This is a great question and actually has a rather involved answer. Let us take you back several years to explain.
When Burkey was in high school, she wrote a lot of poems. It was the typical fresh look at the world and people when youth discover they have an opinion. Several of the poems made it into the school paper and others were notated on yearbooks, along with other fond comments.
Breakfield had a turn as editor of the school paper which was so successful and controversial, the advisor was called on the carpet by administrators for not keeping a closer eye on the students. The school newspaper episode was a perfect example of the expression “the inmates are running the asylum”. This instilled a sense of accomplishment, opinion, and righteousness into the team and Breakfield.
Both were good in studies with writing papers a major component. Their paths crossed as professionals when we ended up at the same company. Burkey went on to work on her Master’s program using one of those tuition reimbursement vehicles offered by the employer.
Burkey wrote several technology-oriented white papers to help supplement some of the college expenses. After several of these, she suggested that Breakfield jump on the band wagon. Together they wrote several white papers on relevant for the times technology subjects including software piracy, upgrades and migrations.
With this experience as well as careers in technology we continued to write technology non-fictional white papers as well as two non-fictional technical books. Technology exploded and began gaining inroads in so many avenues and started the shift of business-driven changes to consumer-driven changes. At the same point the freshness factor of technology non-fictional writing caused Breakfield to bow out of the writing and do some career shifting.
Burkey started working on a fictional path which leveraged her knowledge of technology but allowed a fun story to be the focus. Back to the poetry side of travel, romance, intrigue and a layer of suspense. It occurred to her at one point that Breakfield might have some creative fun with this fictional side. She recalled a famous paper they had created for their MIT graduate boss which was riddled with contrived acronyms which he almost took seriously and realized her fictional story needed Breakfield’s security expertise and his humor. She has moments of humor, but they are a mere flash in the pan compared to the humor Breakfield can deliver.
Burkey presented Breakfield with a good start on The Enigma Factor. After reading, he started to have ideas on how it could be expanded, improved and other great ideas. It’s all about timing and we had a comfort level in our jobs so time was made for pursuing this fun avenue of leveraging our technology background and using all the people we had met for character development. Yep, we’ve met a lot of crazy characters.
Fortunately, we put our planning into practice to create the first book The Enigma Factor. Breakfield’s wife helped edit the creation and a book was born. We have been writing roughly two books a year since then and refining our skills along the way. We love storytelling from a perspective of engaging our readers and helping them think. More than one raving fan has commented, ‘Wow, after reading this book, I took a new look at my passwords.” Or, “That was so much fun, what are you going to come up with next.” The newest book in the series, The Enigma Source