The Full Story
At the moment, I'm in the third stage or career of my working life, and through all of them, I consider myself fortunate.
My first career was with an airline, Trans World Airlines, aka TWA. I began as a part-time reservation agent and learned some critical lessons for the years ahead. The first lesson I learned was persistence. I was told that TWA wasn’t hiring, but I brought in my resume/cv and sat in the reception area for hours until the manager gave in and granted me an interview. I left that interview as an employee and spent the next 21 years in reservations, sales, marketing, and senior management.
Along the way, I learned, mostly through trial and error, how to manage and effectively work with people and, importantly, how to work smarter. I experienced staff cutbacks and learned how to do more with less, first as a necessity and then as good business practice. I used data to engage staff and manage the operation, and I learned the greatest lessons of all by traveling to dozens of countries and meeting and working with the people of the world.
Career two, management consulting, was a continuation of learning, including the realization that most businesses faced similar problems and that management consultants used techniques, usually identified by acronyms, that were sometimes regarded as miracle cures or silver bullets by our clients. Some of these bullets didn’t last long or were used incorrectly, but I had to marvel that they were mostly just labels for all the practical, common-sensical things I had been doing all along.
I was fortunate to work with three different management consultancies that delivered practical solutions with defined and promised deliverables that positively affected both our clients and their people’s satisfaction. During my 30 years in the industry, I worked with hundreds of clients in over 30 countries across dozens of industries, solidifying my belief that all people have more in common with each other than differences and that all companies, regardless of their industry, are basically the same at their core.
What I hadn’t realized then was that my extensive traveling on airplanes for over 50 years was preparing me for the third stage in my life. Reading was the only protection against terminal boredom, and thanks to my fellow writers, James Patterson, Tom Clancy, and many others, I survived thousands of flights through the distraction afforded by reading their books. And so, when I decided to retire from full-time consulting work, I borrowed some of the skills I had learned from the best to tell a few stories of my own.
My first novel, FINAL NOTICE, was written to highlight my concerns with America’s low esteem for the elderly, our approach to gun ownership, the growing prejudice against immigrants, and our broken political system. Happily, it seemed to hit the mark, as attested by a good number of readers, and I was really pleased when a reviewer from a well-respected literary organization likened my writing to Patterson and Clancy. (It’s too bad my accountant doesn’t see the similarities.)
The response encouraged me to write a sequel, FINAL ACT, and then a third book, more science-fiction than the others, FINAL CHANCE, that rounded out the FINAL TRILOGY.
I'm not a techie, but I'm fascinated by technology, and I learned to publish my books independently, albeit with real editing help. My many years of writing newsletters gave me the confidence to write a business book, which I originally intended to ghostwrite. That should be completed in 2023, and I also hope to have finished or nearly finished a new thriller.
Finally, based on the sheer number of reviews that wanted my first two books to become movies or TV shows, I've begun to write a screenplay based on them.
Let me wrap this up by repeating something you may have heard from others or from deep inside your brain, everyone has at least one story to tell, and if you feel you have one and don't know where to start, get in touch. If I can do it, so can you