Local writer featured at book signing

ELKINS – A Randolph County resident has written her first book, which is intended to capture the imagination of the reader while also teaching them about the Bible.

The Christian genre book, written by Deborah Gladwell, is titled “The Adventures of Shy Spy Time Traveler.”

Gladwell will be featured at a book signing from 1 to 2 p.m. today at the Elkins-Randolph County Public Library in downtown Elkins.

The 110-page book features a mischievous dog named Shy that accidentally becomes a stowaway on a time-traveling machine. He meets a time traveler named Sam and travels back in time to study Moses, the 10 plagues of Egypt and the parting of the Red Sea.

“Like all writers I would like to be a very successful writer, but more importantly I would like for young people to learn about the Bible,” Gladwell said of her ambitions for the book and her writing career. “The reader will learn what it was like to live under the rule of Egypt, and what Moses had to go through to free his people.

“Shy also has dog buddies that have a way of getting in trouble as only dogs can do. Some of their antics are


Gladwell said she decided to write this type of books when she was a Sunday School teacher and writing Christian poetry for her own pleasure and to share with friends.

“I have been a Sunday School teacher at the Valley Independent Baptist Church in Huttonsville for 24 years. In 1999 I started to write Christian poetry for pleasure and to share with friends,” Gladwell said. “Then about 10 years ago, I took over the 1st-3rd grade class and started writing short Bible lessons and stories for my class. A couple of these developed into small books with chapters, and ‘The Adventures of Shy Spy Time Traveler’ is one of these


Gladwell urges aspiring writers to write about what they know and not be afraid their work isn’t good enough.

“Don’t be like me, I was afraid my work wasn’t good enough and waited forever to submit it,” Gladwell said. “Have the courage to submit your books. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.”

More information on Gladwell can be found at debgladwell.tateauthor.com or on her Facebook page.