How Do You Keep Your Writing Different?
Authors Breakfield and Burkey
In writing The Enigma Series, TechnoThriller Fiction, we have technology as the backdrop. Technology changes so frequently as does the consumption by businesses and individuals. As a result, we are able to pick a different focus topic for each book and maintain common characters but also introduce new ones. Our stories are tales of cyber good guys versus cyber thugs. For example, we have focused on Identity Theft, Living Forever, Stealing the Future with AI (artificial intelligence), Gamification, distorting the data driving commodity markets, and Cryptocurrency. These are relevant topics often in the headlines and social media outlets which helps us keep our writing evolving.
We also feel we have an advantage as co-authors. It is very effective when we review characters that are guys or gals because we tend to keep each other honest on what one might say over another. We can draw upon our professional experience and travel which brings the realistic quality to our stories. When we use analogies to highlight a point it is typically something that actually occurred.
Our passion for technology and understanding of the evolution provides a relevant pool of information to draw upon. For example, the forerunner to devices today like an iPhone go all the way back to the Enigma Machine used for encrypting military secrets by the Germans in WWII. We like to tell a fun story that takes readers and listeners down a path of intrigue, but also make them reflect on things like passwords or use of social media. We like to take today’s real technical offerings, put it on steroids, mix in some clever bad actors from the Dark Net, then round up the cyber good guys to hose off their nefarious plans while exercising some romance coupled with travel and a dash of humor. We know how to leverage our character universes in different sub-plots to keep each story fresh.
It’s very scary today how naïve some people, especially our youth are when it comes to simple things like putting a password on their phone. Not only do most phones have credit card information they also have addresses of friends, photos of family, and a clear view of the preferences of an individual. What an easy way for someone to take advantage of some poor soul.
This is where we have taken actual events and turned it into a fictional story about identity theft. At a convention one time a young lady was having so much fun that she left her smart phone on our table and walked away. Thirty minutes later she came back in a panic asking about it and we returned it to her but only after chiding her for not even having a password on it. She is now the proud owner of cell phone pics of Breakfield & Burkey. We thanked her for the story material.
Current events are also something we draw upon in our stories. Granted we take a different twist on it due to how we are telling our story. Staying current in the world events and technology is very important to us. Afterall, Tech·nol·o·gy (tekˈnäləjē) – Is Today’s weapon of choice…. For Book 12 we are seeking two geeky girls with big mouths and one guy to be the man in one of our favorite character’s life. If this is you let us know and the bragging right are yours.
Take care – Breakfield and Burkey
About Breakfield and Burkey
Breakfield is a 25+ year technology expert in security, networking, voice, and anything digital. He enjoys writing, studying World War II history, travel, and cultural exchanges. He’s also a fan of wine tastings, wine-making, Harley riding, cooking extravaganzas, and woodworking.
Burkey, a 25+ year applied technology professional who excels at optimizing technology and business investments for customers all over the world with a focus on optimized customer experiences. She writes white papers and documentation but has a marked preference for fiction.
Together they create award-winning stories that resonate with males and females, young and experienced adults, and bring a fresh new view to technology possibilities today https://www.EnigmaBookSeries.com.