Worthington, OH, December 23, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- Marala Scott’s already surprising accolades have been surpassed today by the commendation of Oprah Winfrey, who has saluted the first-time author as an ‘Ambassador of Hope.’ What started as just a woman in Ohio writing a book to tell her mother’s powerful story has become a catalyst for discussions on domestic violence and child abuse across the whole country.
With an Alexa Ranking of 1,854, and a page rank of 7, Oprah.com is one of the most-visited sites on the internet. An appearance there is enough to launch a successful career for any author. Ms. Scott and Mr. Parker, however, don't view today's breakthrough as a victory for themselves, but rather as a victory for their message.
Their memoir, In Our House: Perception vs. Reality, recounts Ms. Scott's horrific childhood in a household of abuse. Ultimately, she forgives her father for his evil actions, and encourages readers with similar pasts to do the same. When the couple speaks, they focus on the "Indicators of an Abuser," helping people recognize potentially abusive patterns in others (and in themselves).
In Our House was published by Seraph Books, LLC, on November 1st, 2008, and subsequently picked up by Ingram's, the world's largest book distributor. Since then, it has been praised by actor/musician Tyrese Gibson, featured on Oprah's Angel Network, and won several awards, including the 2008 National Indie Excellence Award and second place for Memoir of the Year at the 2009 Premier Book Awards.
Marala and Tré have since spoken at colleges, high schools, and women's centers across the country, addressing the unique topic of domestic violence prevention. They focus primarily on the tool that they developed, the "Indicators of an Abuser," as well as on common perceptions of abuse versus the reality of its omnipresence. Many of the hosting organizations have already requested that the couple return for a repeat engagement.
This book, which started out a year ago as a little-known memoir from an obscure publishing company in Ohio, has now grabbed the attention of one of the most influential people in American culture. Today's news, along with the fervent support the authors and their message have throughout the country, signals the beginning of a new stage in the national conversation on domestic violence.
Ms. Scott is continuing her speaking tour into 2010. For additional information on Ms. Scott, Mr. Parker, the book, or having them share their unique message for your audiences, contact Walker Pfost or visit www.inourhousebook.com. In Our House: Perception vs. Reality is available at any bookseller nationwide.