Welcome to Day 3 of #TheEnigmaFactor Blog Tour! @enigmaseries @4WillsPub @4WP11 @RRBC_Org #WorldPasswordDay

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Keeping Our Writing Fresh – Breakfield and Burkey

In writing our technothriller fictions of the Enigma Series, we use technology as our story’s foundation. Technology changes so rapidly, as does the consumption by businesses and individuals that we get a healthy stream of story baseline material subjects. As a result, we can pick a different focus topic yet maintain familiar characters and introduce new ones in supporting roles. Our stories are tales of cyber good guys versus cyber thugs. For example, we have focused on Identity Theft, Living Forever, Stealing the Future, Gamification, Commodity Market Hacking, Artificial Intelligence, and Cryptocurrency. These are relevant topics often appearing in world headlines and on social media outlets. These help us develop our stories and evolve our writing.

We feel we have an advantage as co-authors.  It is very effective when we review characters because we can keep each other honest on what a man or woman might say.  We draw upon our professional experience with various businesses, people, and travel which brings a realistic quality to our stories. When we use analogies to highlight a point, it is typically something that occurred. Sometimes we observe the absurdity of an event or a situation then stretch it enough to make it fascinating or even plausible. We often think about what Tom Clancy said about the difference between fictional stories and reality. Fiction has to make sense. We spend a lot of time trying to make sense of what we get in the technology space.

Our passion for technology and understanding of its continual evolution provides a relevant pool of information to draw upon. For example, the forerunner to devices today like an iPhone goes all the way back to the Enigma Machine. That device encrypted and transmitted German military secrets in World War II. We like storytelling that takes readers and listeners down a path of intrigue and makes them reflect on things like passwords or the use of social media. Today’s technical enablement online and embedded into every mobile device have helpful and harmful qualities.

Using that premise, we take a subject like Identity Theft in The Enigma Factor, put it on steroids, and mix in some clever bad actors from the darknet. Then we round up the R-Group’s cyber heroes to hose off their nefarious plans while exercising some romance coupled with travel and a dash of humor. Our diverse character universe allows us to exercise the persona needed in these different sub-plots to keep each story fresh. It permits the personalities we love and those we love to hate to grow, evolve, and thrive.

It’s terrifying to see how naïve some people behave today, especially our youth when it comes to simple things like putting a password on their phone. 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. The social engineering aspects are stunning and growing each day exponentially.

You might wonder how we take actual events and turn the scenario into a fictional story. Here is one example of identity theft.  At a convention not that long ago, a young lady and her buddy were looking at all the tables, laughing and cutting up. They stopped at our table and chatted, looked inside several of the books, and grabbed some swag promising to return later. She smiled and walked away. A few minutes later, Burkey noticed a smartphone on the table after all the visitors had moved on. It was a brand-new device that at the time cost nearly a thousand dollars. Burkey swiped the screen, and it opened immediately. All the girl’s private information was there and available. Keep in mind that the phone could have been stolen or sold in minutes, let alone the number of purchases that were possible. We deduced who the likely owner was and put ourselves on babysitting duty to keep the device safe. 

Thirty or so minutes later, the phone chirped. Yep, the owner had made a purchase somewhere else in the convention, which her device acknowledged. The anxiety must have set in as we heard a growing panic-stricken voice moving through the aisles and tables, seeking her phone. She finally arrived at our table. Burkey pulled out the phone and swiped it open. After chiding her for not having a password on it, the overall issues her carelessness exposed. Subsequently, she purchased The Enigma Factor, and put a password on her phone right after adding our photo to her device.

Current events are perfect story fodder. Granted, we take a different twist depending upon how we are telling our story. That said, both personally and professionally, we keep on top of global technology events, especially related to security. After all, Tech·nol·o·gy (tekˈnäləjē) – Is today’s weapon of choice….

If you enjoy the series, our newest The Enigma Threat has three new characters, two geeky girls, and one new love interest. One geeky girl in book 12 was a contest winner and provided a perfect role model for the needed persona. You can imagine the spirited conversation exchange when the person learned her geeky character was running an unsanctioned business model. But in the end, she laughed at how her geeky character evolved and was quite pleased. Good thing she didn’t win the Evil Genius role. Whew!

We look forward to hearing from you at Authors@EnigmaSeries.com

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63 thoughts on “Welcome to Day 3 of #TheEnigmaFactor Blog Tour! @enigmaseries @4WillsPub @4WP11 @RRBC_Org #WorldPasswordDay

  1. Thank you Robbie! I think this will be a very good read. I am “full in technics”. 😉 Thank you for introducting, and have with yours a beautiful weekend! Sunshine and 24+ degress be predicted fror here (Bavarian Siberia). :-)) Michael

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      1. thanks Robbie for this great post! And thanks Charles for sharing your process. I’d love to hear about how you produce the rousing video teasers

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    1. Liz in that cell phone incident the young lady went from all’s right with the world to “life ruined” in just 20 minutes. We also took selfies with guy at the table next to us to tease her a little. Hope the lesson stuck with her.
      Breakfield

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      1. Robbie it sounds like possibly a new business model for you to consider. The writer workshops, the meet-n-greet activities, and even some literary “scavenger hunts” to collect autographs might be something for you to build.
        Breakfield

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  2. This week I downloaded a copy of The Enigma Factor. I struggle with technology and consider myself a digital immigrant–not a digital native–coming to the tech world later in life

    Also, thrillers are not my default, so I’m primed to learn a lot from Rox and Charles. Thanks, Robbie, for graciously hosting! 🙂

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    1. Marian our compliments for your ambition to consume a new genre. We promise that the storyline is first. We understand that the technical environment can be somewhat intimidating so that is why we use funny acronyms like ICABOD and POPTARTS to make the story more “reader friendly”.
      Breakfield

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    1. Pete thanks for the well wishes. We have high hopes you will enjoy The Enigma Factor you will want to tackle the other 11 books in the series. Oh, and don’t overlook our growing inventory of short stories as well.
      Breakfield

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  3. Hi, Rox and Charles. It’s great how the two of you work together as a female/male team and are both into the cyber scene via experience. Look forward to reading your books! Thanks for shining the light on this awesome couple, Robbie. 🙂 Sharing…

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  4. Hi, Robbie, thank you for hosting Rox and Charles. I have my copy of The Enigma Factor and look forward to reading it! I love the Tom Clancy quote about fiction having to make sense while reality doesn’t! Lol. Hope your tour is a great one, Rox and Charles!

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  5. As the authors note, they will not soon run out of material. We do need to be more careful about our personal information. Convenience is not the most important factor. (K)

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  6. I refuse to store my credit card information on my phone or any site. I’d rather be inconvenienced by having to add it each time I purchase something than risk someone stealing my card info. I’m happy you were able to return the phone (and teach her a lesson). Great post, Rox and Charles. Thanks for hosting, Robbie! 🙂

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  7. A great post about their new book. Their working method seems to cover all eventualities, and their series sounds gripping. Good luck to Breakfield and Burkey, and thanks for introducing us to their work, Robbie.

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  8. Thanks, Robbie. I hadn’t stumbled across the Enigma Factor before but I was very impressed with the concept. As you know, I’m very much into technology and scifi so this is right down my alley. Excellent video trailer as well. cheers 🙂

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