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Katie Hart Smith
AUTHOR
About Katie Hart Smith
Born in 1964 in San Diego, California, Smith has had the opportunity to live all over the United States as a young girl. It wasn't until 1976 that her family moved to Atlanta, Georgia where she has called it home ever since.

Smith loved writing as a child, creating her own story and picture books at a very early age.  As a young adult, she pursued a nursing career and in 1987 obtained a B.S. in Nursing from Georgia State University. In 2002, she received a MBA from Troy State University.  Throughout her professional career, Smith continued to write and lecture for the medical community and even served as a guest speaker at Emory University, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing for ten years. In 1995, Smith published, "In the Face of Disaster: Personal Reflections" in the Orthopaedic Nursing Journal.  The article recounted Smith's work with the Red Cross to lead a group of volunteers from Atlanta to assist with the Flint River Flood recovery efforts. During the 4-hour commute home on a city commuter bus, Smith wrote on scratch pieces of paper to journal the day's events.

Smith continued to expand her literary efforts and published and illustrated her first children's poetry book, From the Heart, in 2006.  In 2014, she released a memoir, Couch Time with Carolyn, for which Smith was nominated for the Georgia Author of the Year Award in the Memoir/Autobiography category in 2015 by the Georgia Writer's Association. 
Photo location: French Lick, IN
In the Summer 2016, Deeds Publishing released Smith's first novel in a historical fiction series focusing on the medical community in Atlanta in the early 1900's titled, Aspirations of the Heart, and was nominated for Georgia Author of the Year in the First Novel category in 2017. Smith's inspiration for this series was her grandmother, "Gigi," a strong-willed woman who, despite her father's objections, left the family farm to pursue an education and become a nurse. Aspirations of the Heart, has been placed in the Governor’s Mansion Library by Georgia’s First Lady, Mrs. Sandra Deal. The second novel, Hope Never Rests, released in November 2017, has also become a part of Georgia’s literary collection.

Smith is a staff correspondent and a writes a monthly column called “From the Heart” for The Gwinnett Citizen newspaper. In her spare time, she is an active member in her community and enjoys speaking at literary festivals, book clubs, and community and civic organizations on a variety of topics. 

In March, 2016, Smith was the keynote speaker at the 16th Annual Phenomenal Women's Conference hosted by Kennesaw State University/Siegal Institute for Leadership, Ethics and Character.

Listen to her radio interviews on Artist First Radio and America's Web Radio:

http://www.artistfirst2.com/ArtistFirst_Doug_Dahlgren_2017-11-02.mp3

http://www.americaswebradio.com/podcasts/thePrologueJuly29.2016.mp3

She and her husband, Jeff, along with their three furry, four-legged kids (Baby Angus, Augie, and Maggie) reside in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

Accomplishments

2011 - Gwinnett Healthcare Professional of the Year Award Recipient  -  Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce
2011 - Gwinnett Municipal Association - Advisory Board
2009 - 2011- Lawrenceville City Council
2008 - 2010 - United Way/Gwinnett - Advisory Board
2006 - Appeared on the cover of Advance for Nurses, “Joint Effort: Orthopaedic Community Outreach Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta”
2000 - Orthopaedic Nursing Journal - Editorial Board
1997 - 1998 - Atlanta Sports & Fitness Magazine - Advisory Board
1995 - Outstanding Orthopaedic Nurse – National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses, Atlanta Chapter 
1994 - 2002 - Orthopaedic Nursing Journal - Manuscript Reviewer


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Professional Organizations

Atlanta Writers Club

The National League of American Pen Women