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Daydreamer Cecelia sells TV rights for two books


 Author Cecelia Ahern. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Author Cecelia Ahern. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Author Cecelia Ahern. Photo: Steve Humphreys

SHE has sold 16 million books in 46 countries and now author Cecelia Ahern has inked another major TV deal.

The mum-of-two is celebrating after selling television rights to The Book of Tomorrow and Thanks for the Memories.

She had previous success with Samantha Who? starring Christina Applegate picked up by ABC in the US.

But Cecelia said that she has strict ideas about how her stories are relayed.

"I'm no pushover. If one of my stories is going to be told the wrong way, I'd rather it not be told at all," she said.



Cecelia, youngest daughter of former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, said that she developed her imaginative personality from a very young age.

"I have always been like this. Since the age of five I remember I could be found listening to Michael Jackson on my Fisher Price recorder, playing make believe. I was the character Detective Casey or maybe a doctor," she said.

"I'm a daydreamer. It got me through school and college.

"I can be a passenger in a car and my mind will drift mid conversation. I lose focus and get swept away into the land of make-believe."

Cecelia, whose new novel The Ghostwriter is due out next year, was interviewed by Woman's Way columnist Yvonne Keating.

Yvonne said that her favourite thing about Cecelia was her sense of humour.

"It is dark, irreverent and mischievous," Yvonne said.

"I remember a typical example was when a traumatic event in my life led to worrying weight loss. Cecelia asked me one day when I had last eaten.

"With tears in my eyes I told her 'I haven't been able to eat, my appetite has disappeared'.

"With tongue firmly in her cheek her witty response was 'every cloud has a silver lining' which made me laugh when I needed to," said Yvonne.

clairemurphy @herald.ie