Deborah Grate Frink was born December 16, 1972 on a small farm in Loris, South Carolina. She is the last seedling of thirteen children. Her parents believed in working
hard to earn money and saving the money they earned. At an early age, Deborah had to learn to focus on the today and let the
tomorrows tend to the future. As she grew up, she was exposed to nothing but mere farm work. From sun up until sun down, she
and her family had to work in the fields during the hot, parching summers. Her mother sung hymns while she prayed for a better
day. Constantly fanning and pondering for escape scheme, she was impelled to a slave frame of mind, conscious of the generational
pattern already set for her. “The only thing a Black person could apprehend appropriately was manual labor, or farm
work.” That’s what Deborah thought for many years. Never in her life did she once view herself as being worthy
or capable of stepping outside the boundaries of farm life. As her mother gathered the family together with her famous chicken
bog, her throbbing soul began to heal as she listened to her family members crack jokes and tell stories about their past
experiences. Despite the learning discrepancy between her home and school life, ordeals did not
hinder her mental growth. She sheltered herself in the grasp of her family, while the effects of the blistering sun
prompted her to envision the unfamiliar world. Through her visions, opportunity presented itself. All her life, she read or
heard about the great explorers who discovered new land, gaining great riches. But in her mind, she only wanted to gain enough
wealth to quench her thirst and feed her hunger, not just for food, but for the knowledge to prevail over misery.
Deborah Grate Frink overcame the battered visions and torn aspirations by finally graduating
from Coastal Carolina University
with a B.A. in education. She currently holds a position as a teacher with Horry
County School District. Since
the pathway to success started at school for her, she developed a desire to help the youth succeed and become productive citizens
by giving back encouragement and inspiration.
After graduating from Coastal
Carolina University in 1997, Deborah furthered
her education at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she
received a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction: Literacy, reading, and writing in 2005. The novel, Blinded by Colors, was instigated from her childhood experiences with a sequel to shortly follow. In addition,
she has three poems published in an Anthology called Letters to the Soul and another
poem that received honorable mention in a poetry contest.
Deborah Grate Frink believes that “the colossal
world is full of valuable lessons, which can help us to reflect
on humanity and broaden our inner strength; thus, facilitating our ability to tolerate forceful
impacts in life, allowing our dreams to come true”.