It’s my pleasure to welcome May’s #RRBC SPOTLIGHT AUTHOR – the dynamic duo, Breakfield & Burkey!
How we feel when other people talk about our writing
Authors Breakfield and Burkey
This is an interesting topic for discussion. Having recently attended an authors’ workshop, we spent a lot of time giving and taking feedback. When you talk about writing or listening to others talk about yours, we find there are two tracks to consider. Someone can attack you personally rather than talk about the various writing aspects. For example, when you introduced John, you failed to provide the reader with enough detail to get them to draw a picture in their mind or connection. This far nicer than something like, That John guy you added was about as useless as your writing. You need to take your ideas into a dark hole and flush them out, before thrusting onto the public at large. A bit harsh at best.
As an author we inherently expect all our targeted audiences to love our product. In our case that is a TechnoThriller story. The Breakfield and Burkey formula for that genre is real technology applied to a specific subject focus, such as cryptocurrency as in The Enigma Source, with characters who have real life backgrounds, travel, intrigue, mystery, and a dollop of humor. Not everyone who uses smart devices, likes a bit of complexity in their stories, or even appreciates applied technology. What we hope for are readers who fall in love with the stories and return for the growing character universe and the next immersive story we craft so our readers and listeners become our raving readers and voracious listeners.
Then there are written reviews, which we also consider other people talking about our writing. Kirkus Reviews has provided comments on every one of our stories https://www.kirkusreviews.com/ which has helped each subsequent story improve. In fact, one of their comments was regarding Julie and Juan who we had paired up to work a specific story angle. The comments Kirkus made were so favorable we decided to do a fork in the series at book #7, The Enigma Gamers – A CATS Tale, to explore their new business of feet-on-the-street cyber technicians. We recently released this in audiobook format with our fabulous narrator, Derek Shoals, our voice of the series.
Reading all the reviews are something Burkey takes seriously culling over the new ones each morning. It is more important than ever for fans to do a lot of reviews so she can make a day of reading them. If they are mean spirited, she is depressed and tries to analyze all the innuendoes whether stated or imagined. One extremely mean review was a personal attack that questioned our professional careers. In an effort to seek clarity an email exchange was done by Burkey which allowed further pointed comments to be made. Some people love being “trolls” based on the anonymity of the Internet today so they can launch unfounded attacks without having to look the person in the eye. It’s a real shame, as this process only demonstrates a lack of personal integrity.
Constructive feedback is something Breakfield and Burkey appreciate. We try very hard to be mindful of our fans and their enjoyment of our stories. The commentary we have received on various characters’ and their evolution have made us smile. People tend to evolve just like our characters do. Some in good ways and others in poor ways. In our stories the bad actors do eventually receive their just deserts.
One reviewer’s comment on book #10 The Enigma Source really stuck out when they lamented “I didn’t want to feel sorry for Mathias…but I couldn’t help myself.” When a reviewer admits your story got to them, you are becoming a good storyteller.
We very much look forward to hearing your comments or seeing your reviews. You can reach us directly at Authors@EnigmaSeries.com.
Take care – 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.
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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.
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Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting with today’s guests. You can follow along the rest of their exciting month by visiting the RRBC website.
Until next time……………………………… Happy Reading!!