F. W. vom Scheidt is a director of an international investment firm. He works and travels in the worldâ€™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.
Thank you for this interview, F.W. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how long youâ€™ve been writing? I am a director of an international investment firm and work and travel in the worldâ€™s capital markets. I have always written. Always.
Can you please tell us about your book and why you wrote it?
I write from personal experience; I write from what I know best.
In this novel Iâ€™ve written as truly as possible of the world of international finance â€” not with the over dramatization so common in film and television, but with an intimate telling through a first-person narrative … of what it can be like to labour in the world of money spinning … of how the moneyâ€™s immense leverage for triumph or disaster doesnâ€™t so much corrupt people as corrupt the way they treat each other … of how the relentless demands of the money so often deprive you of sufficient time and energy to live through the events of your emotional and interior life.
As much as this is a story of conflicts between people, it is also a story of the conflicts of a man with himself: with his doubts over his abilities; with his guilt about how he has failed and hurt others; with his heartbreak of losing at love when he needs most to be loved; with his anger at being betrayed in his marriage and in his career; and with his fears of failure.
Yet I have tried to tell this story in a way that will let others in our increasingly isolated society know that they are not alone. I have also tried to say something about the value of not surrendering to the seduction of victimizing others as a defence against being victimized. In writing a narrative about not giving up, I attempted to capture something true and evocative about how all journeys toward the light begin in darkness. And I have offered readers some assurance that, of such journeys, they can become restored to wholeness.
What were some of the biggest challenges you faced writing it?
Seeking out one truth at a time.
Do you have an agent and, if so, would you mind sharing who he/is is? If not, have you ever had an agent or do you even feel itâ€™s necessary to have one?
Did you, your agent or publisher prepare a media blitz before the book came out and would you like to tell us about it?
I went with Pump Up Your Promotion.
Do you plan subsequent books?
Thank you for your interview, F.W. Would you like to tell my readers where they can find you on the web and how everyone can buy your book?
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