Susy Flory is the New York Times bestselling author or co-author of eleven books, including an upcoming memoir with NASA astronaut Scott Parazynski, called The Sky Below.
She grew up on the back of a quarter horse in Northern California and took degrees from UCLA in English and psychology, and has a background in journalism, education, and communications. She first started writing at 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. She taught high school English and journalism, then quit in 2004 to write full time.
Susy’s first book, Fear Not Da Vinci, was co-written with Gini Monroe and published in 2006. Other books include So Long Status Quo: What I Learned from Women Who Changed the World (Beacon Hill, 2009); Miracle on Voodoo Mountain (with Megan Boudreaux, Harper Collins, 2015); and The Good, The Bad, and the Grace of God, with Jep and Jessica Robertson (Harper Collins, 2015).
Susy’s runaway bestseller, Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero (Harper Collins/Thomas Nelson, 2011), co-written with Michael Hingson, 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, and spent twelve weeks on the charts. Thunder Dog was listed as a bestseller by USA Today, and featured as a Daily, Weekly, or Monthly Pick by Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and various other e-book outlets. Thunder Dog has been translated into German, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Indonesian, Dutch, Portuguese, Finnish, and Polish.
Susy and her husband, Robert, have two adult children and live in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to writing books and articles, Susy is a member of the Authors Guild and was recently named director of the West Coast Christian Writers Conference in the San Francisco Bay Area. A breast cancer survivor, Susy celebrates life by riding a crazy ex-racehorse named Stetson, hiking in the High Sierras, and skiing black diamond runs whenever she can.
You can find out more about her at www.susyflory.com