What we were thinking: The Enigma Factor #1 of the Enigma Book Series-

Author Insight –

All conventions are not created equal

We wanted to focus on a well know event that many high end geeks have attended. Though through the years the people have changed, the focus is the same. See and be seen.

Our main character Jacob is well qualified for this event and these people but this is the start of events for him that will change his life forever.

Quip has been a technologist that one only crosses paths with at odd intervals. The guys in this group are opinionated and totally not shy.

We wanted the venue to […]

What we were thinking: The Enigma Source – #10 of the Enigma Book Series-

Author Insight –

Respect your betters, especially fathers

Petra and Jacob are adults and very much in love. Working for the same organization allows them to work together as they have complimentary skill sets. That said, when the boss calls everything else is put on hold.

The boss, Otto in this case, has a knack for knowing things. It is either his age or simply logical reasoning, but he has a track record of knowing stuff as needed.

It is his discretion however that Jacob and Petra may not be totally aware of. Otto has been cheering their relationship on […]

What we were thinking: The Enigma Always #6 of the Enigma Book Series-

Author Insight –

Girl talk or gossip?

Woman really like to talk about men and pry when they can get the juicy details. In this case the conversation between Mercedes, Lara, and Petra is revealing about their perspectives.

We like to have character interactions which seem real and this was one of the easier ones. The background to this which is earlier in the chapter contains Jim’s entrance to a party with little to no warning. It promises to warm up all the ladies, especially Mercedes.

As professionals these ladies tend to not share a lot outside of a small […]

What we were thinking: The Enigma Source – #10 of the Enigma Book Series-

Author Insight –

What is the right choice to meet the objective?

Quip and Petra have known each other since childhood. They learned the business together and act like siblings. As smart, highly opinionated professionals they also tease and argue to make their points.

In this portion they are working to determine the best way to catch some of the digital thugs they’ve been tracking across the world. The technology behind digital currency is used and misused at large. The underlying blockchain processes are effective for many things but their security capabilities is a topic of ongoing discussion.

The team […]

What we were thinking: The Enigma Gamers-A CATS Tale #7 of the Enigma Book Series-

Author Insight –

Equipment on the fritz or …

The Enigma Gamers is the first deep dive into the CATS or Cyber Assassin Technology Services team. These are the feet on the street folks who go anywhere and jump into the fray like caped crusaders. Their jobs take them all over the world. They are nimble, agile, and even with planned operations, they seem to find themselves in deep trouble.

The know technology and they know when it betrays them as it does here in Australia. Automating functions is often helpful when conditions are poor for humans, but when a […]

What we were thinking: The Enigma Ignite #3 of the Enigma Book Series-

Author Insight –

Different paths may lead to unplanned discoveries

In this story we employ some potentially complex subjects like near field communications and nanotechnology functions to explore new ways of promoting communications. In this segment Petra and Jacob come face-to-face with a leading authority on untried methods of applied technology.

SuLin has always bent the learning curve to meet the long term possibilities she sees. Not only is she brilliant in technology but is one of those people who are able to map out the possible outcomes of a given problem 30-50 steps down the line.

Her methods and […]

What we were thinking: The Enigma Source – #10 of the Enigma Book Series-

Author Insight –

Don’t make her angry

Petra is one of our long time characters. She is smart, sweet, kind, and helpful to a fault. Like many of us though once you go to far she will retaliate, sometimes in unexpected ways.

In this portion of the story she is working in a hospital waiting on word of the condition of a family member. Sleep has eluded her while worry is responsible for keeping her up. Tension causes an unexpected reaction in her.

As a technologist, Petra is focused very much on helping others, but that is certainly not to […]

What we were thinking: The Enigma Dragon-A CATS Tale #9 of the Enigma Book Series-

Author Insight –

A solution can employ different approaches

We wanted to match up very different characters in this story to allow us to expand upon their capabilities and test their interactions.

Mercedes and Brayson are both solid professionals reportedly on the same team. As you will discover here they approach problems with different experience and as such the results may not be as expected. Mercedes tries very hard to color inside the lines; for Brayson there simply are no lines when coloring.

We’ve met people that don’t always work together well and yet provide some awesome results. They also […]

What we were thinking: The Enigma Source – #10 of the Enigma Book Series-

Author Insight –

Dinner and Wine, or More?

Have a nice family dinner is a great way to end the day. It works really well if you living in a nice chateau and have a cook who knows exactly which gourmet delights to create. The perfect start is of course a little wine and conversation.

Petra and Jacob live at the chateau with Wolfgang as well as work together in the family business. Often problems can be readily solved over a glass of wine and nice dinner. This night however the events took a different direction.

We wanted to set […]

What we were thinking: The Enigma Rising #2 of the Enigma Book Series-

Author Insight –

Women can always find a friend if they want

Petra has spent little time socializing in a non-business setting. Simone is much more the social animal and tends to strike up conversations far more easily. These ladies are from very different countries and backgrounds, yet sometimes people just click.

We wanted to explore the openness of Simone since she met Carlos and the tentative casual social skills Petra lacks. A pool scene with just the two of them seemed like a great beginning. Luckily the ladies did hit it off.

Check out the whole bubble and the […]