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Author: Deb Landry

Category: Memoir

(Personality Disorders, Child Abuse, Genealogy)

Print ISBN: 978-0-9983867-8-2

Publisher: Bryson Taylor Publishing

Foreword by: Jenny Muscatell


Phone: 207-838-2146

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About Independence

In November of 2014, nearing the thirty-fifth anniversary of her father's untimely death, Deb learns the devastating news that the man she knew and loved as her biological father was not her DNA match. This unforeseen key unlocked a life-long secret to her inexplicable childhood experiences with a narcissist mother and intensified her four-decade search to understand a mother-daughter relationship. 


Independence is a memoir of secrets kept by a mother, discovered by the daughter, and a quest to find forgiveness and acceptance for the unknown. 


This heartfelt story of one woman’s journey unfolds as she uncovers the motive of her mother’s bizarre and unpredictable behavior and secrets.


Independence delves into the impact maternal emotional and psychological abuse has on a child’s life and how interrupted adolescent development sends a child to escape inward, resulting in negative internal messages of shame, fear, and never feeling good enough. 


This poignant narration reveals a child’s resilience and an adult’s quest to find solace and the true meaning of family.


Book is available in paperback, Kindle, and available in September 2020 on

About the Author

Deb Landry is an American author, philanthropist, humanitarian, businesswoman,  podcast host, and activist for children’s rights who is passionate about social awareness, raising resilient children, women and girl empowerment.  As an author, she has published several children’s books and her best-selling, award-winning memoir, Independence, A Memoir of Secrets, Discovery, and Forgiveness. 


Deb is the co-founder, President-Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of Crossroads Youth Center, a 501-c3 nonprofit organization, and serves as president of her consulting and management company, Bryson Taylor Inc. 


Deb knows first-hand how childhood trauma can psychologically affect the growth of youth and has spent over twenty-two years in her nonprofit focusing on developmental education to raise resilient and respectful youth. She empowers and mentors young women to invest in their future by finding their passion, volunteering, and getting involved in their community. 


Deb speaks on issues such as bullying prevention, safe school climates, character education, domestic violence, recreational DNA testing, forgiveness, and women empowerment. She authored the Crown CARES volunteer program (Creating A Respectful Environment in Society), which bestows over 60,000 hours of service each year across the US and Canada to various charitable organizations by Crossroads members. 


Deb believes and teaches that all women are queens. Whether they wear a crown of rhinestones or an imaginary crown, women are a symbol of strength. They are warriors, champions, survivors, and role models to other women and humanity in general.   


With over 40 years of experience in business administration, management, coaching, consulting, and publishing, Deb specialized in operational and organization management and holds post-graduate certifications in parent coaching, wedding and event planning, and professional image and etiquette consulting. 


Recognized with several awards for her work, they include a Presidential Volunteer Lifetime Achievement Honorary, Rotary’s Paul Harris Award, National Collegiate Director of the Year, UNM Director of the Year, Best in Pageantry Awards for five years in a row from Pageant Planet and the STAR Community Service Award, Deb has been interviewed and featured on NBC, CBS, national radio, and several publications including The Phoenix, USA Weekend Magazine, Raising Maine Magazine, Seventeen Magazine, Women’s Day Magazine, and Child Magazine. 


You can find Deb’s podcast and books at,, or wherever books are sold. Her new book, Summer’s Shadow, will be released in late June 2021. 


Other works include several interactive children’s awareness plays on character education and bullying prevention, best-selling Sticks Stones and Stumped, Yankee Go Home, The Comfort Zone, and Snapdragon Princess with QVC host Kim Parrish. 


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