F. W. vom Scheidt is a director of an international investment firm. He works and travels in the world’s capital markets, and makes his home in Toronto, Canada. He is also the author of a new book, Coming for Money (Blue Butterfly Book Publishing), a remarkable and provocative novel about the world of international finance and the human quests for success, understanding and love. You can visit his website at http://www.bluebutterflybooks.ca/titles/money.html.
Thank you for this interview, F.W. Can you tell us what your latest book, Coming for Money, is all about?
Coming For Money is a novel about the world of international finance and the human quests for success, understanding and love. Because it reflects the questions that I continually ask about life, it is provocative. It is also fast-paced, honest, and deeply felt. The central character is a man caught between the unrelenting demands of imminent success or failure in his career, and his private heartbreak over the loss of love in his life.
The story focuses on an investment executive, Paris Smith. As he steps onto the top rungs of the corporate ladder, he is caught between his need for fulfillment and his need for understanding; between his drive for power and his inability to cope with his growing emptiness where there was once love. When his wife disappears from the core of his life, his loneliness and sense of disconnection threaten to overwhelm him. When he tries to compensate by losing himself in his work, he stumbles off the treadmill of his own success, and is entangled in the web of a fraudulent bond deal that threatens to derail his career and his life.
Forced to put his personal life on hold while he travels nonstop between Toronto, Singapore and Bangkok to salvage his career, he is deprived of the time and space to mourn the absence of his wife and regain his equilibrium.
In the heat and turmoil and fast money of Southeast Asia, half a world from home, and half a life from his last remembered smile, he finds duplicity, friendship and power — and a special woman who might heal his heart.
It’s a deeply felt story about the isolation of today’s society, the prices great and small paid for success and the damages resulting from the ruthless exercise of financial power. It is also a story about a man who refuses to capitulate to the darkness in his journey into the light.
Is this your first novel? If not, how has writing this novel different from writing your first?
It is the first of my writing that I have wanted to be widely circulated. I have always been a writer, always written. Always. But I have also had a successful career outside of writing. There was nothing different about this writing except the larger collaborative effort of interacting with the editing and production team of my publisher.
How difficult was it writing your book? Did you ever experience writer’s block and, if so, what did you do?
I did not find it difficult to structure, plot or complete my novel. I have been fortunate to have a life rich in experience. My task, as I saw it, was always to maintain my focus on writing truthfully.
I never experienced writers block. Far from it, the demands and responsibilities of my career always left me with insufficient time to write; so I always came to the writing with pent up writing within me … and pent up need to write.
How have your fans embraced your latest novel? Do you have any funny or unusual experiences to share?
To date, my primary fans have been editors who have followed my literary writing set in the non-literary world of international finance. They have always been supportive and encouraging, and always patiently promoted that I bring a book to print.
I’ll hope, now I that have released this novel, it will receive support and understanding, and find new fans, among my readers.
What is your daily writing routine?
I have no daily writing routine.
I work in the international financial markets where there is no typical day.
In fact there really isn’t even a day; money never sleeps … and there is always a market open somewhere 24-7.
I write when I can.
When you put the pen or mouse down, what do you do to relax?
I have significant responsibilities in my daily work.
I write when I put down everything else.
What book changed your life?
In some small way, every book I have ever read has left something in my life.
If I actually had to name a favorite book, it would be Ernest Hemingway’s Islands In The Stream.
If someone were to write a book on your life, what would the title be?
I honestly don’t know how to answer that question.
Finish this sentence: “The one thing that I wish people would understand about me is…”
There is no one thing that is true … it’s all true.
Thank you for this interview F.W. I wish you much success!