Scott Stevens

Stevens is a journalist, posting regularly on health and alcohol issues on among other news services. Many popular alcohologists on air and on bookshelves have stellar credentials, but few have had to eat their own cooking. Stevens blends his stunning personal 86-proof-two-liters-a-day story with thorough research into alcoholism, sobriety, relapse and recovery.

A former mutual fund industry executive, Stevens blends wit, journalistic objectivity, blunt personal dialogue and no-nonsense business perspective in his two books, 2010's What the Early Worm Gets and 2013's Indie Book Awards Finalist, Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud. He regularly addresses conferences around the country on the latest trends in the field of alcohol use disorders. 



1. Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m a health journalist who reports exclusively on alcohol and health.  I have a Master’s in Public Affairs Journalism, two books on alcoholism recovery, and I am an alcoholic in recovery. I live in the Midwest and have two spectacular children.

2. Describe your book Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud : Relapse and the Symptoms of Sobriety in 30 words or less. 
Nine out of ten ex-drinkers go back to drinking at least once.  Why do we return to the misery?  What alcoholics, families and friends need to know about relapse and how to guard against it.

3. What was the hardest part of writing your book?
I include a lot of personal material in the book.  Some of it is VERY personal reflections on my darkest days.  However, that is really important for the readers who are often faced with books and guidance from a person who has never lived a day challenged by the disease of alcoholism.  I want readers to know I HAVE been there.

4. What books have had the greatest influence on you?
Man’s Search For Meaning (Viktor Frankl), All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten (Robert Fulghum), Elements of Style (EB White), The Bible.

5. Briefly share with us what you do to market your book?
What DON’T I do to market the book!  I recently launched an app.  I am a content provider on six social media platforms.  I speak when graciously given a speaking opportunity.  I do a ton of radio interviews.  And I write news content related to my books.  I call it guerrilla marketing compared to what a publishing house provides.

6. How do you spend your time when you are not writing?
Marketing.  And spending all the time I can with the ones I love.  I should have died.  Nearly did more than once.  So I seize every opportunity I can to fill their lives with the love I have for them and for being alive.

7. What are you working on next?
A third book on alcoholism and recovery.  I have a message that touches people and saves families and lives.  So I keep giving it.  Wherever, whenever I can.

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