Katherine Center is the author of four bittersweet comic novels about love and family, including The Bright Side of Disaster, Everyone Is Beautiful, and Get Lucky. Her newest book, The Lost Husband–which Kirkus Reviews calls “heart-rending and heartwarming” and Bookfinds calls “sweet, smart, and inspiring”– goes on sale May 7, 2013. Her books and essays have appeared in Redbook, People, USA Today, Vanity Fair, Real Simple, the Dallas Morning News, and the Houston Chronicle, as well as the anthologies Because I Love Her: 34 Women Writers on the Mother-Daughter Bond, My Parents Were Awesome, and CRUSH: 26 Real Life Tales of First Love. Two of these essays were performed the Dallas Museum of Art’s Texas Bound Reading Series.
Library Journal calls Get Lucky a “thoroughly enjoyable girlish romp,” and Kirkus Reviews likens Everyone Is Beautiful to the 1950s motherhood classic Please Don’t Eat the Daisies: “Center ’s breezy style invites the reader to commiserate, laughing all the way.” BookPage named Katherine one of seven new writers to watch, and her first novel, which People calls “cleverly told and uncommonly appealing,” has been optioned by Varsity Pictures.
Katherine sometimes blogs, Facebooks, Tweets, makes video essays, and speaks to all kinds of groups and book clubs. (And sometimes she just hangs out at her house, writing books and goofing around.) She lives in her hometown of Houston, Texas, with her awesome husband, two sweet children, and their fluffy-but-fierce dog, Sweetie, who protects them all from squirrels, Rottweilers, and UPS trucks.
Here’s Katherine in a Public Service Announcement in support of creative writing classes for children:
And here’s Katherine in 2007, telling the quick story of how she wrote her first novel: