“Lance: A Spirit Unbroken”
Walter Stoffel is a freelance writer and publisher who specializes in human interest memoir and fiction. Though having previously participated in multiple dog and cat rescues, nothing prepared him for his life with the title character in his first book Lance: A Spirit Unbroken. His follow-up book, Arthur: The Beginning, is the fictional memoir of a young boy’s struggle to survive his childhood. The author has a rich work history that currently includes teaching GED and substance abuse counseling at local correctional facilities. He also has experience as a certified mental health screener. For many years, he lived and worked in various South American countries. Most unique occupation: chipping excess concrete off the undersides of bridges in Virginia. All his coworkers were wearing prison stripes. Mr. Stoffel is a member of the Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group, Pennwriters and Barbara’s Writing Group, a critiquing association. When not writing, he loves to read, travel, work out, and watch bad movies. The author has a B.A. in psychology and is a credentialed alcoholism and drug counselor. He lives in Canadensis, PA with his wife Clara and their rescued dog Buddy. Personal accomplishment: after having hip replacement surgery, Walter entered a marathon and finished it—dead last. Extra special personal accomplishment: surviving seven years living with the devil dog (Lance). Please visit Walter at www.lanceaspiritunbroken.com, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
About "Lance: A Spirit Unbroken"
Lance, a border collie, spends a few miserable weeks inside his owners’ house before he is thrown outside and chained, without food, water or shelter. For ten years he is kept alive by a neighbor, but remains trapped on hostile territory, tortured by people and attacked by animals. Then he and the author accidentally cross paths. When his owners threaten to get rid of him “permanently,” the author and his wife pull off a last-minute rescue and move to another town. End of story? No, just the beginning. Lance shows his gratitude by launching a reign of terror against his rescuers and anyone else he can get his teeth on. Experts and non-experts declare him a lost cause. His owners face an agonizing dilemma: Do we destroy the dog we rescued? While waiting for his fate to be decided, Lance furnishes loads of comic relief. He makes every car ride a life-threatening yet rollicking (though not to the state trooper) adventure; his Houdini-like disappearing acts defy explanation; he fouls up a drug bust; and he challenges a swan to a swimming contest—guess who wins? When Lance isn’t menacing, he’s entertaining. Fasten your seat belt and take the same crazy, emotional rollercoaster ride his rescuers took. Be warned! Lance will get into your heart and under your skin (not literally, of course!).