The Inspiration Behind To Die For
By Harold Schwartz on July 14, 2014
After more than 40 years in the financial services industry, I’ve accomplished my fair share of successes, and I’ve earned a reputation for being a bit of a thrill-seeker. But one thing my friends, family, and colleagues never expected of me was to pen a thriller like To Die For. So, naturally, I’ve gotten a lot of questions from them, all pretty much in the same line of inquiry: what inspired me to write this novel?
For much of my career, I’ve been a constant business traveler. I’m sure you’ve seen the type: the business-suited man – or woman – dragging a small carry-on as he rushes through the terminal trying to make one tight connecting flight after another.
All that time on airplanes and in airports has given me time for two things: opportunity to read thrillers penned by today’s crop of top authors; and plenty of inspiration for a thriller of my own.
I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel far and wide, and each international trip has provided me with glimpses into other cultures so different from my own. In writing this book, I’ve also drawn deeply on that experience as well as my own ventures in Wall Street and the years I have spent in New York.
Thank you for reading To Die For, my first – but definitely not my last – novel. In fact, I'm already at work on my next work of fiction, a story of a family thrown into turmoil by the revelation of an explosive secret. I'm putting the finishing touches on a children's book. And lastly, I'm well into production on an informative business book. I’d love to hear from you – constructive criticism as well as praise – so please use the contact information below to let me know your thoughts.
Until next time!
HAROLD A. SCHWARTZ