Amy Hill Hearth

Amy Hill Hearth is the author of Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Women’s Literary Society,in addition to author or coauthor of seven nonfiction books, including Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years, the New York Times bestseller-turned-Broadway-play. Hearth, a former writer for The New York Times, began her career as a reporter at a small daily newspaper in Florida, where she met her future husband, Blair (a Collier County native). She is a graduate of the University of Tampa.

Books by this Author

Miss Dreamsville and the Lost Heiress of Collier County
Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Women's Literary Society
"Strong Medicine" Speaks


Get a Dose of Some "Strong Medicine" with Amy Hill Hearth

Amy Hill Hearth talks about the immediate connection she had with Marion "Strong Medicine" Gould.

My Life in 8 Words

Author Appearances

The Moveable Feast / Triangle Reads
Hilton North Raleigh / Midtown
3415 Wake Forest Rd
Raleigh, NC
SEP 20

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. "Live and let live"

Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?

A. "Your books are fun to read. Only afterwords do I realize how much I learned."

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Mark Twain, Louisa May Alcott, Eudora Welty, Zora Neale Hurston.

Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

A. Little Women, Pride and Prejudice, Great Expectations, To Kill a Mockingbird, Their Eyes Were Watching God. 

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. Write for the love of it; the rest will follow.

Author Voices

May 05, 2014

Delighted to announce that I've been invited to be one of ten women novelists sharing a group blog at Southern Belle View Daily. I will be writing about my novel, MISS DREAMSVILLE, as well as the nonfiction bestseller I wrote with the Delany Sisters, HAVING OUR SAY, among many other topics. My first post is about the Delany Sisters' insistence on having a porch added to their little cottage when they moved from Harlem to the Bronx. Read it at

November 27, 2013

NBC Channel 4 New York sports reporter Harry Cicma and I spent the evening with students at Rutgers University's School of Communication and Information, New Brunswick, New Jersey. Harry told them about his career in broadcast journalism, providing insight and encouragement, and I did the same about my writing career, which started with newspapers, then nonfiction books, and now has branched into novels. I loved this event because much of it was informal. I talked to so many students in groups of two or three that I'll never remember them all.

October 03, 2013

I'm thrilled to announce that I have accepted an offer from Atria to write a sequel to my successful first novel! Working title of the sequel is "Good Night Peggy Sue, Wherever You Are." The story will continue in the same locale (Naples, Florida) and with the same characters (plus a few new ones) from "Miss Dreamsville" but one year later, in 1964-65.

April 29, 2013

196 reserved seats and a wait list for my talk and book signing on 4/18 in Naples, Florida! Held at a private club in Port Royal, this event was a benefit for the Friends of the Collier County Library. Fabulous questions, tremendous enthusiasm. Collier County loves "Miss Dreamsville"! This means a lot to me since, after all, it's the setting for the novel! I couldn't be more pleased.

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