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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Bright Side of Disaster (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Everyone is Beautiful (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Get Lucky (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lost Husband (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Happiness for Beginners (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
How to Walk Away (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Things You Save in a Fire (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
What You Wish For (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Bodyguard (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hello Stranger (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Rom-Commers (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Crush: 26 Real-life Tales of First Love(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon

About Katherine Center

A writer of contemporary American fiction, the author Katherine Center is well known for her incisive and intelligent stories, largely focused on romance in the modern world. This has won her a loyal following of fans from all across the world, as they eagerly await each novel with anticipation and excitement. A writer fiction in all forms, she has gifted way with words, creating a variety of emotions on the page, ones which resonate widely with her audience. With the passion clearly resounding from each and every page, she manages to evoke a sense of exactly who she is and precisely what she has to say. Becoming a bestselling novelist has only come to cement this, as she has gone on to achieve a level of success quite unlike any other.

Looking into what truly drives the human heart, she manages to get to the bottom of some very real and very human emotions. These can be seen as one of the main driving forces behind each and every one of her stories, evoking a rich tapestry of ideas and feelings. It is also her characters that really resonate as well, as they come alive for the reader, leaping off the page almost, staying with them long after they’ve finished the novel. Adept at writing poetry and short-stories too, she is highly skilled with her prose and the manner in which it flows across the page. This is something that will continue for some time to come yet, as she doesn’t show signs of stopping any time in the near future.

Early and Personal Life

Born in 1972 on the fourth of March, Katherine Center would grow up in America, showing a strong interest in reading and writing from an early age. This would progress throughout the years, especially as she went on to study at St. John’s School in Houston, Texas, where she would later graduate from. Following this she would go on to study at Vasser College, located in Poughkeepsie, in New York, whereby she would receive the ‘Vassar College Fiction Prize’ whilst studying there. Later she would also attend the University of Houston, where she would receive and M.A. For fiction, further developing her and her craft. She would also become a finalist for the ‘Mary McCarthy Prize’ after her collection of short-stories and main thesis for Houston, titled ‘Peepshow’, was nominated.

This has all lead to her becoming one of the foremost writers currently working within her field of fiction to date. Speaking about her craft at numerous events too, she has managed to impart her love of her craft to many other aspiring writers too. Currently living in Houston, Texas, with her husband Gordon, along with their son Thomas, and daughter Anna, she continues to write to this very day.

Writing Career

It was during sixth grade that Center would try her hand at writing fiction for the first time, with her first novel being fan-fiction about the band Duran Duran. Getting a taste for it, she would go on and become a writer, later bringing out her debut novel titled ‘The Bright Side of Disaster’ in 2007. This would lead to a series of other stand-alone mostly romance titles about modern women living in and navigating the modern world. Her first novel’s release would also lead to it getting optioned for a big-screen adaptation through ‘Varsity Pictures’ as well. Publishing essays across a variety of different publications, such as ‘Real Simple’, she has made a strong name for herself throughout the literary industry.

Known for speaking extensively about her craft too, she has also attended the ‘TEDX Bend’ 2018 conference, where she gave a talk titled ‘We Need to Teach Boys to Read Stories About Girls’. She is also well known and highly regarded for her video essays, many of which revolve around motherhood, and what exactly defines it. Attending many other events too, she continues to maintain a strong presence both online and off, as her writing career grows from strength-to-strength.

Things You Save in a Fire

First published through the ‘St. Martin’s Press’ publishing label, this would originally come out on the 13th of August in 2019. Marking the seventh stand-alone title from Katherine Center, it provides another contemporary romance story of modern woman navigating a new life. Delivering the story with all her trademark wit and flair, Center manages to ground the story in a very real and genuine manner.

Dealing with themes such as the differences between the sexes, this novel deals with a series of in-depth issues, making them accessible and fun. The leading character of Cassie Hanwell is also well drawn and strong, taking charge and carrying the story forwards with a sense of real determination. Taking the locations of Texas and Boston as well, it manages to juxtapose them against each other well, allowing them both to define the story too.

Working as the only female firefighter in a Texas fire-house, Cassie Hanwell is well equipped for any and all emergencies there. That’s when her mother calls her out of the blue, asking her to uproot as she is now ailing, leading Cassie to have to move to Boston. This then leads to her needing to get used to the more old-school fire-house there, one which doesn’t take so kindly to females in their midst. Stepping on to the scene is the new handsome rookie firefighter, as he seems to see her as a true equal, leading to her doubting her old mantra of ‘never falling in love with a firefighter’. Will she keep to it? Can she overcome the obstacles her new life presents to her? ‘Just what’ she asks, ‘are the things you save in a fire’?

Happiness For Beginners

Published through the ‘St. Martin’s Griffin’ publishing imprint, this was an earlier entry from Katherine Center, with it being brought out on the 24th of March in 2015. Providing a story of a woman attempting to pull her life together, it sees Helen Carpenter, at the age of thirty-two, go on a survival-course into the wilderness after her ten years younger brother and his friend urge her to sign up with them following her divorce. This then sees her attempting to find herself in the great outdoors, as she not only navigates the wilderness of Wyoming, but blizzards, mosquitoes and sorority girls. Will she be able to manage it all? What will she find? Can she discover happiness for beginners?

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2 Responses to “Katherine Center”

  1. Helen: 12 months ago

    I have read 2 of Center’s books. I love the stories and characters, and colorful modern settings. Just one negative. The profanity. Same story would be so much better without it.

  2. Diane M Dunn: 2 years ago

    I have just discovered Ms. Center’s books. I’m so happy. Also very interesting is our daughter was also born in Houston where we lived for 2 years. Such a small world.
    I have an eye problem that is preventing me from holding, smelling and reading books. I’ve discovered audio books through my public library. Ms. Center will become my new author of choice sending my current favorite author Charles Martin to second place. Thank you so much!! while listening to your books, I’ve just finished, Things Your Save in a Fire I forget I’m reading and somehow thing I’m listening to a wonderful story. I appreciate you.


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