Bruce Olav Solheim was born in Seattle, Washington, to Norwegian immigrant parents. Bruce was the first person in his family to go to college. He served for six years in the US Army as a jail guard and later as a helicopter pilot and is a disabled veteran. Bruce earned his Ph.D. in history from Bowling Green State University in 1993. Bruce is a distinguished professor of history at Citrus College in Glendora, California. He was a Fulbright Professor and Scholar in 2003 at the University of Tromsø in Norway. Bruce has published twelve books and has written ten plays, five of which have been produced. The Bronze Star won two awards from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. The Epiphany was commissioned by the Kingdom of Norway and funded for a full production run with the original American cast. Bruce founded the veterans program at Citrus College and cofounded Boots to Books, the nation’s first college-credit transition course for veterans. Bruce is also a co-founder of Lockdown Theatre, which has produced three streamplays (online, live, remote actors) during the COVID-19 pandemic. He has published a trilogy of non-fiction paranormal books: Timeless, Timeless Deja Vu, and Timeless Trinity. Bruce has also published a comic book and a graphic novel featuring an alien hybrid character named Snarc. He has been on Coast to Coast several times and was a featured speaker at Contact in the Desert. Bruce is married to Ginger and has four children and two grandsons. As our Author of the Day, he tells us all about his book, Anzar.
Please give us a short introduction to what Anzar is about.
Anzar the Progenitor is a non-fiction book about my continuing contact with an ancient alien mystic. The book provides a research-based foundation for what I call the Quantum Nexus which is heavily footnoted and also full transcripts of my spirit walk communication with Anzar over the last three years. Included at the end of the book are 45 of the most profound things that Anzar has said along with some of his prophecies.
What inspired you to write this book?
I have written three previous paranormal books that focused on 89 paranormal events in my life including meeting Anzar (Timeless, Timeless Deja Vu, and Timeless Trinity). I felt it was necessary to have another book just devoted to Anzar because his messages are so important.
Tell us more about Anzar. What makes him so special?
He is an ancient alien mystic who was the first contact for us on Earth. He has given us nudges in our development and he is still doing so. He says that we are all about to take a leap of consciousness into an Era of Reconversion where we will regain what we had lost from ancient indigenous cultures and couple that with modern science along with extraterrestrial technology and wisdom.
How much research did this book require from you?
The first half of the book is based on my research in developing my Quantum Nexus theory (the alien, spirit, and quantum worlds are all the same thing). Nearly 300 footnotes. A few years it took to write.
Besides writing, what other secret skills do you have?
Telepathy, mediumship, psychokinesis, but they are not secret.
You served in the US army for 6 years - how has this influenced your writing?
My military service comes into play every day. My motto is “don’t be a bully and don’t be a victim.” You need to be prepared to defend the innocent and yourself, but you must also always operate from a position of love. That can be a tricky balance.
You are a professor of history. In which way could knowing our history shape our future?
An understanding of the past and cycles of history can help you prepare for the future and avoid making the same mistakes repeatedly. History begins and ends with the individual. Our individual histories are woven into the fabric of our nation’s history. Every American voice is important in that history.
Where does your fascination with the paranormal come from?
As I said in Timeless, “it is not that I believe in ghosts, it’s that they believe in me, so I’ve no choice.” I have led a paranormal life since age four. I have experienced, ghosts, angels, demons, telepathy, psychokinesis, mediumship, alien contact, cryptids, and more.
What was your greatest challenge when writing Anzar?
Getting his permission. He told me that it has to be true and honest. I had to be careful not to let my creative writing instincts stray from what was presented to me.
When starting on a new book, what is the first thing you do?
I am compelled to write what I write whether it is a book, a play, a song, a poem, or a comic book. Once I am pushed into it, I conduct research and start writing right away without delay. I want to capture the creative and inspirational moments that are like butterflies that flutter through our lives randomly.
Tell us more about the cover and how it came about.
I asked my editor to find a wise-looking old man in a robe. It turned out to be a little scary, but life is scary, and knowledge can be scary. The learning process takes us out of our comfort zones. Besides, when you meet an alien for the first time, everyone is traumatized.
Do you have any interesting writing habits? What is an average writing day like for you?
I love early mornings and I have a notepad by my bed, or I take notes in my phone in the middle of the night.
What are you working on right now?
A new comic book called Dr. Jekyll Alien Hunter. It is a spinoff from my Snarc comic book universe. She is an anthropologist who studies ancient aliens. A great role model for young women and girls. She is not a superhero or a supermodel. She is an academic with great physical and moral courage and resourcefulness.
Where can our readers discover more of your work or interact with you?