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Georgia Author and Gwinnett Citizen Columnist, Katie Hart Smith, Invited to Moderate “Painted Sounds” Workshop at the Acworth Cultural Arts Center

Georgia Author and Gwinnett Citizen Columnist, Katie Hart Smith, Invited to Moderate “Painted Sounds” Workshop at the Acworth Cultural Arts Center

The Acworth Cultural Arts Center is hosting a free workshop called “Painted Sounds” devoted to the exploration of the creative process on Sunday, July 23, 2017 at 3PM at the Main Street Gallery, 4815b South Main Street, Acworth, Georgia.

The goal of the “Painted Sounds” workshop is to bring together artists, writers, and musicians to a presentation of wonderful art, stories, and music compositions that inspires new works in new form. Painted Sounds is a program initially developed by the Atlanta Chapter League of American PEN Women for their own members, where writers and musicians interpret one another’s art in their own medium. A painting might be interpreted musically, a poem may be written to a stunning piece of artwork, a short story might be represented in sculpted form. It’s an amazing collaboration of creative power that never fails to excite and inspire each and every one who participates.

Moderated by Katie Hart Smith, author, columnist, and staff correspondent for the Gwinnett Citizen, a panel of PEN Women members will lead off the “Painted Sounds” program and seek to engage local artists, writers and musicians in this creative process. Sunday’s workshop, using as a backdrop the current juried exhibit, “Prelude to a Painted Sound,” will be followed by a similar event at the upcoming 2nd Annual Allatoona Book Fest on Saturday, October 7th at the Roberts Community Center in Downtown Acworth which will feature works inspired by this event.

For more information, contact Clemens Bak, Acworth Cultural Arts Center at (770) 231-7751 or visit: http://www.acworthculturalarts.org.

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June 10, 2017 – Book signing with Aspirations of the Heart author, Katie Hart Smith

Book signing with Aspirations of the Heart author, Katie Hart Smith

They say if you want to get something done right, give it to the person with the largest work load! That person is Katie Hart Smith. Her effervescent personality and her willingness to help others is unstoppable. She gets more done in a 24-hour period than most of us do in a week!

Although by profession, she is a nurse at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Katie has been a writer all her life. She has been a published author for over 20 years covering a wide range of topics including medical and academic, historical fiction, non-fiction, and children’s stories. Her stories are inspiring and entertaining, and poignant and touching.

To see a sample of what she does, you can check out “From the Heart,” her monthly column for The Gwinnett Citizen newspaper. In addition, she is co-author of Duluth: Home of the Dream Keepers, a commemorative book about the new 9/11 memorial and monument unveiled in late April, 2017 at the Duluth Town Green. She is a sought-after speaker and is the first recipient of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce Healthcare Professional of the Year award.

Katie and her husband, Jeff, are involved in many charitable organizations both on a local and national basis. She approaches everything she does with energy and enthusiasm. Her attention to detail is beautifully displayed in her latest novel, Aspirations of the Heart.

Although born in San Diego, CA, Katie has been in metro Atlanta since 1976. She and Jeff are active members of their Gwinnett community where Katie was a member of the Lawrenceville City Council from 2009-2011.

On June 10, from 11:00 – 2:00, Katie will be signing her book and sharing her writing journey at the Monroe-Walton Center for the Arts in Monroe, GA – 205 S. Broad Street.

Publisher contact: Jan Babcock, President, Deeds Publishing, jan@deedspublishing.com

Press Release – 8/31/16

Aspirations book cover

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SIKES & DAVIS INTERIORS HOSTS BOOK SIGNING EVENT FOR LOCAL AUTHOR, KATIE HART SMITH – SATURDAY OCTOBER 8, 2016
August 27, 2016,
Lawrenceville – Sikes & Davis Interiors proudly hosts a book signing event featuring local author Katie Hart Smith and her new book, Aspirations of the Heart. The public is invited to attend on Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM at Sikes & Davis Interiors, 104 East Crogan Street located on the historic square in downtown Lawrenceville, Georgia.

An author for over 20 years, Smith’s literary work ranges from medical and academic publications to children’s stories, non-fiction, memoir, and historical fiction. Aspirations of the Heart is the first in a series of historical fiction novels, based in 1900’s Atlanta. It is published by Deeds Publishing, Athens, Georgia.

