Spencer-Smith to do book signing

WEIRTON – Susan Spencer-Smith, a Weirton resident, will hold a book signing at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Mary H. Weir Public Library located at 3442 Main St.

Spencer-Smith is the author of “The Preacher Lady’s Cookbook for the Hungry Heart” and “Death at the Parsonage,” set in “Biddlebourne,” a fictionalized version of Middlebourne in Tyler County.

“Middlebourne, where both my parents grew up, is the inspiration for Biddlebourne, the hamlet featured in my inspirational mystery Death in the Parsonage,” Spencer-Smith said. “I was born in Sistersville, an Ohio River town where oil and gas were discovered in the 1890s.”

Spencer-Smith will speak about Tyler County’s history, quirks and landmarks – including her memories of crawdadding on Middle Island Creek as a child.

She is a 1964 graduate of Weir High School and the daughter of the late Jack and Fay Kearns of Weirton. She worked 28 years in newspapers, including 11 years at The Weirton Daily Times, before graduating from United Theological Seminary in Dayton and being ordained a United Methodist Church pastor. She served congregations in western Ohio before retiring in 2006.

“The Preacher Lady’s Cookbook for a Hungry Heart” is a collection of prayers, scriptures and recipes gathered from hundreds of church events, and “Death in the Parsonage” is an inspirational mystery based on the true story of a woman who faces her childhood demons.

The books are published through Spencer-Smith’s production company, Hoopie Girl Press. Both books will be available at the library event. They may also be purchased at Penn-Way Pharmacy located at 3159 Main St., Weirton, and at Amazon.com.

Her second novel, “The Good Old Babes,” a story of 12 women who challenge the “good old boys” of Biddlebourne for town leadership, is scheduled for publication in 2014.

Spencer-Smith resides in Weirton with her husband, Grant Beamer, and their cat Thud. She may be contacted at hoopiegirl@comcast.net.