Deb Scott, author of The Sky is Green and the Grass is Blue - Turning Your Upside Down World Right Side Up! is a motivational speaker, certified professional coach, radio host, and award winning author.
Deb has battled depression, other's alcoholism, a dysfunctional family, sexual abuse and religious doubts and has emerged on the other end as a happy, successful executive who trains others to follow her path to happiness. She now teaches others the same life-changing techniques that enabled her to overcome these challenges.
A biology major in college, Deb became an award-winning sales and leadership specialist. With 20 years of background in cardiac surgery sales, she now applies her sales and business background to motivational speaking and consulting. She speaks and writes about how you can turn things around whether you're in sales, marketing, advertising, hiring, or team-building.
Hi Deb. What was your main reason for writing The Sky is Green and the Grass is Blue?
It was the book I needed to read but could never find! I knew something was wrong, but couldn't find out what it was, or how to fix it. I felt alone and without hope. If someone feels like giving up because they feel as if they've tried it all - don't! The Sky is Green is a whole new way of thinking.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
A lot, but it was ongoing for years. Having been a biology major in college, I love research, data, and studies. I tried to offer support statements and credibility to the content with facts. Of course, people don't care how much you know until they know how much you care. I care because I've lived what I write about.
The Sky is Green and the Grass is Blue has a really nice cover. How much input did you have in the cover art?
Not as much as I wanted! I learned ideas in the mind don't always translate effectively in graphic arts. I originally wanted the sky to actually be green, and the grass of the rolling hills to be blue, but the result looked more like a science fiction thriller. We had to make the paradox in the readers mind against the visual, to create pause and curiosity.
What is different about The Sky is Green and the Grass is Blue from other motivational, self-help or recovery books?
A sense of humor for one! Self-help can be a tough topic to discuss, often difficult because the subject matter is serious business. Enjoying the process is key for me, and something I wanted readers to experience on the journey through all pages. That, and lots of stories, quotes, exercises, and outside resources make it more than just a book, but I hope a companion reference guide used frequently.
What do you hope readers will take from your book?
The best is yet to come, enjoy being uniquely yourself, and don't give up 5 minutes before the miracle. No matter what sorrow, pain, or suffering you have endured or could be currently battling, there is always a greater good which can come from any bad if you have the right tools.
Do you have any favorite quotes?
My favorite, which I always close my radio show with is by Oscar Wilde; "Be yourself, everybody else is already taken!"
What is your marketing plan for The Sky is Green and the Grass is Blue?
Social Media has been terrific, having won 2 national book awards has helped credibility, and of course book reviews like yours have been a blessing. I think people read what they trust to be true, making endorsements critical. I have done over 50 national radio interviews on the book, which has been a lot of fun.
Can you share about any projects you are currently working on?
Call in Coaching launches in September, the Motivation Marathon Fallathon is coming up in October, and I have an E-Book on Happiness coming out in November - so lots going on!
In what ways can people contact you?
My website and blog: http://www.greenskyandbluegrass.com
Radio Show: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thebestpeopleweknow
Motivation Marathon: http://www.motivationmarathon.com/
Deb, is there anything else you'd like to share?
Don't give up, believe in your dreams, keep the faith, take time to laugh, want what you already have, be grateful, give away lots of love everyday, and smile.
The Sky is Green and the Grass is Blue
Author: Deb Scott
Published: December 2009
ISBN: 978-1-4490-4479-4 (Paperback)
ISBN: 978-1-4490-4478-7 (Hardcover)
If you missed my book review post of The Sky is Green and the Grass is Blue, then go to http://susannedrazic.blogspot.com/2011/08/book-review-of-sky-is-green-and-grass.html to check it out.