Sunday 19 November 2017

Cecelia Ahern on having a modern marriage: 'We don't like rules in our house'

Cecelia Ahern, Dave Keoghan
Cecelia Ahern, Dave Keoghan
Miriam Ahern, with daughters Cecelia and Georgina. Photo: Brian McEvoy
Cecelia Ahern
Bertie Ahern, Cecelia Ahern

Cecelia Ahern has opened up about her modern household, explaining that she and her husband “don’t like rules”.

The best-selling author has two children with her athlete-turned-actor husband David Keoghan.

Cecelia Ahern
Cecelia Ahern

In an interview with The Sunday Times Culture magazine, Ahern calls her hubby “cool and modern” and explained that “neither of us are traditional or like rules.”

“I have a husband who’s totally cool and modern. Neither of us are traditional or like rules. We don’t try to change each other,” she said.

Miriam Ahern, with daughters Cecelia and Georgina. Photo: Brian McEvoy
Miriam Ahern, with daughters Cecelia and Georgina. Photo: Brian McEvoy

The traditional bread-winner role has been reversed in the Ahern household, she explained.

Cecelia, who turns 33 next week, works in an office outside her Malahide home for eight hours a day and David helps to look after their two children Robin (4) and Sonny (2).

“I thought it would be uncreative but it does work.

“With a job like this, it is quite stressful and he’s very helpful. I do need him to be that supportive.

“I write my novels from January to June. I’m usually finished in four or five months. Then I edit in the summer. September, October, November is promotion time and that’s when I travel. Every week is three nights max in a different country. I’m just trying to keep my head above water.

“I’ve a two-year-old and a four-year-old and I think it’s enough for me. It’s not even enough, it’s too much, but it’s do-able,” she added.

Ahern was 21 when she wrote best-selling novel PS I Love You, which was later turned into a Hollywood movie.

She has since produced an impressive 11 novels in as many years with her latest, The Year I Met You, due to hit shelves on October 11.

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