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Q&A with best-selling author, Cecelia Ahern - ANSWERS BACK

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RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 11-Oct-11 11:58:05

Cecelia Ahern is the bestselling author of eight novels, including PS; I Love You, The Gift and The Book of Tomorrow. Her first novel PS. I Love You was subsequently turned in to a hit box-office film starring Hilary Swank which she wrote at the age of 21. She has since written hit screenplays and US sitcoms including the E4 hit Samantha Who?) along with eight further Sunday-Times best-selling novels. In 2010 Cecelia was named Best Writer at the Glamour Magazine Women of The Year Awards. She lives in County Dublin with her husband and their daughter.

Cecelia's latest novel, A Time of My Life tells the story of Lucy Silchester who receives an appointment card which she brushes under the carpet and avoids by busying herself with the chores of everyday life. But Lucy is about to find out that this is one appointment that she can't miss. And she can't escape it either. Her life is about to catch up with her in the most surreal of ways. Described as 'touching, warm funny and poignant', Cecelia Ahern's new novel explores what happens when you stop paying attention to your life. If you'd like to receive a free copy, make sure you're signed up for the Book Club Newsletter which will be sent out later today.

Send your question in to Cecelia by 5pm on Monday 17th October and we'll be linking to her answers the following week.

LottieJenkins Tue 11-Oct-11 18:59:56

Hi Cecelia, I loved the book PS I Love You.......... but despite Gerard Butler being in the film i hated it.................What did you think of the film version??

LottieJenkins Tue 11-Oct-11 19:00:44

YAY!!! I got the first question in! smile

Saltire Tue 11-Oct-11 20:38:30

did you happen to get Gerard Butlers phone number grin

FreddieMercurysBolero Tue 11-Oct-11 20:46:22

Were you in the same room as Gerard Butler at any point?

Peaceflower Tue 11-Oct-11 21:14:25

Who read you your bedtime stories when you were little?

celebmum Tue 11-Oct-11 22:24:43

Celia, firstly I have a copy of all your books! Congratulations you ate the only author who has ever managed to get me to do that!

I particularly enjoy where rainbows end, what gave you the idea for that book?

Also I 'heart' ps. I love you!

chocoBOO Tue 11-Oct-11 23:12:56

There's been a definite change in style in your books - they've become more and more mystical recently.

Did something in your own life inspire this and do you ever feel like moving back towards the more realistic styles of PS I Love You and Where Rainbows End?

CaptainNancy Wed 12-Oct-11 00:28:49

Sorry- I have a question for RachelMN- did you write the book club round-up?

mychildrenarebarmy Wed 12-Oct-11 08:49:00

I love all your books and can read them time and time again. What is your all time favourite book?

Ifancyanewname Wed 12-Oct-11 13:07:42

I have just finished "the gift" and it made me cry my eyes out at the end. It really made me think about the importance of putting family first. Is this something close to your heart, do you feel as though you have not been put first as a family member or have you been guilty of taking loved ones for granted?

GeraldineMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 12-Oct-11 13:20:11


Sorry- I have a question for RachelMN- did you write the book club round-up?

<puts hand up timidly> Twas me (with help from ShadeMumsnet).

CaptainNancy Wed 12-Oct-11 13:36:28

Have pm-ed, thank you Gerry.

glastocat Wed 12-Oct-11 16:36:45

Did your dad help you get your book deal? grin And what did you think of his News of the World ad? grin

rhetorician Wed 12-Oct-11 19:41:47

glastocat oh, there's a whole series of questions one would like to ask the Aherns...

MsXpat Wed 12-Oct-11 21:15:58

Hi Cecelia! I adore your work. To me, your books are like adult fairy tales. The mysticism facinates me. Do you feel that you have to keep your 'inner child' alive in order to capture the innocence and inquistiveness that your features in your narratives?

Deuce Wed 12-Oct-11 22:47:15

Hi Cecelia, how do you feel about the mess your Father made of the Irish economy and how he got out just in time? You must be so proud.

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 13-Oct-11 09:40:39

Quick reminder that our guidelines for webchats also apply to Q&As: "Obviously you're free to voice your opinion, but do be civil/polite - please afford our guests the same cordiality you would if they stopped by your own house".

glastocat Thu 13-Oct-11 09:54:30

Message deleted by Mumsnet.

glastocat Thu 13-Oct-11 09:55:09

Ahhh, sorry about the stray apostrophe though!

CaptainNancy Thu 13-Oct-11 11:11:40

Can children really ever be responsible for their parents' actions though?

I haven't read any of her books, so I went on wikipedia and goodness! She is young, and lovely looking, and sang in Eurovision heats, and is married to a pop star, and gave her child the most lovely name (v chalet school wink). Yes- life has dealt her a lucky hand but she seems to be making the most of her opportunities not wasting them, so good for her.

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 18-Oct-11 11:35:42

This Q&A is now closed. Thanks for the questions which we've sent over to Cecelia this morning and we'll be linking to her answers from this thread next week.

ImperialBlether Wed 26-Oct-11 21:04:01

I want to know why she writes so many bloody daft books. I'm thinking in particular of the Land of Lost Things (can't remember exact title and my eyes bleed at the thought of seeing the book again.)

LottieJenkins Thu 27-Oct-11 22:23:35

When are we going to get CA's replies????

mychildrenarebarmy Fri 28-Oct-11 16:45:28

ImperialBlether Is that not a slightly pointless and unpleasant post?! Everyone is entitled to their opinion and all that but really? If you don't like them don't read them.
MNHQ How much longer before we get the replies?

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