I had the pleasure of sitting on the 2010 INSPY Awards Judging team with Dee in the mystery/romantic suspense/thriller category. It was a lot of fun getting to know her as we read that year’s finaling novels and discussed them before picking a winner.
I was shocked to learn of her passing on October 5th of this year.
Dee had a heart condition and was scheduled to get a pacemaker on October 8th. Unfortunately she collapsed and died before the procedure. She was 39.
Dee wrote jaunty and some might say bodacious multi-cultural romantic suspense as Miranda Parker. Since I come from a public relations background, I enjoyed Dee’s PR savvy, especially in terms of social networking. She instinctively knew that her real and abiding interest in people would come through as she networked to sell her novels. And that’s what made her such a successful internet marketer. She will be missed.