About The Author
In his own words about his first novel, Van Fleisher reflects, “After 21 years with an airline, TWA, I left to do my own thing as a management consultant. That’s how it seems to work – if, for whatever reason, someone leaves a real, Monday to Friday, 9-5 job, they become a consultant. So what happens to someone who leaves management consulting after 30 years?
“First of all, you keep looking at calendars and dates to see if 30 years could possibly have come and gone that fast. Then, because you’ve been programmed, you sit down at your computer and check your messages. But that’s no fun because there are very few messages from anyone you want to hear from. But, since you’re at your computer, what else can you do? In my case, it was writing a novel.”
While this is all true, it’s only half the story. (Van is notoriously modest.)
The author was Director of International Marketing with TWA, and then worked as an International Management Consultant – taking him behind the closed doors of boardrooms and executive offices around the world. He knows how business works, which gives the slightly “sci-fi” premise of Final Notice a very realistic feel.
Moreover, his two careers led him to live abroad for much of his life. After growing up in New Jersey and Florida, where he never thought much further than the length of a football field, and going to college in New Mexico, he wound up living in England, Scotland and France, travelling frequently to the Middle East and Asia. He even spent a year living in India. And his first-hand experience with – and respect for – other cultures is apparent in this book.
“My first advice to aspiring writers,” says Fleisher, “is to get a good assistant. Someone who never rolls their eyes at your attempts to be funny, always gives you a reason to get up and stretch your legs, and most importantly, when you ask him or her what they think about this sentence, they just wag their tail.
“Even better advice, once given to me, is to enjoy the process and listen to your heart more than anything or anyone else!
“Final Notice is meant to highlight my concerns with America’s approach to gun ownership, the growing prejudice against immigrants, and our broken political system. This book won’t fix these issues, but there are a number of great organizations with even greater people working on our behalf to right the wrongs of life in the U.S. today. Proceeds from this book will go towards supporting those organizations.”
“I hope you’ll enjoy reading it and I’d love to get your comments. Feel free to send me a message through the contact form.”