Alten is the author of Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror, a science fiction story about a Carcharodon megalodon, a prehistoric 70-foot shark. The book is currently being made into a motion picture with Rainn Wilson and Jason Statham. Alten, who also writes under the pen name L.A. Knight, is a Philadelphia native who now lives in West Palm Beach. His newest book is Dog Training the American Male, a funny look at the dynamics between husbands and wives. "The book came about after a bad argument with my wife. In the middle of the fight, she yelled at our dog, and the dog reacted, doing what he was trained to do,'' said Alten, 57. "I realized, wow, men and dogs are really a lot alike, and if dogs can be trained, men can too.''
What's on your nightstand?
I'm actually reading work by Dr. Steven M. Greer. We are working on a project together. He is the foremost authority on extraterrestrials.
Do you believe in UFOs?
Yes. There are millions of people who have sightings. It happens all the time.
You made your name as a sci-fi author. Were you into science fiction and fantasy as a kid?
I liked science fiction, but I loved reading about sharks. I did read a lot of Ian Fleming and his James Bond books, and I also loved Dracula.
Did you do a lot of research for Meg?
I did quite a lot but there was not a lot out there at the time. I had to sort of focus on the great white shark and go outward from there. They have the same sensory arrays.
Did you always want to be a novelist?
No, I wanted to coach basketball.
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