International speaker and bestselling author, Michael Hingson, along with his co-author Susy Flory (class of 1983), will be sharing the story behind THUNDER DOG, a #1 New York Times bestseller, at 7:30 p.m. on November 2 at Castro Valley Center for the Arts.
On September 11, 2001, Michael Hingson, a man blind since birth, escaped Tower Two of the World Trade Center in a harrowing journey down 78 flights of stairs with his guide dog, Roselle. Ten years later, his memoir Thunder Dog became a runaway bestseller. Readers of all ages continue to be inspired by Thunder Dog’s message of trust, teamwork, and Mike’s refusal to let adversity—whether it’s blindness or a life-altering event like surviving 9/11—hold him back.
During the November 2 event, Michael will also launch the long-awaited children’s book, RUNNING WITH ROSELLE. A chapter book for children 8 and up, Running With Roselle follows Mike’s childhood adventures, Roselle’s early life and training from puppy to guide dog hero, and the magical bond that equipped this team to overcome limitations to survive one of America’s darkest days.
Thunder Dog hit the New York Times bestseller list in both hardcover nonfiction and e-book nonfiction the first week of release. Thunder Dog captured the #1 NYT ranking for nonfiction e-books the week of September 11, 2011. Media outlets worldwide have covered the story of Thunder Dog, including CNN, the 700 Club, War Cry (Salvation Army), Hallmark Channel, Joy Behar Show, People magazine, Publishers Weekly, Cesar’s Way, Readers Digest, and Guideposts. Thunder Dog has also been released in large print, audio (Oasis), and translated into over 15 languages, including German, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Dutch, and Portuguese. A Cable TV production of Thunder Dog is in the works.
Susy Flory, a Castro Valley native, is the co-author of Thunder Dog. She graduated from Redwood Christian Schools in 1983 and later returned to teach English for six years at RCHS. Susy is married to Robert Flory, and they are parents of Ethan and Teddy, both of whom attended RCS. Susy’s father, Frank Srubar, was a member of the Redwood Christian Schools board in the early ’80s.
After graduating from UCLA, Susy started writing at a newspaper called the Newhall Signal with the legendary Scotty Newhall, an ex-editor of the San Francisco Chronicle and a one-legged cigar-smoking curmudgeon who ruled the newsroom from behind a dented metal desk where he pounded out stories on an Underwood Typewriter. In 2004, she began to write full time for publications such as Focus on the Family, Guideposts Books, and Today’s Christian Woman.
The author or co-author of six books, Susy has three new books scheduled for 2014. A journalist at heart, she seeks out epic stories and loves happy endings (especially involving dogs). Susy is a member of American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA), and a CLASS certified speaker. In addition to writing books and articles, Susy consults for Lightside Games, teaches at her local church, leads a 4Word Women mentoring group (affiliated with Diane Paddison’s national 4Word Women), and is a popular speaker and founder of the So Long Status Quo leadership group for emerging women leaders. Susy will be keynoting this year at the Christian Writers Seminar, Redwood Chapel, on February 21-22, 2014; the theme is “Writing to Change the World.”
Castro Valley Center for the Arts is located at 19501 Redwood Road, Castro Valley, CA. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to cvartsfoundation.org or call 510-537-3335, ext 1600. For more information about Susy’s books, go to www.susyflory.com.