Awards and Praises


Oct. 5 2012
Deborah Elizabeth Merriman, Author, received an official Proclamation from Jason Buelterman, Mayor, City of Tybee Island, and the members of the Tybee Island City Council in recognition for her achievements and accomplishments and welcomed her back to her Tybee Island home.

Oct. 4 2012
Deborah Elizabeth Merriman, received a letter of congratulations and continued success in literary efforts from the Office of the Mayor, Savannah GA, Edna Branch Jackson, Mayor, on behalf of the Savannah City Council and citizens of the community. The letter was presented to Deborah by the Honorable Mary Osborne, Vice Chairman of Savannah City Council. The letter was an unexpected surprise to Ms. Merriman while she was being interviewed by Tim Guidera and Jodi Chapin on the WTOC Mid-Morning talk show.

June 2012
Hiding Places A Memoir from the Pirate Prince of Tybee Island, this book title was 1 of 6 books featured in Ingram's June 2012 BEA issue of Advance. Advance is a renowned publication in the book industry.

Community Service
Deborah Elizabeth has been recognized for her participation in community service through the American Red Cross Flood Reliefs, The Salvation Army Flood Relief of North Dakota, Habitat for Humanity-Partners in Homes for Habitat Atlanta; Jaycees Empty Stocking Fund; Hands-On-Atlanta; and Center for Puppetry Arts. She is a recipient of the Lee Burge Award of Excellence in Outstanding Achievements and Contributions to the Atlanta Community.


"Merriman brings to light the incompetence of family services and the child protection legal system from the late 40s until her day of maturation and how her own family abused and neglected her emotionally, mentally, and physically. Her survival techniques as a small child, combined with her deep faith in God, got her through trials most humans could not endure. I am in awe of her strengths, talents and unique beauty."
Jeanie Pantelakis, Literary Agent

"A triumph of spirit! What a journey! Beautifully and soulfully written!"
Lori McNichol
Zagat Habib

"I think Deborah Elizabeth's story is captivating, touching, humorous, and enchanting. Her story definitely should be told."
Richard Creel, Editor

Carolyn Otness Benton
Book Cover Design

Victoria Hobbs Olsen

Jeanie Pantelakis
Agent-Sullivan Max Literary Agency

Alex Neely
Portrait Photographer

Melvin Palmer
Web Developement