Hey everyone,

My good friend Katherine Center has a new book out – Happiness for Beginners.  I’ve fallen in love with her books over the years – the characters are imperfect, vulnerable, and always funny. She can write a falling-down-and-getting-back-up story like nobody’s business. And she’s also a 5th generation Texan so there’s always a little emotional pig-wrestling and ass-kicking in her books.

Photo by Karen Walrond

I’ve never been able to wrap words around why I enjoy her books so much until last week. We were talking about writing and Katherine said, “Many authors in my genre pull readers through their books using despair. I believe people gravitate toward hope just as much so that’s what I use. I want my books to be a bright spot – and not just when people are holding the book in their hands and reading it. I want people to smile after they set the book down to go to work, drive carpool, or unload the dishwasher.”

That’s exactly how I feel when I’m reading her work.

Katherine’s last book, The Lost Husband, was a page-turner (Caution: I came very close to moving to the Texas Hill Country and buying a goat farm after reading it). It’s been optioned for a film which makes perfect sense. It’s one of those books that unfolds as a movie in your mind as you read it.

Vicky Wight – whose company optioned The Lost Husband – and Katherine are doing a free  Twitter VIDEO chat on Wednesday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m to talk about Katherine’s books. That gives you just enough time to read the new book so you can ask questions!  More info on the video chat is here. 

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You can get your copy of Happiness for Beginners here and listen to a Houston Public Radio interview with Katherine here.

Below is a video that our friend Karen Walrond made of Katherine at her house. I love what she says about our messy amazing lives. ENJOY!