Greetings, from my desk to yours...

Copyright (above) Amy Hill Hearth
I'm an American journalist, novelist, and New York Times and Washington Post Bestselling Author. My areas of expertise are Elder Wisdom, Justice Issues, and Women's History. Simon & Schuster, Harper Collins, Random House, and Doubleday are among the publishers of my books.

My latest book, published by Simon & Schuster's Atria Books, is Miss Dreamsville and the Lost Heiress of Collier County, the second in a series of novels about a book club comprised of misfits and dreamers in small-town Florida in the early 1960s.

I began my career in the newspaper business. In 1991, because of my love of history and older people, I pursued an interview with a pair of then-unknown and reclusive centenarian sisters, Sadie and Bessie Delany, who were the daughters of a man born into slavery in the American South. My story on the delightful pair of sisters was published by The New York Times, and among those who read it was a book publisher who asked if I would be interested in expanding my story into a book. The Delany Sisters and I worked together for almost two years to create the book, an oral history we called Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years. The book was a runaway bestseller. It was adapted to the Broadway stage and for an award-winning film.

The Delany Sisters are both gone now but their legacy lives on. Having Our Say is still a very popular book among reading groups, and it's a classroom favorite. 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. If you can't find my original New York Times story on the Delany Sisters, let me know and I will send it to you. If you have a question, just ask.

My other nonfiction books include the story of a pair of married Holocaust survivors who masqueraded as Christians and worked for the Underground during World War Two, and a rare oral history of a female Native American Elder whose name is 'Strong Medicine.'