Press Release - Detail
Roy L. Williams            
Director of Public Relations        
Birmingham Public Library             
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067            
2017 Local Authors Expo Spotlight: Jade Stewart
Book: “Fate” 
How to reach the author: (email), (Twitter), and (Facebook) 
Quote Stewart uses as a guide in life: “No matter the obstacle, always persevere.”
About the 2017 Local Authors Expo: Event featuring over 30 authors selling their books and sharing writing/publishing tips for the public, Saturday, Aug. 19, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Central Library, 2100 Park Place, Birmingham, AL 35203
About the Author: Jade Stewart, 23, is a graduate of Loyola University New Orleans, obtaining BA in English Writing with a minor in French. She is currently attending Columbia University to pursue a MFA in Writing. She lives in Irondale, Ala. with her parents, James and Kimberly Stewart, and brother Christian, 18. 

2017 Local Authors Spotlight: Meet Jade Stewart, author of “Fate”

BIRMINGHAM, Ala-Author Jade Stewart is a living witness to the power of perserverance and never giving up on your dream.

Seven years ago while attending Jefferson County International B Baccalaureate (JCIB) High School, the Irondale native came up with the idea of a book about a teenaged girl adapting to life in a new school and supernatural forces combatting her. Bit by bit while taking rigorous classes at her IB high school and pursing a degree in English at Loyola University in New Orleans, Stewart worked on her novel.

In February 2016 – seven years into  her writing journey – Stewart self-published her first novel,  “Fate.” Stewart will meet the public as one of 40 authors participating in the 2017 Local Authors Expo, taking place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Central Library in downtown Birmingham, 2100 Park Place. She will sell and sign copies of  her book.

“Fate” is a young adult fantasy novel. It tells the story of Ophelia St. Cloud, a teenage girl from the Bronx who moves to Buffalo with her mom to attend the prestigious Jules Perdot Academy. Thinking she would have the "typical" school year, Ophelia has no idea about the supernatural forces against her, and even more, the powers she has to fight against them. Mixed in with some new friends, "mean girls", and guys who are vying for her attention, Ophelia unexpectedly joins with three less-than-normal classmates to combat the supernatural beings around them.

Aside from the main plot, “Fate” tackles the issue of bullying and cyberbullying and features multi-ethnic characters with a diverse range of personalities. It teaches readers to not judge by outward appearances and to accept people of all cultures and backgrounds.  
Stewart, who plans to pursue a writing career, said she is excited to be participating in the Local Authors Expo for the first time.
“I love that this event promotes reading and appreciation of local authors,” Stewart said. “No matter the obstacle, always persevere.”
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