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…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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Meet writer/director Vicky Wight!

So excited to do a little Q&A with the lovely Vicky Wight, the writer/director who is bringing The Lost Husband to the big screen!

Vicky is one of my favorite people. She’s gracious and lovely with a wry sense of humor and a tenacious bravery that I so admire. Every time I’m around her, I wish I could just stay right there. She adapted my novel The Lost Husband into a screenplay, filmed it...

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How to Walk Away by Katherine Center
"I loved this book. A terrible accident on what is suppose to be one of the happiest days of her life, turns her life upside down and changes everything she thought her life would become.

This story is so well written as it goes through the ups and..." Read more of this review »
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"Perfect light read I didn’t know I needed. "
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"I loved this book! I’m not sure what drew me to it, but I feel as though Katherine Center wrote it just for me: dysfunctional families, drunk “heroes,” “Let It Be” by The Beatles, and so many more obscure yet funny references that made me feel as..." Read more of this review »
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" YAY! I hope you have a GREAT time! xx "
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Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center
“Ten years I'd simmered in my own self-righteousness, holding my grudge against her as if the only way to win was to stay mad the longest.”
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“It's amazing how brave you can be when you feel safe.”
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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: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

“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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