Greetings....from My Desk to Yours
From Nonfiction Classics (Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years) to Historical Fiction (the Miss Dreamsville series)
My first book, written with the late Sarah L. and A. Elizabeth Delany, was the famous oral history Having Our Say, which is still very popular as a reading group selection as well as a favorite in high school and college classrooms more than twenty years after it was published. The Delany Sisters are both gone now but their legacy lives on. The Sisters left me in charge of our book, and as such, I am the go-to person when it comes to the book, photographs, their story, and their place in history.
New Novel to be Published by Atria Books/Simon & Schuster on September 8
[Below is one of many early reviews of Miss Dreamsville and the Lost Heiress of Collier County. This one is from MysteriesEtc. For more reviews, click on the "Book Descriptions" tab in the menu on the top of this page. - Amy]
"I just devoured Amy Hill Hearth's first book set in Collier County, Florida: Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Women's Literary Society. It was just delightful as is the second book, Miss Dreamsville and the Lost Heiress of Collier County.
"When I read the first book I had never been to Florida. Now I've been there twice. Florida is a steamy, magical place and author Amy Hill Hearth captures it beautifully. I discovered a new town in this book, Everglades City, that we will need to check out next time. The Florida of the early 1960s was not filled with snowbirds but would soon be due to the widespread integration of air conditioning into homes. Civil rights had not yet come to Florida. In fact segregation was still in full of effect.
"Miss Dreamsville and the Lost Heiress of Collier County is a story of friendships and of family and the families that develop through friendships. It is a story of the strength of women. And it is a story of secrets and of secrets revealed. It is a loving, touching and heart-warming tale.
"I highly recommend reading the two Miss Dreamsville books. You can read the Lost Heiress as a stand-alone but your heart needs to read both. They are both so good. Miss Dreamsville and the Lost Heiress of Collier County is out in September...don't miss it."
"What is a pre-order, and why does it matter?" A pre-order is just what it sounds like: a customer (reader) goes online and orders the book from, say, Amazon, Barnesandnoble.com, or IndieBound (independently-owned bookstores online) and purchases a book before it's published. Sounds silly, right? Why do it? There are several reasons: Pre-ordering generally locks in a very low price for the customer. You aren't charged until the book is shipped (or until you download your digital copy). You'll be among the first to get the book - digital downloads automatically appear on the day the book is published. Paper copies are shipped in the first batch, hot off the press. Pre-ordering also is a way to show support for your favorite authors. Publishers today look at the number of pre-orders as one of the ways they gauge enthusiasm for the book. The more pre-orders, the more money the publisher is likely to put behind the book in terms of marketing dollars, book tours, and so on. That is why authors care so much about pre-orders.
Planning for Fall 2015 and Winter/Spring 2016 Book Tour underway now
Among the tour stops on the calendar so far are:
MANASQUAN, NEW JERSEY, Sat., Sept. 12 at 11:30 a.m., talk and signing at BookTowne.
RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA, Sat.-Sun., Sept. 19-20: Southern Independent Booksellers Association ("SIBA") trade show. Sunday afternoon is open to the public. Tickets may be purchased in advance.
ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA, Saturday, October 24: Talk and book-signing at the Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading.
NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS, Fri-Sat-Sun., January 15-17, 2016: The Pulpwood Queens Annual Girlfriend Weekend, a unique retreat in which readers and authors from around the globe have fun together. Hosted by founder Kathy L. Murphy.
NAPLES, FLORIDA, Wed., Feb. 10, 2016: Keynote speaker and book-signing, Friends of the Collier County's annual fundraiser, "Bagels and Book Clubs Breakfast."
If you would like to invite me to an event, please see the contact page on this website for direct links.
Video: "A Visit with Author Amy Hill Hearth"
Five things you didn't know about me:
1) I once hosted a private tea party for Hillary Clinton at the home of the Delany Sisters.
2) My writing companion is a 7 pound Boston Terrier named Miss Dot who was rescued from a puppy mill.
3) My first job title was "Salad Girl" (an assistant waitress).
4) I met my husband when I was a journalist and interviewed him for a news story.
5) I have some Native American (Lenni-Lenape) ancestry. In 2010, I was given the name "Smiling Songbird Woman" by the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation.