Wednesday 17 January 2018

'I returned to work too soon after giving birth' - Cecelia Ahern

Cecelia Ahern
Cecelia Ahern
Ken Sweeney

Ken Sweeney

NOVELIST Cecelia Ahern believes she may have returned to work too soon after the birth of her second child.

The 31-year-old had Sonny in July last year, but within weeks was busy again promoting hit novel One Hundred Names.

"He was just 10 weeks when my book came out and I had to do the promotion," she said. "I wouldn't do any more than two nights away, and it was very soon, but you have to."

Since then Cecelia has tried to condense promotional work into three days so that her time away from Sonny and three-year-old daughter Robin is brief.

But she revealed how both she and her husband, actor David Keoghan, found adjusting to having a second child a challenge. "At the beginning I just found it so much -- one will kick off always at the wrong time," she said.

"But now they're funny, Sonny's running around and they're bouncing off each other, so it's good."

With millions of book sales, a sabbatical would certainly be possible from her job of writing best-sellers, but Cecelia says she has never been tempted.

"If I really wanted to, I could. It's definitely not something my publishers would really want me to be doing all the time," she said. But she does admit to letting her hair down, most recently when she organised a night out with her friends to see The Chippendales at Dublin's Olympia Theatre.

With a new book, How To Fall In Love, out in November, the months ahead will see Cecelia visiting Romania, New York, London and Germany and a book festival in India.

A full interview appears in the November issue of Irish Tatler.

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