Synopsis: Addie Engel is a small-town girl who wants nothing more than to leave her family farm, venture out in the wider world of 1913 Georgia and become a successful nurse. But the times aren’t so friendly to a young woman determined to buck society’s expectations and do more than marry, have children, and keep house. If society has its way, she will never leave Hope, Georgia, nor the boy who hopes to be more than just her friend. Then, tragedy strikes, and with it comes an opportunity Addie can’t refuse. Thrust into in the rapidly-growing city of Atlanta, she’s soon immersed in a world of powerful people intent upon their own plans and schemes, including Lester Schwinn, a conniving man hell-bent on making his mysterious cure-all tonic a household name at any cost.

Aspirations of the Heart is the passionate tale of Addie’s self-discovery, but also the city of Atlanta and the growing pains the 20th century brings. Filled with vivid and memorable characters, and replete with historically and socially accurate details, it is a panoramic novel ideal for lovers of Southern fiction and for anyone who enjoys a well-spun, exciting, and colorful tale.

Katie Hart Smith: http://www.katiehartsmith.com
Deeds Publishing: http://www.deedspublishing.com
Sikes & Davis Interiors – 1o4 East Crogan Street, Lawrenceville, GA 30046 ~ (770) 995-8823

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Press Release – 7/20/16

Katie Hart Smith May 2016

For Immediate Release

The LONA Gallery proudly hosts a book signing event featuring local author Katie Hart Smith and her new book Aspirations of the Heart The public is invited to attend a book signing featuring award winning local author Katie Hart Smith on Saturday, August 6, 2016 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at The LONA Gallery, 176 West Crogan Street on the historic square in downtown Lawrenceville, Georgia.

An author for over 20 years, Smith’s literary work has been prolific and diverse ranging from medical and academic publications to children’s stories, non-fiction, memoir and historical fiction.

Aspirations of the Heart is the first in a series of historical fiction, based in 1900’s Atlanta. It is published by Deeds Publishing, Athens, Georgia.

Synopsis Addie Engel is a small-town girl who wants nothing more than to leave her family farm, venture out in the wider world of 1913 Georgia and become a successful nurse. But the times aren’t so friendly to a young woman determined to buck society’s expectations and do more than marry, have children, and keep house. If society has its way, she will never leave Hope, Georgia, nor the boy who hopes to be more than just her friend. Then, tragedy strikes, and with it comes an opportunity Addie can’t refuse. Thrust into in the rapidly-growing city of Atlanta, she’s soon immersed in a world of powerful people intent upon their own plans and schemes, including Lester Schwinn, a conniving man hell-bent on making his mysterious cure-all tonic a household name at any cost. Aspirations of the Heart is the passionate tale of Addie’s self-discovery, but also the city of Atlanta and the growing pains the 20th century brings. Filled with vivid and memorable characters, and replete with historically and socially accurate details, it is a panoramic novel ideal for lovers of Southern fiction and for anyone who enjoys a well-spun, exciting, and colorful tale.

Join us for an exciting evening with author Katie Hart Smith and Aspirations of the Heart.

Katie Hart Smith: http://www.katiehartsmith.com
Deeds Publishing: http://www.deedspublishing.com
The LONA Gallery: http://www.theLONAGallery.com
176 West Crogan Street, Lawrenceville, GA 30046 ~ 678.349.2223

Press Release – 7/13/16

Aspirations book cover

Deeds Publishing MEDIA RELEASE—13 July 2016

Title: Aspirations of the Heart
Author: Katie Hart Smith
ISBN 978-1-944193-33-1 | 350 pages
$17.95 print, $6.99 e-book

Addie Engel is a small-town girl who wants nothing more than to leave her family farm, venture out in the wider world of 1913 Georgia and become a successful nurse. But the times aren’t so friendly to a young woman determined to buck society’s expectations and do more than marry, have children, and keep house. If society has its way, she will never leave Hope, Georgia, nor the boy who hopes to be more than just her friend. Then, tragedy strikes, and with it comes an opportunity Addie can’t refuse. Thrust into in the rapidly-growing city of Atlanta, she’s soon immersed in a world of powerful people intent upon their own plans and schemes, including Lester Schwinn, a conniving man hell-bent on making his mysterious cure-all tonic a household name at any cost.

