEveryone, please welcome Carey Nachenberg to the blog today! He’s here to chat about favorite movies, the difficulties of writing a novel, virus hunting, and more!  If you want to find out about the GIVEAWAY, then scroll to the bottom.

Q: If you could, what book/movie/TV series would you like to experience for the first time all over again and why?

A: I’d love to watch Back to the Future for the first time, again. The movie was mind blowing – it had the perfect combination of comedy, science fiction, and a wonderful story.

Q: What has been your worst or most difficult job? How does it compare to writing?

A: I’ve only held one job during my adult life – as a professional computer virus hunter at Symantec (makers of Norton AntiVirus). I’ve had some pretty tough challenges designing security software that outsmarts the hackers, but nothing has been more difficult than writing and publishing The Florentine Deception. Before I found a publisher, I was rejected by nearly 200 different agents and had to do six major rewrites – I’d never experienced so much rejection in my entire life. So comparatively, my day job is a breeze.

Q: If you could own a famous or historical art work, what would it be? Would you put it on public display or keep it privately?

A: I’d definitely want to own Van Gogh’s Irises painting. Its vibrant blue flowers just make me happy when I look at them. Assuming I could keep it safe, I’d want to make it available for everyone to see – it’d be a shame to hide such beauty from the world.

Q: If everyone came with warning labels, what would yours say?

A: I don’t know if that’d be appropriate for a general audience, but let’s just say that you don’t want to be around me after I eat broccoli and salmon.

Q: Is there a book to movie/TV adaptation that you found excellent? Is there a PC game to book adaptation that worked for you?

A: My favorite movie adaptation was the Harry Potter series. As exciting as the novels were, I felt the books really brought the story, its characters, and its magic to life.

Q: What were you like as a kid? Did your kid­self see you being a writer?

A: As a child, I was either outdoors playing with the neighborhood kids or locked in my room tapping away at my computer. Either way, I hated writing and consistently received mediocre grades in English classes. If you had suggested that one day I’d publish a mystery novel, I would have fallen on the floor in a fit of laughter.

Q: What do you do when you are not writing?

A: I’m the chief engineer at Symantec – maker of the popular Norton AntiVirus security product. So technically, I’m an honest-to-goodness virus hunter – and I’ve spent the last 20 years writing software to fight hackers. I also am a professor of Computer Science at UCLA – I volunteer part-time and teach Computer Science to eager freshmen. Finally, I’m an avid rock climber; I climb with students and friends in the local Santa Monica mountains.

Q: What is a recurring or the most memorable geeky argument or debate you have taken part in?

A: Norton AntiVirus vs. McAfee – which is better: But since the answer is obvious, I’m not even going to bother to give my point of view.

Q: You have to run an obstacle course. Who do you invite along (living or dead, real or fictional)? Will there be a tasty libation involved?

A: I’d have to invite Linda Reynaud, the female lead character in my novel. Linda is resourceful, gritty, and physically quite strong – all useful skills to have in an obstacle course.

CareyNachenbergAuthorAbout Carey Nachenberg

Carey Nachenberg is Symantec Corporation’s Chief Engineer and is considered one of the inventors of Norton AntiVirus. As Chief Engineer, Carey drives the technical strategy for all of Symantec’s core security technologies and security content. He has led the design and development of Symantec’s core antivirus, intrusion prevention and reputation-based security technologies; his work in these areas have garnered over eighty-five United States patents.

In addition to his work in the cyber-security field, Carey has also recently published his first novel, a cyber-security thriller entitled “The Florentine Deception,” and is donating all proceeds from sales of the novel to charities supporting underserved students and veterans. Carey holds BS and MS degrees in Computer Science and Engineering from University of California at Los Angeles, where he continues to serve as Adjunct Professor of Computer Science.

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NachenbergTheFlorentineDeceptionSynopsis of The Florentine Deception

A seemingly mundane computer clean-up leads to an electrifying quest for an enigmatic—and deadly—treasure in this gripping techno-thriller.

After selling his dorm-room startup for millions and effectively retiring at the age of twenty-five, Alex Fife is eager for a new challenge. When he agrees to clean up an old PC as a favor, he never expects to find the adventure of a lifetime waiting for him inside the machine. But as he rummages through old emails, Alex stumbles upon a startling discovery: The previous owner, a shady antiques smuggler, had been trying to unload a mysterious object known as the Florentine on the black market. And with the dealer’s untimely passing, the Florentine is now unaccounted for and ripe for the taking. Alex dives headfirst into a hunt for the priceless object.

What starts out as a seemingly innocuous pursuit quickly devolves into a nightmare when Alex discovers the true technological nature of the Florentine. Not just a lost treasure, it’s something far more insidious: a weapon that could bring the developed world to its knees. Alex races through subterranean grottos, freezing morgues, and hidden cellars in the dark underbelly of Los Angeles, desperate to find the Florentine before it falls into the wrong hands. Because if nefarious forces find it first, there’ll be nothing Alex—or anyone else—can do to prevent a catastrophic attack.

The author is donating all of his proceeds from sales of The Florentine Deception to charities to help underprivileged and low-income students.

1,620 books sold,  $8,173.00 donated as of December 31st (with $182 pending)!

Let’s help him reach his goal of selling 2,000 books and donating $10,000!

Visit to see the list of charities.

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