Cecelia Ahern

Cecelia Ahern


9/30/1981, Dublin, Ireland

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Cecelia Ahern


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A native of Dublin, Ireland, Cecelia Ahern has become known worldwide for her novel P.S., I Love You which eventually made its way to Hollywood via the film adaptation of the same name starring Hilary Swank and Gerald Butler. The book, which was one of the biggest-selling debut…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Cecelia's Published Short Stories:
      "The Production Line" for Express Magazine
      "Every Year" for Harrod's Magazine
      "The Things That I Remember" for Woman's Own
      "Remembering Mum" for Express Magazine
      "Mallard and May" for Woman and Home

    • Cecelia is nicknamed Ces.

    • Cecelia received one million dollars to write her first novel (P.S., I Love You) at age 21. At age 26, she drives her own black and beige Mercedes Benz SL 350.

    • When Cecelia was younger, she loved to dance. She took up jazz and tap dancing classes.

    • Cecelia lives in Dublin, Ireland with athlete-turned-actor boyfriend David Keoghan. The two met in college.

    • When the movie rights to her novel P.S. I Love You was bought, she imagined the character Holly Kennedy to be played by Jennifer Aniston. The role eventually went to Hilary Swank.

    • Cecelia's biggest fan is her mother, whom she fondly calls Mimmie. She even reads Cecelia's works while they are being written. She was the one who encouraged her to pursue writing.

    • Cecelia was nominated for a Rising Star Award in the 2008 Irish Film and Television Awards.

    • Cecelia was in a band called Shimma which came in third place in the Irish final of Eurovision.

    • Cecelia loved to read even as a child. Her favorite book was Under the Hawthorne Tree by Marita Conlon McKenna.

    • Cecelia is the author of the book P.S., I Love You. She completed writing the novel in just three months. Her other books are There's No Place Like Here, If You Could See Me Now, and Love, Rosie.

    • Cecelia Ahern studied Journalism and Media Communications before becoming a novelist. She earned her degree at Griffith College Dublin.

    • Cecelia Ahern is the daughter of the former Taoiseach or Prime Minister of Ireland, Bertie Ahern, who served from 1997 to 2008. Her older sister, Georgina, is married to Westlife member Nick Byrne.

  • Quotes

    • Cecelia: I'm very interested in the idea that we are not alone on this earth. I write books about lives, and in our lives are men, women, children, animals, and the others we feel around us.

    • Cecelia: I'm not famous; it's the book. The book is what's going to be sitting on the shelf, and that's what I want people to see.

    • Cecelia: You can take readers anywhere if they can identify with the character and the feelings and emotions are familiar.

    • Cecelia: A certain freedom comes to those who know who they are and what they believe in, because when you let go, it's easier to move on.

    • Cecelia: (on her success as an author) I'm a spiritual person and believe that all this was meant to be. At the moment I'm on a high but I'm also prepared for the ups and downs that life will undoubtedly throw at me. I've never had a plan. I just go with the flow and with whatever feels right.

    • Cecelia: (on the WGA 2007-2008 strike; Ahern is the creator and executive producer of "Samantha Who?") ...a shame, really, when we're doing so well. I just hope it's resolved really, really quickly. You have to look at the positive. It gives a lot of breathing time and thinking time. You're not on strike from thinking.

    • Cecelia: For me friends and family are so important and relationships that is what life is about and I suppose if you are writing about someone's life then you have to write about the people in it that makes them why the way they are.

    • Cecelia: I really like the quiet life, I go out of my way to have that kind of privacy. Writing was me going into my little ball and locking myself in my room, being away from all that. It turned out that it had the opposite effect.

    • Cecelia: I think people should write because they are passionate about it, because they feel compelled to do it and not for any other reason. It's important to find your own voice, write what you want to write, not what you think people want to read and you're already unique.

    • Cecelia: I was in the shop with my boyfriend and we were buying books. The assistant told us that Cecilia Ahern's book was doing really well. Then she looked at me and said "I also believe Cecelia is going to be on the Late Late Show tonight". She didn't have a clue who she was speaking to!

    • Cecelia: (talking about her novels) They are about real people with ordinary, everyday struggles who are faced with having to embark on a journey of self-discovery.

    • Cecelia: (on her books being referred to as modern fairy tales) It was a phrase I had to think about for some time before eventually accepting it. My opinion of a fairy tale was of a story that lacked realism, in which female characters are "rescued" by men, whisked off their feet from the boredom of their mundane lives, proposed to, and brought to a castle where they would live happily ever after. This is not the case with my books. I want them to be about strong women.