If you enjoy Southern history, Aspirations of the Heart will cause you to fall in love with Atlanta. You will enjoy the city through a new set of eyes as you read about the historical landmarks and see where the city was in 1913. This book weaves a tale that includes many of the issues that we all struggle with today–aspirations and dreams, race relations, hospitals and quality care, and women’s role in society.

Katie Hart Smith, a published author for over 20 years, brings a strong foundation as a subject matter expert to the world of nursing. She has been a registered nurse at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta for 30 years. She is the first recipient of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce’s Healthcare Professional of the Year Award.

• Coming 19 July 2016

For more information, contact Jan Babcock—jan@deedspublishing.com, 678.595.2978
http://www.Deedspublishing.com

Press Release – 3/2/16

16th Annual Phenomenal Women's Conference Agenda

16th Annual Phenomenal Women’s Conference Agenda


PRESS RELEASE

Contact:
Katie Hart Smith
katiehartsmith@gmail.com
404.617.4117

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

KATIE HART SMITH KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT 16th ANNUAL PHENOMENAL WOMEN’S CONFERENCE HOSTED BY THE SIEGEL INSTITUTE FOR LEADERSHIP, ETHICS and CHARACTER AT KENNESAW STATE UNIVERSITY, 3/18/16

March 2, 2016, ATLANTA – Georgia author, Katie Hart Smith announces that she will be the keynote speaker for the Phenomenal Women’s Conference held at Kennesaw State University on Friday, March 18, 2016.

“Each year the Siegel Institute holds a series of conferences, workshops, as well as course offerings in the Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Ethics for women who are interested in enhancing their leadership potential. This year is our 16th Annual Phenomenal Women’s Conference and it will be held on March 18th. The theme of this year’s conference is women who have made a major change in their lives. When I read an article about Katie’s book, Couch Time with Carolyn, and heard her radio interview, I thought she would be a perfect keynote speaker,” says Dr. Linda M. Johnston, Executive Director and Professor, Siegel Institute for Leadership, Ethics and Character, Kennesaw State University.

Smith states, “I am honored by Dr. Johnston’s invitation. I believe that it is important to share our stories so other women can be empowered and gain insight, strength, and wisdom to pursue their life’s dreams and ambitions. The Siegel Institute’s mission is to ‘promote study, research, reflection, and understanding of ethics and leadership through experiential opportunities and excellence in scholarship and teaching for members of KSU and the wider community.’ It’s an exciting opportunity to mentor others and unlock one’s potential to create positive change in this world.”

The 16th Annual Phenomenal Women’s Conference will be held at the KSU Center, 3333 Busbee Drive, NW, Kennesaw, Georgia, 30144. To register, please visit: http://siegelinstitute.kennesaw.edu. For questions or more information about the Siegel Institute, please contact the institute at: 470-578-2000.

Couch Time with Carolyn is available through Smith’s website at http://www.katiehartsmith.com, Sikes & Davis Interiors, the Braselton Gallery, 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. 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.

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About Katie Hart Smith
A graduate from Dunwoody High School, Smith obtained a BS in Nursing from Georgia State University in 1987, 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 the advisory board for Atlanta Sports & Fitness Magazine. Smith, the first recipient of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce’s Healthcare Professional of the Year award was also recognized with the Outstanding Orthopaedic Nurse of the Year award by the National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses – Atlanta Chapter. Smith and her husband, Jeff, 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 2009 – 2011. Smith will be releasing the first book in an Atlanta-based historical fiction series called, Aspirations of the Heart, in late May, 2016 through Deeds Publishing.

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Press Release – 10/23/15

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Contact:
Katie Hart Smith
katiehartsmith@gmail.com
404.617.4117

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

KATIE HART SMITH’S MEMOIR, COUCH TIME WITH CAROLYN, WILL MAKE DEBUT AT THE WOMAN UP INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL IN LOS ANGELES,CA 11/3/15

October 23, 2015, ATLANTA – Georgia author, Katie Hart Smith announces that her book, Couch Time with Carolyn, will make its premier as a movie short at the WOMAN UP Independent Film Festival in Los Angeles, CA on 11/3/15. 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.

The film, written/directed/produced by Laura Saitta states, “It was an honor to be able to work with Katie on this project and to be able to adapt her book into a short film. It has such great message about making the most out of life by following your heart and your dreams. Hopefully, this film will help to get that message out to even more people.”

