Press Release – January 11, 2015
Katie Hart Smith
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
KATIE HART SMITH NOMINATED FOR 51ST GEORGIA AUTHOR OF THE YEAR AWARD FOR COUCH TIME WITH CAROLYN
January 11, 2015, ATLANTA – Georgia author, Katie Hart Smith announces that her latest book, Couch Time with Carolyn, has been nominated for the Georgia Writer’s Association’s 51st Georgia Author of the Year Award (GAYA) in the Memoir/Autobiography category. The book, set in Georgia, is a memoir about strong, Southern, sassy women that delivers a multi-layered story about Smith’s relationship with Carolyn, her best friend’s mom who was a former model in the 1950’s and the enduring bonds with her close-knit, gregarious, childhood girlfriends, known as the Dunwoody Girls – more simply, the DGs. After learning that Carolyn, who was like a second mother to Smith, had been diagnosed with terminal cancer, Smith reflects on how “couch time” sessions with Carolyn empowered her to take control of her destiny during a time in Smith’s life when she was divorced, lost, and struggling to pick up the pieces. Carolyn offers priceless advice and inspirational life lessons about love, life, and friendship while they drink wine, sample chocolates, and reminisce. It is through Carolyn that the DGs learn that neither life nor love is random, and that even hilarious one-liners can brighten the darkest days.
Smith states, “I am truly honored and humbled to be nominated for the GAYA award. Life events in May, 2012 spurred the idea to begin journaling about my relationship with my best friend’s Mom, Carolyn and reflecting on the over 30 years of stories and life adventures with my best friends, dubbed the Dunwoody Girls. I am thrilled to hear that readers are personally relating to Couch Time with Carolyn because it addresses many of life’s challenges that range from finding one’s true love, faith, friendship, the circle of life, to the intergenerational mentoring of an older Southern woman. I wrote Couch Time with Carolyn with a heart-felt honesty that will make you laugh out loud and also bring tears to your eyes.”
The Georgia Writer’s Association hosts the GAYA awards and recipients will be announced at a ceremony to be held on Saturday, June 6, 2015. Couch Time with Carolyn, released on August 1, 2014 and is available through Smith’s website at http://www.katiehartsmith.com, Books for Less – Buford, and via major online book retailers. The paperback version of Couch Time with Carolyn sells for $15.00, and the e-book retails for $8.99. Individuals can also sample an audio reading from the first chapter at https://katiehartsmith.wordpress.com/2014/07/01/couch-time-with-carolyn-exclusive-chapter-1/. Organizations and others should contact Smith for speaking engagements, and additional information through her website or Facebook author page at https://www.facebook.com/katiehartsmith.
Katie Hart Smith
About Katie Hart Smith
Born in 1964 in San Diego, California, Smith lived all over the United States as a little girl before she and her family moved to the Atlanta suburb of Dunwoody, Georgia, in 1976. Metro Atlanta has remained her home ever since. In 1987, she obtained a B.S. in Nursing from Georgia State University, and in 2002, she earned her MBA from Troy State University. Smith, a published author for over 20 years, has a wide array of work ranging from medical and academic, to children’s stories, and non-fiction. She served on the editorial board and was a manuscript reviewer for the Orthopaedic Nursing Journal and was a former member of the advisory board for Atlanta Sports & Fitness Magazine. Smith was the first recipient of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce’s Healthcare Professional of the Year award and recognized with the Outstanding Orthopaedic Nurse of the Year award by the National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses – Atlanta Chapter. In February, 2004, Smith was even profiled in Atlanta Magazine, as one of “Eight Really Cool Unattached Atlantans.” Later that year, Smith met her husband, Jeff and they happily reside in Lawrenceville, Georgia with their three furry, four-legged kids. They are active members in the Gwinnett community to include her service on the City of Lawrenceville City Council from 2008-2010.