Alright – so today we’ve got the honor of introducing you to Breakfield and Burkey. We think you’ll enjoy our conversation, we’ve shared it below.
Breakfield and Burkey, thanks for joining us, excited to have you contributing your stories and insights. Let’s kick things off with your mission – what is it and what’s the story behind why it’s your mission?
Our work exposed us to multiple corporations across multiple business verticals. This helped on our professional career journeys and opened doors to write technical white papers. Technical white papers of the time centered on piracy of software and music being copied by folks using the library method of borrowing rather than paying. Technology had nothing in place to present this outside of trying to compel people to purchase what they needed.
We continued to write additional papers, until Auerbach commissioned us to create books on technology and migrations. These non-fiction books released almost at the same time as technology changes acerated at an astonishing rate. The technology goes out of date quickly but not the lessons learned. We learned the speed of technology shift and obsolescence early on, which helped us bake awareness of security steps into our series to help educate and protect.
Awesome – so before we get into the rest of our questions, can you briefly introduce yourself to our readers.
Breakfield and Burkey began their professional lives on the ground floor of technology. We learned the ins and outs of various telephony and data platforms companies used to deliver products and services to their consumers. The marketplace contained a handful of providers. Consultants advised businesses what to adopt into their environment and at what rate. Programmers of the now obscure languages blazed the trail to agile development methods. The return on investment of these monolithic capabilities was years, often requiring particular adaptations completed by programmers. The learning curve is shortened and allows todays’ needs to reach reality in weeks instead of months or years. Timeframes continue to compress as the connectedness of users worldwide demands more ease and flexibility in their daily lives.
Ten years ago, we turned our attention to fictional thriller storytelling to share our concerns regarding technology without guardrails and security elements for individuals. Our first novel of the series, The Enigma Factor, focuses on the threats of Identity Theft. Sadly, this single attack vector has ruined individuals and corporations with bigger targets every day at astonishing rates. We watch daily exploits of malware programs that infect computers and cripple corporations, universities, and even healthcare groups holding them for ransom. We see new Darknet threats coming at humanity every day and try to alert the public at large. We added a tag line to our website stating that Technology – Is Today’s Weapon of Choice.
We want readers and listeners to enjoy our stories and take steps to protect themselves by securing their personal information. We use an old formula of leveraging storytelling to teach important lessons. The increased use of social media and digital sharing has only amplified the potential for thieves to steal data and destroy individual lives.
We’d love to hear your thoughts on NFTs. (Note: this is for education/entertainment purposes only, readers should not construe this as advice
Non-Fungible tokens or NFTs offer a method for creators to use cryptographic tokens for their work using blockchain ledgers, securing their rights. Much like the paper trail of artwork provenance that authenticates a piece of art as well as the ownership of the unique piece.
In the case of written works, like our stories, or music, the ability to copy the work with creative technology often cheats the creator out of their rightful earnings. NFTs hold a viable key to ensuring that payment for enjoying an ebook, audible, or song goes to the author..
Blockchain ledgers are best known for their role in cryptocurrency systems. Blockchain is a distributed database shared among many nodes of a computer network greatly increasing the security of the owner and each transaction. The information is stored electronically in a digital format. We see this as the next best inroad for digital rights management.
Cryptocurrency and NFT’s are the new building blocks for monetizing author writings in what is going to be the next generation of storytelling in the Metaverse. We’re already doing workshops on this topic.
What do you find most rewarding about being a creative?
Breakfield and Burkey love storytelling. We like to grab a reader or listener and draw them into a thriller with heroes to cheer for and cyber thugs from the Darkweb to hope get beaten. Tracking these intriguing stories with dastardly criminals has allowed us to examine the possible good and evil of technology used by millions all over the world.
- Website: https://www.EnigmaSeries.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/enigmabookseries/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/roxanne.burkey.50 or https://www.facebook.com/TheEnigmaSeries
- Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlesbreakfield/ or https://www.linkedin.com/in/roxanneburkey/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/1rburkey or https://twitter.com/EnigmaSeries
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6Vz4x5ctTnx3yUhZk1OJkw
- Medium: https://medium.com/@