Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Remembering Author Dee Stewart aka Miranda Parker

A Tribute to the Life of Dee Stewart and Author Miranda Parker

Davidae Y. Stewart, affectionately known as Dee, passed away on Friday, October 5, 2012. Dee battled lupus and peripartum cardiomyopathy, a rare heart disorder, gracefully to the end. Stewart was an active supporter of the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women movement to raise awareness about women's heart health. Stewart realized how important it was to educate herself and other women about the risk factors and warning signs of heart disease.
PICTURE MEMORIAL SERVICE: A Pictorial Memorial Service for Dee Stewart, writing as Miranda Parker, will be held Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 11:00 AM. There will not be a public viewing at this time. Join the family, friends and fans of at Saint Phillip AME Church, 240 Candler Road SE, Decatur, GA 30317. Guests are invited to wear red in honor of Dee's dedication to the Go Red movement. One of Dee's proudest moments came with the CNN article written by Julie Hays titled, "Survivor of heart failure dedicates birthday to educating other women." The article was a tribute to Dee's 10 years of service.
FUNERAL: Miranda Parker, the author of A Good Excuse to Be Bad and Someone Bad and Something Blue, in the Angel Crawford Series, will be laid to rest Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 11:00 AM. There will be a public viewing at the official funeral service held at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, 5009 Skipper Bridge Rd/Hwy 122, Hahira, GA 31632. Felecia Williams will officiate the funeral service. Scott & Roberts Mortuary Inc. will be handling the homegoing service, located at 312 E Martin Luther King Jr Drive, Valdosta, GA 31601-5714, Phone: (229) 242-6633.

As the literary world prepares to say goodbye to Dee, we are reminded of Psalms 16. "L. Martin Pratt, a Facebook friend, says it best with his posting, "When I read the passage for scripture today, I saw Dee. I will see Dee in everything I do from now on. The passage read: I see your hearts and have accepted your sacrifice of praise. I tell you the truth; I am calling you to higher ground and will open the way and make a clear path. I am with you to bring you to the place that I have already prepared for you. Come to Me, says the Lord. Attune your ears to My voice, and prepare your heart to see and understand what I will show you. It will be an awesome journey."
Davidae (Dee) Stewart began writing features for newspapers and magazines in 1991, focusing on subjects in lifestyle, religion arts and entertainment, and publishing over 50 articles. She began writing fiction in 2005 after she took a year-long online writing workshop taught by Chuck Palahniuk [Fight Club.] Her first published short fiction piece, Straddling the Fence was awarded one of the best short stories of 2005 for Infuze Magazine. Her writing has appeared in: Black Pearls Magazine, Gospel Today, Precious Times, Anointed, Hope for Women, Rejoice Atlanta, Romantic Times, Spirit Led Woman, Mosaic Literary Journal, Atlanta Christian Family and Spirit Led Writer to name a few.
Dee Stewart was an award winning publicist for national recording artists, actors, ministers, church architects, authors, and gospel recording artists. As the owner of Dee Gospel PR, her mission was simple; she worked to connect The Master's Artists with the world. Dee was presented with the Publicist of the Year award in 2011 by Black Pearls Magazine for her lifetime of service to the literary community. She served the publishing industry as a celebrated book reviewer, book marketing consultant, editor, Christys Book Awards judge, co-founder of the #Blacklitchat and founder of the highly popular Christian Fiction Blog.
Dee created the Christian Fiction Blog in 2004 to support writers of Christian Faith. She started it to help other writers deal with the sometimes overwhelming prospect of book promotion and book events. Dee was focused on helping as many as possible learn more about the craft of writing as well as the business of publishing.

Dee Stewart was a proud member of the Romance Writers of America, Atlanta RWA Chapter, Kiss of Death RWA Chapter, International Thriller Writers and former member of The Georgia Peach Authors. She was also the Social Media/Marketing Head for the ITW Debut Authors Program and a contributing editor to The Big Thrill.
Dee, writing as Miranda Parker, was the author of the Angel Crawford Series. Miranda Parker wrote comic romance suspense novels. Writing fun, feisty, redemptive bad-girl-gone-good stories was her passion. She has been featured in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, RT Book Reviews Magazine and Publishers Weekly. Author Miranda Parker has also made featured author appearances at the Decatur Book Festival, 2012 SC Book Festival, the 2011 (NBCC) National Book Club Convention, Black Pearl Magazine's 2011 Chocolate Social, and the 2011 Atlanta Press Club Holiday Author Party.
Dee graduated from Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia where she studied Math (because she loves to solve problems) and Architectural Studies (because she likes to create solutions). She has worked as a journalist, architectural preservationist for the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics, and an IT consultant for The Coca Cola Company. But, Miranda Parker was thrilled to spend her days devising ways to make her readers seriously contemplate whether they should read another chapter or get some sleep.
Writing as Miranda Parker her work has been featured by Juicy Magazine, VERSED Magazine June 2012 Bestseller List, The Thrill Begins July 2012 "What to Expect your First Year as a Published Author", Carnegie Library, Pittsburgh August 2012 New Arrivals, Albion District Library, Albion, MI. July New Materials, Black Pearls Magazine May/July issue, Ka' rii Entertainment, Kay's Blog 2012 Summer Releases, Mosaic Books, New York Public Library, Canada: Euclid Public Library and the Chicago Public Library just to name a few.
Dee Stewart/Miranda Parker leaves a strong literary legacy fostered by a life of love, service and commitment. Here at Black Pearls Magazine, we would like to offer our sincere condolences to the family and friends of our beloved Davidae Y. Stewart. She is survived by her mother Dorothy J. Stewart, father David Stewart, Sr., twin brother David V. Stewart, sister Melana Jones and her precious daughter Selah Skye Stewart.
Dee left such a valued footprint in the lives of those within her massive literary circle. She was passionate about helping many of our artists and authors achieve their dreams. A global friend base from Twitter, Facebook and the literary world will pay tribute to the passing of one of our greatest stars. We will all miss Dee but we find comfort in knowing Heaven is rejoicing! She has definitely earned her wings!
A Facebook group has been created in her honor to help carry on her legacy: Author, Dee Stewart - Go Red Foundation Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/194080144060466