Friday, March 20, 2009

Guest Post ~ Katherine Center

I just wanted to say a big thank you to Katherine for stopping by my blog today :) It was is my pleasure to host her on her blog tour!


Katherine Center’s second novel, Everyone Is Beautiful, is featured in the March issue of Redbook. Kirkus Reviews likens it to the 1950s motherhood classic Please Don’t Eat the Daisies, and says, “Center’s breezy style invites the reader to commiserate, laughing all the way.” Booklist calls it “a superbly written novel filled with unique and resonant characters.” Katherine’s first novel, The Bright Side of Disaster, was featured in People Magazine, USA Today, Vanity Fair, the Houston Chronicle, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. BookPage named Katherine one of seven new writers to watch, and the paperback of Bright Side was a Breakout Title at Target. Katherine recently published an essay in Real Simple Family and has another forthcoming in Because I Love Her: 34 Women Writers on the Mother-Daughter Bond this April. She has just turned in her third novel, Get Lucky, and is starting on a fourth. She lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband and two young children.

You can visit her website at


Lanie Coates’s life is spinning out of control. She’s piled everything she owns into a U-Haul and driven with her husband, Peter, and their three little boys from their cozy Texas home to a multiflight walkup in the Northeast. She’s left behind family, friends, and a comfortable life–all so her husband can realize his dream of becoming a professional musician. But somewhere in the eye of her personal hurricane, it hits Lanie that she once had dreams too. If only she could remember what they were.

These days, Lanie always seems to rank herself dead last–and when another mom accidentally criticizes her appearance, it’s the final straw. Fifteen years, three babies, and more pounds than she’s willing to count since the day she said “I do,” Lanie longs desperately to feel like her old self again. It’s time to rise up, fish her moxie out of the diaper pail, and find the woman she was before motherhood capsized her entire existence.

Lanie sets change in motion–joining a gym, signing up for photography classes, and finding a new best friend. But she also creates waves that come to threaten her whole life. In the end, Lanie must figure out once and for all how to find herself without losing everything else in the process.
Katherine Center’s Everyone Is Beautiful is a hugely entertaining, poignant, and charming new novel about what happens after happily ever after: how a woman learns to fall in love with her husband–and her entire life–all over again.


Last weekend, I had a project.

I’d had the brilliant idea of making cupcake toppers for a fancy dinner I was going to at the Mom 2.0 Summit. On one side, I put an image of the cover of my new book, Everyone Is Beautiful. And on the other side, I put a quote from the book.

It turned out to be a heck of a project—and a ton of work—but it was so fun to get to comb through the book and mark my favorite quotes. I loved pulling them out of the book and giving them a place to shine.

All in all, I made 50 cupcake toppers—don’t even ask me what I was thinking—and here are my ten favorites:

Favorite Cupcake Quote #1:

“Something in his posture as he walked toward me said exactly what he was thinking: that none of our children ever vomited when I was there to watch them.”

Favorite Cupcake Quote #2:
“I believe the eyes see everything through the heart. And nothing in the world feels as good as resting them on someone you love.”

Favorite Cupcake Quote #3:

“Children, as they say, are very intuitive, and they always seem to know when you are just aching for a few minutes of calm to clear your head—and that’s when they really let you have it.”

Favorite Cupcake Quote #4:

“I did not want to live a life without dessert.”

Favorite Cupcake Quote #5:

“Sometimes there is no way to hold your life together. Sometimes things just have to fall apart.”

Favorite Cupcake Quote #6:

“She believed it was the things you didn’t worry about that always got you in the end, so she hedged her bets by worrying a little about everything she could think of.”

Favorite Cupcake Quote #7:

“Trust me, sweetheart,” she said. “Fear and passion are, like, practically the same thing.”

Favorite Cupcake Quote #8:

“It was as if my childhood existed in a past so distant that I’d never be able to reach it again. Which, of course, was true.”

Favorite Cupcake Quote #9:

“I remember thinking that truly, if I gained thirty pounds, I might as well be run over anyway. Because I’d have no reason to live.”

Favorite Cupcake Quote #10:

“People are always beautiful when you love them.”

My Top Ten Lines From Everyone Is Beautiful
© Katherine Center 2009 All Rights Reserved


Dorothy Thompson said...

“People are always beautiful when you love them.”

That sent goose bumps.

Thank you so much for hosting Katherine today, Lori!

Julie P. said...

I am so excited that I just received this book in the mail yesterday. I can't wait to read it!