When Safe Harbor made its debut as an ebook yesterday, I spread the word to a number of people in the financial services industry.
You see, when I’m not writing fiction, I work as a journalist. And much of my work involves talking to financial advisors, investment managers and financial analysts for articles on personal finance and about the financial services industry. I also attend a number of industry conferences. So I’m regularly in touch with people who help others get their financial houses in order.
I’m impressed with a great many of them. They’re committed, caring people who help their clients realize their dreams. And they work in a challenging business. Investment markets can be murder these days.
They sparked the idea for Pat Tierney, the central character in Safe Harbor. She cares about her clients and gets a lot of satisfaction from helping them. She’s a champion of small investors and little guys in general.
So, yesterday, I emailed some of the financial professionals I know and told them about Safe Harbor. I wasn’t sure what their reaction would be. After all, reading about a character who does a job that’s similar to yours could be a busman’s holiday.
But the response was great. Just about all of them got back to me and wished me success with the novel. Many said they would download the ebook to their Kindles or iPads later in the day. Some said they’d hold off until the paperback comes out on April 15 because they prefer “old-fashioned books.” One wondered if the financial advisor in the book was the hero or the villain. I assured him that Pat Tierney was an advisor with integrity.
I like the people I’ve met in this industry. They have a great sense of humor and they’re people people. That’s because the work they do is based on building relationships with their clients, getting to know their needs and their goals, not just making their money grow.
Safe Harbor is, in part, a tribute to them.