Sylvia Dickey Smith’s novel “A War of Her Own” received first place in the Press Women of Texas’ Communications Contest Saturday evening in Georgetown. The historical novel that is set in Orange during World War II will now compete at the national level.

“A War of Her Own” tells the story of Bea Meade and her struggles to support herself and her young son after separating from her cheating husband. It spotlights the shipbuilding industry in Orange during the war years and the boom to the economy as the population of Orange swelled to around 70,000 almost overnight.

A local native, Smith now lives in Georgetown with her husband Bill. She will be in Orange at the Cajun Heritage Festival on May 21 to sign her books.

In addition to “A War of Her Own,” she has also authored a series of three mysteries set in Orange County, “Dance on His Grave,” “Deadly Sins Deadly Secrets” and “Dead Wreckoning.” “Sassy Southern, Classy Cajun” is a cookbook devoted to the flavors of Southeast Texas and surrounding areas.

About Penny LeLeux

Penny has worked at The Record Newspapers since 2006. A member of the editorial staff, she has "done everything but print it." Most frequently she writes entertainment reviews and human interest stories, with a little paranormal thrown in from time to time.She has been a lifelong member of the Orangefield community.