I've written thirteen books, two of them NYT bestsellers, and I specialize in nonfiction / true stories, particularly spirituality, biography, and memoir. I particularly love big stories with cultural or historical tie-ins, and I'm always looking for stories about unique people who overcome great challenges. Quirky, redemptive story with elements of adventure? Count me in.
I've been a part of several successful projects with publishers like Harper Collins, Thomas Nelson, W, Tyndale, New Horizon Press, Harvest House, Baker, and Tyndale. I've traveled to Israel, Turkey, Cuba, Haiti, and all over the U.S. for book projects. I've written with celebrities, heroes of the faith, athletes, explorers, and the girl (and boy) next door.
My newest book is The Sky Below, with Scott Parazynski. Scott is the only man ever to fly in space (five times!) and climb Mount Everest. He is an explorer who's lived an extraordinary life.
If you're an agent or editor, or someone with a story to tell, feel free to send me a note and let's see if it's something we can work on together.
Susy Flory is the New York Times bestselling author or co-author of eleven books. 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 upcoming 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. She is a member of the Authors Guild, serves on the board of a large regional writers group, 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.
With all the magic and wonder of a Disney movie, Painting with Metro: How a Crippled Racehorse Rescued Himself (and Me) with a Paintbrush by Ron Krajewski (with New York Times best-selling author Susy Flory) tells an inspirational story. Ron is a shy, Gulf War Air Force veteran. Metro Meteor is a feisty, bad-kneed two-year-old Thoroughbred racehorse destined for the slaughterhouse.An unlikely ... read more
Dynamic Leader Helps Women Embrace the Life They Were Created to LiveWith over seven billion people in the world, it can be difficult for women to believe they were designed for a purpose. That they individually have value, and their life has meaning that goes beyond what they see or have been told to believe. But that's just the life-changing message Debbie Lindell passionately shares and cha... read more
A Moving Story of Redemption and Second Chances Jep Robertson, the youngest son of Duck Commander Phil Robertson, and his wife, Jessica, open up about their personal trials, their early years together, and the challenges that might have destroyed them both had the grace of God not intervened. Jep describes being molested as a child and his reluctance to tell anyone until only a few years ago, ... read more
On June 19, 2001, Ryan Corbin, grandson of Pat Boone, accidently stepped through a skylight and fell three stories onto a cement floor. When he broke through that roof, Ryan fell into a very different life from the one he had before as the beloved son of Lindy Boone Michaelis and first grandson of entertainment icon Pat Boone. As Ryan lingered between life and death in intensive care at UCLA M... read more
Animal owners consider their pets God-given gifts and love to read about their exploits and adventures. With passion and heart, ardent dog lover Susy Flory offers true, inspirational stories about amazing acts of courage, boldness, and dedication by canines, including…Guide dog Roselle, who led her partner down 78 flights of stairs after the World Trade Center attack.Kaiser, who gave his owner... read more
Like any other teenage boy, Austin loves pizza, movies, dancing, and girls. But unlike most other eighteen-year-olds, he has a rare brittle-bone disease, was locked in a mental ward as a child, and is autistic. Yet Austin doesn’t let any of that stop him. His is a world where suffering a broken back is a minor inconvenience and the quest for the ultimate strawberry shake just might be the best... read more
Faith. Trust. Triumph.“I’m sorry,” the doctor said. “He is permanently and totally blind. There is nothing we can do for him.”George and Sarah Hingson looked at each other, devastated. Their six-month-old son, Michael was a happy, strawberry blond baby boy, healthy and normal in every way except one. When the Hingsons switched on a light or made silly faces, Michael did not react. Ever. “My be... read more
Susy Flory’s life was a lot like her couchcomfy, slumberous, and safe. She was a happy suburban wife and mom who enjoyed her couch-like cocoon and avoided suffering and uncomfortable situations at all costs. Then she met Rosie... Eleanor... Elizabeth... and Jane. Now, thanks to their example, her life will never be the same.So Long, Status Quo is the powerful story of how nine amazing histori... read more
Fear Not Da Vinci encourages and equips believers to shed their fear and find common ground with unbelievers. Included are anecdotes introducing readers to several different Da Vinci Code scenarios including a five-minute chat on the subway, a restaurant conversation, a book club meeting, a children s art lesson, and a conversation with a close relative. Fear Not Da Vinci also answers specific... read more
"It took months of God waking me up in the middle of the night before I realized I was the one He was calling to leave my comfortable American life and move to Haiti."Miracle on Voodoo Mountain is the inspirational memoir of an accomplished and driven 24-year old who quit her job, sold everything, and moved to Haiti, by herself―all without a clear plan of action. Megan Boudreaux had visited Ha... read more
“Scott Parazynski’s drive, curiosity, inventiveness, and great humor shine through the pages of The Sky Below and will certainly inspire future generations to pursue their dreams with every fiber in their being.” —John Glenn, NASA astronautAn epic memoir from a man whose life is defined by exploration and innovation, The Sky Below re-creates some of the most unforgettable adventures of our tim... read more
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Ghostwriter and award-winning fiction and nonfiction author. Co-author with best-seller James Patterson. Passionate about the art of story.