A LITTLE BIT ABOUT CECELIA AHERN
At twenty-one, Cecelia wrote her first novel PS, I Love You, which was sold to forty-seven countries. The film of the same title, directed by Richard LaGravenese and produced by Wendy Finerman productions, starred Hilary Swank, Lisa Kudrow, Kathy Bates, Gerry Butler, Harry Connick Jr, Gina Gershon and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. PS, I Love You was one of the biggest-selling debut novels of 2004, reaching number 1 in Ireland and in the UK Sunday Times bestseller list. It was also a bestseller throughout Europe and the USA, staying on the best-seller list in Germany for 52 weeks.
That same year, in November 2004, her second book Where Rainbows End (as Rosie Dunne hardback in the US, Love, Rosie paperback in US) also reached no.1 in Ireland and the UK, remaining at the top of the Irish bestsellers list for 12 weeks and again was a bestseller internationally. Where Rainbows End was adapted for film titled Love, Rosie and will be released in Oct 2014, starring Lily Collins and Sam Claflin.
Her third book If You Could See Me Now was published in November 2005 and also became an international bestseller. It has been optioned by producer Simon Brooks, producer of Love, Rosie.
Cecelia’s fourth novel A Place Called Here (published under the title There’s No Place Like Here in the US) also became an international number one bestseller.
Thanks For The Memories her fifth novel was also a huge bestseller and is now being adapted for a TV Drama Series by Gate Productions.
The Gift was published in October 2008 and became an International bestseller. It is optioned by Oscar winning producer Andreas Bareiss, and it is going into production later this year.
Her seventh novel The Book Of Tomorrow was released in October 2009 and eOne Television are developing it for a TV series in the US.
In March of 2011 her two short stories, Girl in the Mirror were published.
In November by Cecelia’s eighth novel The Time Of My Life was published and also became a bestseller.
Her ninth novel One Hundred Names was published in October 2012 and became a number one bestseller.
Her tenth novel How To Fall In Love was published in November 2013 and also became another bestseller, as were her eleventh and twelfth novels, The Year I Met You (2014) and The Marble Collector (2015).
In 2016, Cecelia released Flawed, her first book for young adults, and Lyrebird.
To date Cecelia has sold over 25 million copies of her books worldwide.
AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS
Cecelia was nominated for Best Newcomer 2004/5 at the British Book Awards for her debut novel PS, I Love You. She won the 2005 Irish Post Award for Literature and a 2005 Corine Award for her second book Where Rainbows End, (Fur Immer Viellecht) which was voted for by German readers. In 2006, she was long-listed for the IMPAC award for PS I Love You. Cosmopolitan US honoured her with a Fun Fearless Fiction Award 2007 for If You Could See Me Now. Irish Tatler awarded her Writer of the Year at the Woman of the Year awards in 2009. Cecelia’s fifth novel Thanks for the Memories was nominated for Most Popular Book in the British Book Awards 2008. Cecelia was voted Author of Year in the UK Glamour Women of the Year Awards in 2008.
Cecelia was the co-creater, along with Donald Todd, and producer of the Emmy award winning ABC comedy series, Samantha Who? which starred Christina Applegate, Jean Smart, Jennifer Esposito, Barry Watson, Kevin Dunn and Melissa McCarthy.
Cecelia created a TV movie Three Wise Women for Hallmark TV starring Amy Huberman and Fionnuala Flanagan in 2010.
Cecelia developed a TV movie series for ZDF in Germany which got an audience of over 9 million viewers. She is currently developing another drama for ZDF which will be broadcast in the Fall of 2015.