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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, ...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…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…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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BOOK TOUR for Things You Save in a Fire!

BOOK TOUR for Things You Save in a Fire!

Things You Save in a Fire goes on sale Tuesday, August 13, 2019—and I’ll be touring Texas and the south for two weeks to celebrate!!


Here’s the current book tour schedule! Please come see me—or send your friends who live in or near these towns!




Things You Save in a Fire book tour!


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MONDAY, AUGUST 12 – LAUNCH: HOUSTON, TX


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"This is such an amazing book! How one woman’s tragedy becomes a positive. Family struggle and a lot of healing. Katherine Center is my new favorite author!"
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"Very strong 4.5 read for me! I devoured this, so much so that I actually had to go buy a second book for my weekend beach trip because I read this so fast (though buying books is my favorite thing, so I count that as a win!). The only suggestion I..." Read more of this review »
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Nobody spoke, and for the first time ever—maybe in my entire life—that was okay. We listened to the wind, and the muted traffic ten stories below, and the crunch of cookies as we chewed. We watched the sky darken as the sun sank out of view. So much of life is just grinding through. So many moments just exist to deliver you to the ones that follow. But this moment was a destination in itself.
That quality Maggie has of being incredibly uncomfortable with silence? That’s me. I cribbed that straight from my own life. I can’t be anywhere—a cab, a doctor’s office, a waiting room—and be in the presence of other people without feeling an overwhelming urge to fill all cracks in the conversation. I like silence fine when I’m alone—but if there’s a person anywhere nearby, I have to talk. And I’ll say anything! I’ll grasp at any conversational straw—blurt out whatever comes to mind, overshare like a nut. I love the way that quality in Maggie totally crashed head-on into Ian’s brooding ...more
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Lady firefighters probably had the deck stacked against them anyway.
When I decided to make the firefighter who pulled Maggie from the plane “a lady,” I had no idea that she would turn out to be the main character of my next book. I just did it for fun. Just for a little surprise. Just to make the scene a little bit unusual. But then—and this is how things go in fiction writing—suddenly, with that little change, the scene had a whole new level of depth. They were suddenly more than just victim and rescuer. They suddenly knew each other, and had things in common in a new way—both women who had faced, and would keep facing, hard things. When I’m writing ...more
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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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“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

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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.”
Katherine Center, Everyone is Beautiful
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Beth Hi Katherine,
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