Katherine Center

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Katherine Center is the New York Times bestselling author of How to Walk Away, the upcoming Things You Save in a Fire (August 2019), and five other bittersweet comic novels. Six Foot Pictures is currently adapting her fourth novel, The Lost Husband, into a feature film starring Josh Duhamel, Leslie Bibb, and Nora Dunn. Katherine has been compared to both Nora Ephron and Jane Austen, and the Dallas Morning News calls her stories, “satisfying in the most soul-nourishing way.” Katherine recently gave a TEDx talk on how stories teach us empathy, and her work has appeared in USA Today, InStyle, Redbook, People, Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, Real Simple, Southern Living, and InTouch, among others. Katherine lives in her hometown of Houston, Texas, w ...more

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Katherine Center Thank you so much for asking!! I am a huge fan of Helen and Jake, too. I haven't thought about doing a sequel for those two specifically, but I HAVE t…moreThank you so much for asking!! I am a huge fan of Helen and Jake, too. I haven't thought about doing a sequel for those two specifically, but I HAVE thought about writing a story for Duncan! I kind of fell in love with Duncan while I was writing that story (I originally thought he'd be a very minor character, but he was just so hilarious and frustrating and sweet and goofy that I couldn't resist him). I'd love to see what he's up to these days!! :) (less)
Katherine Center HI Ann!!! You are very kind! Thank you! The short answer to your question is: Yes! I am lucky to be married to a guy who is possibly the funniest pers…moreHI Ann!!! You are very kind! Thank you! The short answer to your question is: Yes! I am lucky to be married to a guy who is possibly the funniest person ever, and we joke around constantly--just teasing each other and cracking jokes and bantering. Of all the different elements of a story, dialogue is by far the easiest for me to write. Once I've spent even just a few minutes with the characters in whatever situation they're in, I just start to "hear" them talking. It really just happens on its own. It's like taking dictation. They talk, and I type what they say. Not every aspect of writing is that easy for me. I work much harder—in a way that actually feels like work—on the overall structure of the story and the character arcs and figuring out how the storylines build, and play off each other, and intersect. But the dialogue? It just kind of happens like magic, and getting to write it is one of the great joys in my life. :)(less)
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Katherine Center Katherine Center said: " GET THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!! Loved, loved, loved it. So much wisdom here about how to bring joy into your life. This is one of those non-fiction reads that I will re-read over and over to try to absorb its wisdom. SO grateful I found this book. RUN to grab ...more "

 

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“The world keeps hanging on to this idea that love is for the gullible. But nothing could be more wrong. Love is only for the brave.”
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“We didn't fix everything for each other--but we didn't have to. We just made a choice to be there. Which counted for a lot.”
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I tried not to click on the stars this time. I really did. But HOW CAN I NOT click on them?

They're just lined up there, all sad and empty, just . . . LONGING to be clicked.

I blame the stars.

And now I've just found the title of my autobiography: I B
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" Marian wrote: "I am so looking forward to this movie as well as your next book! I love your work."

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“When you don't know what to do for yourself, do something for somebody else.”
Katherine Center, How to Walk Away

“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.”
Katherine Center, Everyone is Beautiful
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“Choosing to love—despite all the ways that people let you down, and disappear, and break your heart. Knowing everything we know about how hard life is and choosing to love, anyway.. That’s not weakness, that’s courage.”
Katherine Center, Things You Save in a Fire

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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.”
Brené Brown, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

“The things we remember are what we hold on to. And what we hold on to becomes the story of our lives.”
Katherine Center, Happiness for Beginners

“Barni loved talking about the dresses. "Aren't they huge? I've just always been this way," she said, twirling a little. "Just born healthy, I guess."

Oh, God. I hated her so much.”
Katherine Center, Get Lucky

“Courage is contagious. My friend Katherine Center says, "You have to be brave with your life so that others can be brave with theirs.”
Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection

“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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Beth Hi Katherine,
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