Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Home and Away with Cecelia Ahern....plus a book giveaway

Introduction by Melissa Amster

We are thrilled and honored to have Cecelia Ahern visiting CLC today. She is one of the authors Melissa P. and I initially bonded about when we reconnected on Facebook back in 2009. Her books are heartfelt, entertaining and quirky. She is best known for P.S. I Love You, which was made into a movie a few years later. Other fabulous works of hers include Rosie Dunne (a.k.a. Love, Rosie), If You Could See Me Now and Thanks for the Memories. Her latest novel, One Hundred Names (reviewed here) is being published in paperback in the UK this week, and I'm sure that it won't be long before it comes to the US.

Cecelia is here today to answer our "Home and Away" questions. I hope you will enjoy her answers as much as we did! I even have one of her books to send to a lucky reader anywhere in the world! (It's a surprise though...)

Visit Cecelia at her website, Facebook and Twitter.

Home:

Favorite place you liked to hang out at when you were a kid? 
I used to sit in my wardrobe (Dublin, Ireland) and listen to Michael Jackson's "Bad Album" on a Fisher Price record player. I'd also make up stories in my head so I believe that's the beginning of my storytelling.

If we were to visit you where you currently live, what would you take us to see first? 
I would bring you to Co. Kerry in the South west of Ireland to the Gap of Dunloe and I'd let you sit there and take in the view!

Tell us one feature that would be a must-have for the house of your dreams?
A chef would be ideal!


Away:

Where did you go for your last holiday? 
We stayed on The Palm in Dubai in December and it was beautiful.

Where is the farthest location you've ever traveled to? 
Australia. I've been twice on book tours and I love the country. I think Australians are the most relaxed, friendly people of all. Hobart, Tasmania was my favourite place on my last trip, it's so beautiful.


Do you have a favorite traveling outfit that you bring on every trip? No!

Thanks to Cecelia for visiting with us and to HarperCollins UK for coordinating this interview.

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36 comments:

TinaB said...

Fave place to hang out when I was a kid was at my neighbors house.
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Summer Grinstead said...

I love exploring our neighborhood as a child. sumsum085@aol.com

Melissas Eclectic Bookshelf said...

I loved hanging out in my friends basement...it was board game heaven and nice and cool:)

Nova said...

Favorite place to hang out as a kid was outside, in the backyard, or exploring the woods and climbing tree we had!!
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Bonnie K. said...

I loved hanging out in my bedroom---I was either playing with my dolls or reading. I read a lot. Still do. :) I also played outside a lot and rode my bicycle around the neighborhood.
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Connie said...

No question about it: My favorite place to hang out as a kid was to climb up the tree in my front yard with a couple of books and read all day. I loved it! Nancy Drew, some classics and biographies were my favorite. I was comfy and I loved it!

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Amber @ A Little Pink in the Cornfields said...

My favorite place to hangout as a kid was our backyard, either on the swingset (usually reading) in the pool or on the trampoline! :)

Sheena said...

My favorite place as a kid would have been in my own backyard. It was pretty big and I had a swingset!

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Anonymous said...

I loved hanging out at the local library. That's when my love of books started.

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Chanpreet said...

My favorite place as a child was playing in our backyard with my younger brothers and neighbors.

My second favorite place was the library and our daily outings to it every Monday!

Jessica said...

I liked hanging out at the pool when I was a kid.

Thanks!
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fredamans said...

Cecelia should visit Canada, if she enjoys the laid back nature of the Aussies. A lot of them say we are alike. :-)

Janine said...

This really sounds like an interesting book. My favorite place to hang out when I was a kid when I lived in New York (until I was 10 years old) was the river. After we moved to Texas, I loved hanging out by the creek. I guess there was just something about water that relaxed me and let me dream.

Linda Kish said...

I liked to hang out in my back yard with my friends.

Maureen said...

I would hang out at a friend's house or the playground around the corner.

Mary Jo Burke said...

My grandmother lived a block away from the beach. Always there!

Stacie said...

I loved visiting my Minnesota cousins and hanging out in their upstairs bedroom! Oh the memories!

Lisamarie said...

My favorite place to hang out was the park ...swinging too see how I could go.

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Lea said...

My favorite place to hang out as a kid was the field in front of our house.

Jennifer said...

My favorite place hanging out was our window seat

bn100 said...

the park

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Jilleen said...

Up in a tree reading! I called it "my reading tree." It had the perfect crook to lean back into and read the day away!

Chrissy TheEveryFreeChanceReader said...

We always went to the ice rink on Friday nights when I was in junior high. I loved that.

Jennifer L. said...

I loved to hang out at the beach by our cottage.

Beckie said...

My favourite place as a child was the beach, there was always so much to do there!

Anita Yancey said...

My favorite place to hang out as a kid was my cousin's house. Thanks for having the giveaway.

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rubynreba said...

My favorite place to hang out was in the barn with the animals!

Heather said...

My favorite place to hang out as a kid was a for we built in the wood behind our house!

Charlotte said...

Sitting in a tree reading a book.
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Mary Preston said...

Down the backyard. Always something to do there.

Kritter said...

I was a church kid growing up, so all of my friends were from church

susieqlaw said...

the lake or the beach

PoCoKat said...

I loved to hang around our pool in the summer.

Bridget O'Neill said...

Our backyard backed up into a playground, we spent a lot of time there!

Karen Hambly said...

We lived across the street from a huge park so many of us hung out there.

Donna E said...

favorite place to hang out as a kid -- well 50+ years ago, being out and about wasn't so scary for kids [or for parents letting us out to play]. Summer time I'd get on my bike early morning and may not be home until late afternoon. Many times I'd be at my girlfriends' homes; or just riding around. And of an evening, all the kids in the neighborhood would play in the yards and in the street. Those days are gone -- more's the pity.