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Katherine Center

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Katherine Center is the author of five novels about love and family, including The Bright Side of Disaster, The Lost Husband, and Happiness for Beginners. Her work has appeared in Redbook, People, USA Today, Vanity Fair, InStyle, and Real Simple. She is a graduate of Vassar College and the University of Houston’s Creative Writing Program. Katherine lives in Houston with her husband and two sweet children.

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Katherine Center I don't get writer's block too often. For me, it's usually a problem of struggling to find time to do the writing that's waiting in my head. But it…moreI don't get writer's block too often. For me, it's usually a problem of struggling to find time to do the writing that's waiting in my head. But it has happened--usually when there's time pressure, like a looming deadline. Then my usual process of stumbling on an idea I like and then writing it down gets inverted: I'm rushing to meet the deadline and searching for an idea. It's not my favorite way to do things, but sometimes life is bossy like that. In those moments, I need to get inspired--and so I make time to read. Great ideas spark other ideas. Poetry sparks more poetry. Hearing another writer's voice on the page can inspire your own . . . (less)
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So I just turned in my sixth novel!  We haven’t even begun to edit it, and the title is still TBD, and it’s still early days (because it won’t go on sale for a year or so)–but I have that giddy, in-love feeling you get when you’ve just written something with some real magic in it.  I wish I could share the WHOLE THING right now, but I’ll have to settle for this little excerpt below:
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“The things we remember are what we hold on to. And what we hold on to becomes the story of our lives.”

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"“Having doesn’t make you happy: appreciating does."

First chapters of this book made me grin. Love the characters once they were introduced. If you are looking for some inspiration and motivation I recommend you read this book. If you are searching..." Read more of this review »
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“Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.”
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“Nobody was perfect. Not even close. And everybody had wrinkles from smiling and squinting and craining their necks. Everybody has marks on their bodies from years of living- a trail of life left on them. Evidence of all the adventures and sleepless nights and practical jokes and heartbreaks that had made them who they are.”
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“There is no better people-watching than at the airport: the whole world packed into such a tight space, moving fast with all their essentials in their rolling bags. And what caught my attention, as I took a few breaths and lay my eyes on the crowds, were all the imperfections. Everybody had them. Every single person that walked past me had some kind of flaw. Bushy eyebrows, moles, flared nostrils, crooked teeth, crows'-feet, hunched backs, dowagers' humps, double chins, floppy earlobes, nose hairs, potbellies, scars, nicotine stains, upper arm fat, trick knees, saddlebags, collapsed arches, bruises, warts, puffy eyes, pimples. Nobody was perfect. Not even close. And everybody had wrinkles from smiling and squinting and craning their necks. Everybody had marks on their bodies from years of living - a trail of life left on them, evidence of all the adventures and sleepless nights and practical jokes and heartbreaks that had made them who they were.

In that moment, I suddenly loved us all the more for our flaws, for being broken and human, for being embarrassed and lonely, for being hopeful or tired or disappointed or sick or brave or angry. For being who we were, for making the world interesting. It was a good reminder that the human condition is imperfection. And that's how it's supposed to be.”
Katherine Center, Everyone Is Beautiful

“And here, after all that, is what I have come to believe about beauty: Laughter is beautiful. Kindness is beautiful. Cellulite is beautiful. Softness and plumpness and roundness are beautiful. It's more important to be interesting, to be vivid, and to be adventurous, than to sit pretty for pictures. A woman's soft tummy is a miracle of nature. Beauty comes from tenderness. Beauty comes from variety, from specificity, from the fact that no person in the world looks exactly like anyone else. Beauty comes from the tragedy that each person's life is destined to be lost to time. I believe women are too hard on themselves. I believe that when you love someone, she becomes beautiful to you. I believe the eyes see everything through the heart - and nothing in the world feels as good as resting them on someone you love. I have trained my eyes to look for beauty, and I've gotten very good at finding it. You can argue and tell me it's not true, but I really don't care what anyone says. I have come, at last, to believe in the title I came up with for the book: Everyone Is Beautiful.
Katherine Center, Everyone Is Beautiful

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Beth Hi Katherine,
Thanks for befriending this fellow Goodreads author!


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