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Blind Man and Dog escape Ground Zero – Michael Hingson’s Story

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An exclusive Authorlink VIDEO interview with Michael Hingson, New York Times
bestselling author of Thunder Dog, to be released as a movie in September 2013
March 2013 Authorlink Edition

Thunder Dog by Michael Hingson
Thunder Dog
by Michael Hingson and Susy Flory
(Thomas Nelson, 2012
)
Michael Hingson with his guide dog, Africa
Michael Hingson

Susy Flory, co-author with Michael Hingson of Thunder Dog
Susy Flory

 

 

Making its debut on the New York Times best-seller list in its first week of release, Thunder Dog, by Michael Hingson continues to be a top seller in both print and e-book. Blind since birth, Hingson is inspiring thousands, giving readers a transformative look into the life and boundless capabilities of the blind.

Authorlink caught up with Michael at the Lighthouse for the Blind in Fort Worth, where he was presenting one of his many motivational talks. Here, Michael talks to Authorlink about that fateful day when he escaped from the 78th floor of Tower One with the help of his dog, Roselle. He also discusses the development of his book, together with co-author Susy Flory, and about the upcoming movie, and turning negative experiences into positive ones.

Thunder Dog is available in hard cover print, paperback print, audio and ebook at Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com, and all major book retailers. Visit Blio.com for accessible ebooks. For Autographed and Pawtagraphed copies only available for purchase through the Michael Hingson Group visit Hingson's Michael Hingson's web site.

About the Author

Michael Hingson, national ambassador for the Braille Literacy Campaign,  is a miraculous survivor of 9/11. He lives with his wife, Karen, in the San Francisco Bay Area with two guide dogs, Africa and Fantasia, and one cat, Sherlock.

Susy Flory is the author or co-author of four books, including So Long Status Quo, a memoir about nine women who changed the world. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, two children, and two dogs, Eli and Sprinkles.

·  Paperback: 256 pages
·  Publisher: Thomas Nelson ( 2012)
·  Language: English
·  ISBN-10: 1400204720
·  ISBN-13: 978-1400204724· 

About the Author:

Michael Hingson is a #1 New York Times best-selling author, technologist and motivational speaker. Michael, blind since birth, survived the 9/11 terrorist attacks with the help of his guide dog, Roselle. This story of teamwork and his indomitable will to live and thrive is the subject of his best-selling book, Thunder Dog and the major motion picture currently in production, coming in September 2013.

Michael Hingson and his guide dog, Roselle, saved dozens of lives by guiding him and his co-workers down 78 floors and out of Tower One just before it collapsed on 9/11. In Thunder Dog, Michael leads us through his moment-by-moment account from inside the tower. The book is also an inspiring look at Michael's accomplishments in life. Sadly, Roselle passed away in July 2011 but posthumously won the American Humane Association Hero Dog Award for 2012 in a star-studded gala in Beverly Hills, and televised in a special feature presentation on Hallmark Channel.

Despite being blind all his life, Michael has a master's degree in physics from University of California Irvine and is an accomplished technologist. Michael has worked with inventor, futurist, Ray Kurzweil for more than 30 years and was instrumental in the development of the first reading machine for the blind. Today, the Kurzweil brand is the preeminent name in educational software and technology for students with disabilities for which Michael is a national sales manager–improving the lives of children, students and adults with physical and learning disabilities through assistive technologies. Michael Hingson has a deep commitment to education and is Ambassador for the National Braille Literacy Campaign and also serves as Ambassador for the American Humane Association's Hero Dog Awards. Innovative Speaker's Network named Michael Hingson "one of America's top 10 educational speakers". Michael is a member of NACA and a member of the National Speaker's Association.

In countless TV and radio appearances, newspaper features and magazine articles, Michael Hingson does much more than recount his 9-11 story; he continuously explores the broader lessons of his life and experiences as a blind person in today's world and shares these lessons to educate, inspire and empower audiences world-wide. Michael has appeared on Larry King five times, and other major national broadcasts such as the Today Show, Fox and Friends, the 700 Club, Joy Behar, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and the Hallmark Channel.

About the Co-author:

Susy Flory is a New York Times best selling author who grew up on the back of a quarter horse in Northern California. She 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 for publications such as Focus on the Family, Guideposts Books, In Touch, Praise & Coffee, Today's Christian, and Today's Christian Woman.

Susy is the author or co-author of four books, including So Long Status Quo: What I Learned From the Women Who Changed the World, as well as the much-anticipated 2011 memoir she co-wrote with blind 9-11 survivor Michael Hingson, called Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero.

Susy is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA), and a CLASS certified speaker. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two children.

–Doris Booth