Smith states, “I’m so proud of Laura and of her accomplishments. As a writer, it’s surreal and a dream come true to see Couch Time with Carolyn come to life on the big screen. Laura flew out from LA and filmed in the City of Lawrenceville, keeping the authenticity of the story’s southern roots. Readers have been asking that Couch Time with Carolyn be transitioned to the visual medium because they personally relate to the storyline. The book 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 WOMAN UP 2015 Independent Film Festival will be held at the Regal LA LIVE Stadium cinema from Tuesday, November 3 – Thursday, November 5, 2015 in Los Angeles California. Couch Time with Carolyn is available through Smith’s website at http://www.katiehartsmith.com, Books for Less – Buford, Sikes & Davis Interiors, the Braselton Gallery, 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
katiehartsmith@gmail.com

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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. After graduating from Dunwoody High School, she obtained a BS in Nursing from Georgia State University in 1987, 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 2009 – 2011.

About Laura Saitta
Laura Saitta earned a BS undergraduate from the University of Richmond, and an MS from The Georgia Institute of Technology. She spent most of her adult life working in the corporate world in various functional areas, including systems, finance, marketing, and contract negotiations. While she was renovating her home in Atlanta, she invented a tile tool called TileSizer, which enjoys national distribution through major retailers. After moving to Los Angeles, Saitta discovered a love for writing. This is her first film festival and she has two films that are part of the festival program that she wrote, directed and produced.
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Press Release – January 11, 2015

PRESS RELEASE

Contact:
Katie Hart Smith
katiehartsmith@gmail.com
404.617.4117

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
katiehartsmith@gmail.com

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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.

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Couch Time with Carolyn

Couch Time with Carolyn

Press Release – 7/28/14

PRESS RELEASE

Contact:
Katie Hart Smith
katiehartsmith@gmail.com
404.617.4117

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

GEORGIA AUTHOR AND FORMER COUNCIL MEMBER FOR THE CITY OF LAWRENCEVILLE PUBLISHES COUCH TIME WITH CAROLYN

July 28, 2014, ATLANTA – Having written for numerous medical publications and authored multiple children’s books, Katie Hart Smith announces the release of her latest work, Couch Time with Carolyn. The book, set in Georgia, is a memoir, delivering intimate reflections about Smith through the relationships she has maintained with her uniquely close-knit group of Southern girlfriends, known as the Dunwoody Girls.

As the book’s title conveys, one of the central characters is Carolyn, a mom of one of the Dunwoody Girls and a dear friend in her own right. Although battling cancer, the older, wiser woman has plenty of fire in her to reminisce about her colorful past, delve into Smith’s life, and offer priceless advice. While sipping wine, sampling chocolates and puffing on cigarettes, they chat, laugh, cry and conclude that neither life nor love is random, and that even darkest days present valuable life lessons and moments worth cherishing.

“When I decided to write about Carolyn’s life lessons,” says Smith, “I realized I had to tell real stories, most of which involve the Dunwoody Girls (or DGs). The five of us have been dear friends since elementary school, so as one might imagine, we’ve had our share of hilarious and heartbreaking episodes. Interestingly, both male and female readers relate to the DGs’ bond, and they keep telling me that they laughed and cried throughout the book. That was my intention. After all, real friendship is all about experiencing the highs and lows in life together.”

Couch Time with Carolyn, released on August 1, and Smith’s poetry books for young children are available through her website at http://www.katiehartsmith.com. 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.
Katie Hart Smith
katiehartsmith@gmail.com

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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. Writing for the medical community throughout her professional career, Smith published her first memoir, “In the Face of Disaster: Personal Reflections,” in 1995. Recounting Smith’s engagement with the Red Cross in which she led a group of volunteers from Atlanta to assist with the Flint River Flood recovery efforts, the literary piece, appearing in the Orthopaedic Nursing Journal, was taken from the notes she created on scratch pieces of paper about her experiences while returning from the disaster on a four-hour bus ride. Smith went on to publish and illustrate her first children’s poetry book, From the Heart, in 2006. Her other children’s works and Couch Time with Carolyn are available through http://www.katiehartsmith.com and other major online book retailers. Smith, a former Council Member for the City of Lawrenceville, and her husband Jeff, a Captain at the Lawrenceville Police Department, are active members in the Gwinnett community

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Couch Time with Carolyn Book Launch Party - 8/1/14

Couch Time with Carolyn Book Launch Party – 8/1/14