Monday, October 8, 2012

Missing Dee

Dee and I at the South Carolina Book Festival in May


I have returned to the blog with a heavy heart.  Dee Stewart, also known as Miranda Parker, passed away on Friday.

I got a chance to meet her twice.  The first time was last year at the National Book Club Conference, where my friends and I met her at the chocolate social.  Her first book had just been released and she was giving out chocolate cupcakes.  She was very nice and took the time to talk to us.

After NBCC, we stayed in contact via Facebook and Twitter. When she announced that she was going to be in Columbia for the South Carolina Book Festival, I told her that I would make sure that I would make an effort to see her.  At the festival, she was a part of a new authors panel and even discussed her upcoming book, which was about to be released at the time.  We got a chance to talk afterwards and she was grateful that I attended her panel and signing.

We still communicated on social media after that, but I didn't know that the South Carolina Book Festival would be the last time I would see her.

Not only Dee was an author, she was a well-known public relations specialist, mostly focusing on Christian literature.  She also was the co-founder of Twitter's Black Lit Chat.

Please pray for her daughter, parents, siblings, other family members and friends during this difficult time.

Dee was a very down-to-earth and sweet person and is loved by those who knew her. She will be missed, but I know she is in a better place.