Katie Hart Smith, a columnist and published author for 25 years, loved writing as a child, creating her own story and picture books at a very early age. Smith has a wide array of work ranging from medical and academic, to historical fiction, non-fiction, and children's stories. 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. Her monthly column, “From the Heart,” is featured in the Gwinnett Citizen newspaper.

As a young adult, she pursued a nursing career and obtained a B.S. in Nursing from Georgia State University and later received a MBA from Troy State University.  Throughout her professional career, Smith continued to write and lecture for the medical community, including Emory University's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. In 1995, Smith published, "In the Face of Disaster: Personal Reflections" in the Orthopaedic Nursing Journal, recounting her work assisting with the Flint River Flood recovery efforts. 

Inspirational people, places, and political and social issues are the driving forces for Smith’s work. She published Couch Time with Carolyn, a memoir, in 2014. This novel was followed by the Sacred Heart (historical fiction) series that focused on the medical community in 1900s Atlanta. The first two books, Aspirations of the Heart and Hope Never Rests, have been placed in the Georgia Governor’s Mansion Library. Katie has been nominated for the Georgia Author of the Year award in multiple categories in 2015, 2017, and 2018.

She and her husband, Jeff, reside in Lawrenceville. She is an active civic leader in the Gwinnett community to include her service on the City of Lawrenceville City Council and she was even the first recipient of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce’s Healthcare Professional of the Year award in 2011, recognized for her clinical, literary, and community contributions. Katie has been a featured author at numerous Georgia literary festivals and libraries, and is a member of the National League of American Pen Women and the Atlanta Writers Club. She is a sought out speaker on a local and national level. 

For more information, visit: www.katiehartsmith.com.




High Cotton and Magnolias

In Addie Engel’s life as a nurse-in-training at Atlanta’s Sacred Heart Hospital School of Nursing, hope, faith, love, and change are the only constants. Throughout High Cotton and Magnolias, the final book in the Sacred Heart trilogy, Addie must discover her true grit as Atlanta undergoes an economic and social upheaval that will change the world.

 But while toiling over textbooks and patients and fighting to overcome the rising tensions of a country almost at war, Addie finds her eyes opened to disappointment, deception, and deceit…as well as the true colors of those closest to her. Yearning to find the familiar in the aftermath of all this stress—on top of a near-death experience—Addie can’t help but struggle with matters of the heart. Who does she truly love: Garrett, the boy-next-door she’s known all her life, or Randall, the dashing doctor who promises a brighter future?

 Despite daily disasters, a growing web of dark schemes, a deadly pandemic, and the biggest war the world has ever seen, Sacred Heart Medical Center and her medical staff all rise to the challenge. Whether they emerge triumphant is another matter entirely.

 Set in the maze of mounting social strain and growing pains that is early 20th century Atlanta, High Cotton and Magnolias is an immensely satisfying finale to Aspirations of the Heart and Hope Never Rests, novels that have received a place of honor in Georgia’s Governor’s Mansion Library.

Paperback | ISBN 978-1-947309-79-1 | 348 pages
Young Adult Fiction / Coming of Age
Young Adult Fiction / Historical

Although your stories are fiction, I always learn so much from your intense research. Not only did I learn about the diseases and conditions of patients during those World War I days but the primitive methods and necessity of growing the medicines in the hospital gardens tended by nurses and doctors. It must have been overwhelming. You wove a wonderful story including Atlanta burning (4th Ward), WWI, international intrigue, social issues, death, love, survival and hope. I have written down some quotes about learning for me.
— Sandra Deal, Former First Lady of Georgia


Hope Never Rests

After her parents died, the last thing Addie Engel expected upon moving to Atlanta was to take part in uncovering an illegal drug plot, especially one run by her beloved Garrett’s cousin. But now that Lester’s gone for good, Addie’s journey of self-discovery can finally begin in earnest, exactly how she’s always dreamed. With a new inheritance and the support of Garrett behind her, she’s at last enrolled in school and on track to becoming a fully-fledged nurse at Sacred Heart Hospital. The medical center is state-of-the-art, and full of teachers, equipment, nurses, and new friends—everything Addie needs to realize her heart’s aspiration. Not to mention an attractive young doctor who’s taken a liking to Addie…

But the world of medicine in 1914 has its dark side, and that corruption is slowly eking into the hospital and everyone who enters it. With the Great War approaching, illness and tragedy are at an all-time high, and that means the number of children left homeless and orphaned is only growing…unfortunately for them, there are some who are all too happy to take advantage of the situation. When the bodies of young boys begin to appear scattered across town, the police don’t know who or what is to blame. But Addie, as usual, is right in the middle of things, and she has a sneaking suspicion the hospital—and its favored orphanage—is unwittingly involved.

Set in the maze of mounting social strain and growing pains that is early 20th century Atlanta, Hope Never Rests is a panoramic and masterful sequel to Aspirations of the Heart, ideal for lovers of Southern and historical fiction.


Paperback | ISBN 978-1-947309-10-4 | 334 pages
 / Historical
FICTION / Coming of Age


Your second book is just as well written and interesting as the first....You wove another fascinating story of young boys being murdered and the observations of caring medical students that led to solving the deaths. You even managed to tie in a little more romance and rivalry. You do a great job as a creative author. Keep it up! I’m waiting for the next book.
— Sandra Deal, First Lady of Georgia


Aspirations of the Heart

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.


Paperback | ISBN 978-1-944193-33-1 | 350 pages
FICTION / Historical
FICTION / Medical

I found it very engaging and informative. You wove a good story from absolute desperation to inspired achievement through the kindness and caring of the characters of good influence. Sinister evil struggled to undo the dreams and hopes of early Atlanta visionaries but good won out which is always my hope. I enjoy historical fiction because I can learn factual material while enjoying the writer’s creative webbing and development of characters, settings and interactions toward an evasive or happy ending. I enjoyed your novel very much. I will have it placed in the mansion library. Thank you. I look forward to your next novel.
— Sandra Deal, First Lady of Georgia



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