How much money is too much? And how fast is too fast in life? Author F. W. vom Scheidt answers these questions in his literary fiction novel, Coming for Money. He joins us her today at Paperback Writer for an interview while he continues on his book promotion journey with Pump Up Your Book Promotion.
About the Book:
How much money is too much? And how fast is too fast in life?
International investment firm director and author F. W. vom Scheidt, writes from his first hand-hand experience of the world of global money spinning with candor and authenticity in his remarkable literary novel Coming for Money.
As investment star Paris Smith steps onto the top rungs of the corporate ladder, he is caught between his need for fulfillment and his need for understanding; trapped 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 necessary to 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.
A talented author, vom Scheidt has confidently crafted a fast-paced, highly readable and intelligent novel. His details are fascinating. His characters are real, and not easily forgotten. 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, Coming For Money is a taut literary page-turner about a man who refuses to capitulate to the darkness in his journey into the light.
Hi F. W. Vom Scheidt,
Welcome to Paperback Writer
PBW: Will you share with us how you came up with the idea for this book?
At my last count, there are not many literary writers originating from the financial world. I write from personal experience. I write from what I know best.
In this novel I’ve written as truthfully as possible about the world of international finance – 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 money’s immense leverage for triumph or disaster doesn’t so much corrupt people as corrupt the way they treat each other . . . of how the relentless demands of the money so often deprive a person of sufficient time and energy to live through the events of their emotional and interior life.
Moreover, because our societies equate financial success with a successful life, we are often blind to the inner stories of countless people in all endeavors who, in their desperate search for inner happiness, endlessly repeat a formula for financial success even while remaining deeply unhappy due to unresolved emotional and psychological issues at their core. I wanted to bring one of these inner stories to life.
PBW: Do you plan your stories first with an outline or does it come to you as write it?
My stories come to me as a coalescing of thought and emotion. I did not plan this novel.
I sat down at the keyboard. Although I have always been a literary writer, I had no idea how I would capture my experiences in international finance in literary fiction. Without thinking, the first sentence came to me. I typed it. Then I looked at that sentence for a long time. Instinct told me that the sentence had risen from something that was deeply absorbing me, and that it was something I had to tell. I knew I had to find some way to tell it truthfully. From that point, I knew there was no way out . . . except to construct the novel.
PBW: Do you know the end of the story at the beginning?
I don’t know the exact circumstances; and often I don’t know the physical events at all.
But I do have an inherent sense of the emotional journey of the protagonist and his arrival at the end of that emotional journey.
PBW: Do you have a process for developing your characters?
I don’t have a process for developing character. I think the best way I can describe the process within myself is that I try to maintain an integrity in my life and my work that comes from struggling with questions that have no answers. My characters, no doubt, flow from this struggle in that it also becomes their struggle.
PBW: It is said that authors write themselves into their characters. Is there any part of you in your characters and what they would be?
I could perhaps best sum it up as follows. While Coming For Money is a story that advances from chapter to chapter along the corporate intrigue that beats at its heart, and continually mirrors the financial headlines of our daily newspapers, it is much more. It is an illustration of what happens to us as human beings when we lose emotional connectiveness, when we lose emotional logic. And this was how Paris Smith came to me – because he is tragically, if admirably, flawed. He is not flawed in the classic Shakespearean sense of a noble man who is brought to ruin by his own avarice or rage. His weakness is not that he lusts after wealth or power or flesh. Rather, and far more important for us in these times, he is flawed in that he never learned the great lesson of his generation: don’t become emotionally involved. Paris Smith’s weakness is that he needs, and has always needed, emotional involvement in order to sustain his life. It is for him – as, ultimately, it is for us all – as necessary as breathing. As Paris Smith refuses to relinquish his search for emotional connectiveness, he becomes a character we learn to appreciate and admire. In the sometimes stubborn, sometimes creative, battles he wages against other men in his corporation who are pitted against him, Paris Smith becomes ever more conscious of how he could stem his personal pain and loneliness by simply retreating emotionally and victimizing those around him. Or he might learn anew how to offer up his own emotional involvement. I’ll leave it for readers to see how this plays out in the end, and to decide what they may want to take away from his quest for human meaning in our contemporary world. But I hope readers will appreciate Paris Smith as much as I do.
PBW: What is your most favorite part about this book?
The writing of it.
PBW: When in the process of writing your book did you begin to look for a publisher?
Not until it was completed and polished.
PBW: What struggles have you had on the road to being published?
I imagine I’ve been extraordinarily fortunate in that a freelance editor I hired to proofread the manuscript showed it to a publisher who offered me a publishing contract.
It’s probably also worth mentioning that I have an extremely demanding career, so I did not have time to become cognizant of any waiting periods while the manuscript was being read.
PBW: What has been the best part about being published?
Being able to start a new book.
PBW: What do you want readers to remember and carry with them after reading your novel?
For me, it’s not enough to tell what; I also need to tell why. From this, I would hope that readers would experience the complete story in a way that lets them know, in our increasingly isolated society, that they are not alone.
PBW: Do you have plans to write another book?
Yes, I’ve already started something.
PBW: Would you care to share with us how the virtual book tour experience with Pump Up Your Book Promotion has been for you?
It has been wonderful.
PBW: Where can readers find your website and a copy of your book?
Thank you, F. W. vom Scheidt for sharing your book and characters with us today. It has been a pleasure and I hope you have a successful virtual book tour.