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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Event with BRENE BROWN for Things You Save in a Fire!!!

SO excited to share that THURSDAY, September 24, 2020, I’m doing a VIRTUAL EVENT with the legendary Brené Brown to celebrate the paperback release of Things You Save in a Fire!


 


Who says nothing good can happen this year??


 


Brené and I have been friends for over 10 years, and she’s been an amazing mentor, sounding board, and pal for me. Come hear us talk about the time I cried on her sofa, the ‘

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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 Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt
“Work on your strengths, not your weaknesses. How many of your New Year’s resolutions have been about fixing a flaw? And how many of those resolutions have you made several years in a row? It’s difficult to change any aspect of your personality by sheer force of will, and if it is a weakness you choose to work on, you probably won’t enjoy the process. If you don’t find pleasure or reinforcement along the way, then—unless you have the willpower of Ben Franklin—you’ll soon give up. But you don’t really have to be good at everything. Life offers so many chances to use one tool instead of another, and often you can use a strength to get around a weakness.”
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Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center
"I loved this book! I couldn’t put it down. It was a wonderfully moving story about finding one’s self, overcoming life’s challenges and forgiving others and one’s self.

Cassie Hanwell is tough, smart, fit and excellent at her job as a medic and firefi" Read more of this review »
How to Walk Away by Katherine Center
"I am all in with this book. I see people logging it as "chick lit" and "romance" and those are not my go-to genres, but this book just made me smile as I finished the last words of the chapter. It was easy to get lost in quickly, and Margaret was ver" Read more of this review »
How to Walk Away by Katherine Center
"I loved this book so much! The style of writing makes it an easy-read, and I really felt like I knew the characters. I especially love how the ending is not a perfect Hollywood-style ending where it’s “all” okay (trying to avoid spoilers). I’m excite" Read more of this review »
Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center
“That’s how life is. Things happen. Lives get broken. Some people never can put themselves back together. I wondered if she would. I wondered if I would. . . . But what was that old saying my dad loved so much? The best revenge is forgetting. I clearly hadn’t forgotten a thing. Despite all my efforts.”
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What You Wish For by Katherine Center
“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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" Marie wrote: "I Blame the Stars would be a great title!"

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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."

Hooray!! Thank you so much!!! I'm so glad you enjoy
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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

“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

“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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“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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