Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Meet Deborah Weed, Author of "The Luckiest Penny"



Deborah Weed has had an extensive thirty-year career in marketing/entertainment that has
included everything from being: Director of Marketing for Fame International responsible for a
26 million-dollar pavilion; Director of Development for Citibank; Creator/Producer of
“Sensations”; “The Disappearance of Dino Dinero”; “The Sticky Bun Bandits”; “Compassionate
Chip Cookies & Milk,” etc. . .

A life threatening health challenge redirected Weed’s life. She got stuck and realized that people
defined her by the circumstances, rather than by a lifetime of experiences. After regaining her
mojo, Weed decided to leap into the world of writing, inspirational speaking and coaching so that
she could provide a shortcut for others who are experiencing disappointment and feeling
misunderstood.

“The Luckiest Penny,” is Weed’s first book. “The Luckiest Penny” is the story of two rare 1943
pennies. One penny remains out of circulation, full of himself and selfish, caring only about how
much money he is worth. The other penny decides to experience living and along the way
discovers what really matters in life.

“This book was written to give children a healthy set of values that will assist them on their
journey in life. I want them to remember what is really important so that they don’t get
discouraged by life’s ups and downs,” said Weed. The book’s genre is a fable/allegory and the
illustrations by Ernest Socolov, transport the reader into the alternative world of a penny who is
tarnished and yet loved!

An all original, musical interactive production is being created and produced for “The Luckiest
Penny.” The show should be ready in November.

Weed is currently working on: a second children’s book with collaborator Ellen Brazer; a book
that shares her father’s wisdom (The working title is “Dancing on my Father’s Shoes) and a
social network to help people of all ages and background get unstuck.

Weed is also an award-winning artist. Water sculptures are the primary medium for her mixed media pieces. The result is a salubrious technique that takes color into a new arena of purity that is vivid, fluid and alive.

Born and raised in Miami, Weed is blessed with a loving family and friends that are her
champions.
More about Deborah:

15 comments:

Vivian Zabel said...

I'm delighted to meet you, Deborah, and to learn about your book.

Good job, Crys.

Gayle said...

Sounds like a delightful book, Deborah.

Katie Hines said...

How creative. I never would have thought to write a book from a penny's POV!

The Old Silly said...

Great feature post! I enjoyed reading about Deborah. :)

Marvin D Wilson

Helena Harper said...

A really interesting post, Crytalee. Deborah has had a fascinating career behind her and has another fascinating one in front of her!

I heard about Deborah and her book when I was taking part in the Children's Author Academy run by New York Times Bestselling Author, Laura Duksta, and I was immediately attracted by the title and the book's message. Writing a story from a penny's POV is right up my street and I would love to see the interactive show based on the book. Good luck with that, Deborah, and your second book as well. I'm very much enjoying being part of your social network 'Within Reach'.

Helena
http://www.helenaharper.com

Deborah Weed said...

Hi Vivian, Gayle, Katie, The Old Silly and Helena. Thank you for your vote of confidence and words of encouragement. Yet, it is true, pennies have feelings too!

Crystalee, thank you for hosting me this month. . .I really appreciate it!

Carolyn Howard-Johnson said...

Love this picture of you Deborah. Our marketing pictures should say something about the author. Sometimes they can do that with narry a prop. Yours does.

Best,
Carolyn Howard-Johnson
Tweeting writing tips at www.twitter.com/frugalbookpromo

kathy stemke said...

WOW! You've certainly accomplished many things in your lifetime, Deborah. I love your attitude about life and relationships. We all need a reminder of what's truly important.

Nancy Famolari said...

Great to meet Deborah and learn more about her book. Interesting interview!

Karen and Robyn - Writing for Children said...

It's great to learn a little about the newest member of VBT - Writers on the Move.

It's always inspirational when a person can turn lemons into lemonade!

The book title and idea are unique and I'm sure it's wonderful.

Karen

Harry Gilleland said...

It was great to learn more about Deborah, the newest member of VBT.
Deborah's book looks like a good read for children.

Cheers!

Harry

Dorothy Massey said...

Your books sound as inspirational as you are, Deborah. Thanks for a great post, Crystalee. Dorothy Massey www.kidsbooksuk.blogspot.com

Margaret Fieland said...

Deborah, nice to meet you. Your book sounds like a real winner. I love the idea of a book from the POV of the pennies.

Stephen Tremp said...

Its great to see someone with so much energy and enthusiasm. I'm sure you'll do fine in your writing endeavours. best wishes for your success.

Stephen Tremp
http://www.stephentremp.blogspot.com/

Liana said...

A very interesting book, Deborah, thanks for the information.
Good luck!
Liana