Cathy Kelly Biography
Cathy Kelly is an Irish writer of women’s fiction and former journalist born on 12th September 1966 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. In 2001, her novel ‘Someone Like You’ won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award by the Romantic Novelists’ Association.
She studied at a convent school, on leaving school Cathy initially worked as a journalist with a national Irish newspaper, working in news and features alongside being an agony aunt and film critic. She loved being an agony aunt in particular, describing it as a bit like getting a PhD in people. Cathy juggled her job with writing in her spare time, and her first novel, Woman to Woman, was published in 1997. It went straight to number 1 on the Irish Times and Sunday Times bestseller lists.
Cathy’s trademark is warm Irish story-telling about modern life, and her books deal with themes ranging from relationships and marriage to depression and loss, but always with an uplifting message, sense of community and strong female characters at the heart.
She is also an Ambassador for Unicef Ireland, raising funds and awareness for children orphaned by or living with HIV/AIDS.
Cathy Kelly Age
She was born on 12 September 1966 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She was raised in Dublin.
Cathy Kelly Husband
She lives with her husband, John, their young twin sons, Dylan and Murray, and their three dogs in County Wicklow, Ireland.
Cathy Kelly Author
Cathy was born in Belfast but raised in Dublin, Cathy initially worked for thirteen years as a newspaper journalist with a national Irish Sunday newspaper, where she worked in news, features, along with spending time as an agony aunt and the paper’s film critic. However, her overwhelming love was always fiction and she published her first international bestseller, Woman To Woman, in 1997. She did not become a full-time writer until she had written another two books (She’s The One and Never Too Late) and finally decided to leave the world of journalism in 2001, moving to HarperCollins Publishers at the same time.
Someone Like You and What She Wants followed in successive years. Her sixth novel, Just Between Us, was her first Sunday Times number one bestseller, while her eighth novel, Always and Forever, topped the UK bestseller lists in October 2005, displacing Dan Brown and J. K. Rowling. In 2007, Past Secrets in was also a number one paperback bestseller.
Lessons in Heartbreak was shortlisted for the Eason Irish Popular Fiction Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards in April 2009. In September 2009, Once in a Lifetime topped the UK bestseller lists for three weeks. In March 2011, Homecoming achieved the same feat. Her latest novel is It Started With Paris, published by Orion in 2014.
In Autumn 2011, Cathy headlined a search for a new writer on ITV’s The Alan Titchmarsh Show.
Cathy’s trademark is warm story-telling and she consistently tops the bestseller lists around the world with books which deal with themes ranging from relationships and marriage to depression and loss, but always with an uplifting message and strong female characters at the heart.
Cathy also has a passionate interest in children’s rights and is an ambassador for UNICEF Ireland. Her role for UNICEF is a Global Parent, which means raising funds and awareness for children orphaned by or living with HIV/AIDs.
Cathy Kelly Between Sisters
Cassie has spent her married life doing everything right – making sure her children have the perfect life, being a devoted wife and a dutiful daughter-in-law. Although it’s left her so exhausted that ‘wine o’clock’ comes a little earlier each afternoon . . .
Her sister Coco runs a vintage dress shop and has shied away from commitment over the years. Coco believes men complicate things, and she’s got enough to contend with. Until a face from her past returns.
Watching over them is grandmother Pearl, tucked away in her little house in Delaney Square. But something is keeping her awake at night. Was she right to do what she did all those years ago?
And then there’s Elsa, the polished face of daytime TV, who’s battled demons of her own in the past and come out on top. Now Elsa faces one final fight – but it will require more bravery than anything which has come before.
Cathy Kelly Latest Book: The Year That Changed Everything
Three women celebrate their birthdays . . . 30. 40. 50.
But their milestone birthdays marks the start of a year that will change everything . . .
Ginger isn’t spending her 30th the way she would have planned. Tonight might be the first night of the rest of her life – or a total disaster.
Sam is finally pregnant after years of trying. When her waters break on the morning of her 40th birthday, she panics: forget labour, how is she going to be a mother?
Callie is celebrating her 50th at a big party in her Dublin home. Then a knock at the door mid-party turns her perfect life upside down . . .
Cathy Kelly Books
- The House on Willow Street
- Once in a Lifetime
- Lessons in Heartbreak
- Past Secrets
- Always and Forever
- Best of Friends
- Just Between Us
- What She Wants
- The Year That Changed Everything
- Secrets of a Happy Marriage
- Between Sisters
- It Started With Paris
- The Honey Queen
- Christmas Magic
Cathy Kelly Short Stories
- The Perfect Holiday (Quick Reads series)
- Letter from Chicago (Open Door series)
- A Little Help From My Friends
- The Best Little Bookclub in Town
- Girls Just Want to Have Fun
- Girls’ Night In
- Irish Girls About Town
- Ladies’ Night In
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Cathy Kelly Interview
Welcome to HEA, Cathy! Please tell us a bit about your new release, Secrets of a Happy Marriage.
Cathy Kelly: My new book is called Secrets of a Happy Marriage which, ironically, features a couple of marriages in very stormy weather indeed. It’s about stepfamilies and what happens when divorced Bess marries charming widower Edward and hopes for utter bliss. Except his daughter, Jojo — whose mother died tragically from cancer four years before — still hasn’t recovered from her mom’s death and can’t believe her dad would marry again. Jodi’s new marriage begins to suffer because she is battling some demons of her own, and the only person she feels she can talk to is her cousin, Cari, who thinks marriage is an insane concept. Possibly because her fiancé left her standing at the altar. Cue a big family party, a stranger from the past, the reappearance of the long-departed fiancé who “wants to talk,” some family home truths and well … it’s your basic family party, right?
Is there an idea out there that you wish you’d thought of?
Cathy Kelly: Most of what Marian Keyes, Elin Hilderbrand and Beatriz Williams have written. I have serious writer envy. I adore reading and admire so many wonderful authors.
Is there anything funny that’s happened to you while doing research for a book?
Cathy Kelly: In a fit of utter madness (in my defence, I had small children and I was not in my right mind), I tried a pole-dancing class for a character. All writers have bad necks. Pole dancing is not good for this. It was hilariously funny — and painful!
What do you do when you get stuck?
Cathy Kelly: Fold laundry (when you work from home, you can always fold laundry) or sit with my beloved dogs, three Jack Russell girls who all think they are princesses, and talk to them. They don’t talk back, which is comforting, but they make loving noises and cuddle.
Is there a TV show that you’ve recently binge-watched?
Cathy Kelly: Where do I start … LOVE Robin Wright in House of Cards. Go through Elementary (it’s Lucy Liu. That girl is fabulous) phases and am just now watching Glow, the ’80s wrestling show. I adore Modern Family, too. I would write more books without TV.
Ha! Isn’t that the truth?! What’s your favorite snack and/or beverage while you’re writing?
Cathy Kelly: Coffee, and I try not to snack, but I do! I like cookies but attempt to do the low-carb thing with nuts. I am training myself to like Matcha tea in an attempt to be a calm, Zen person. I am Irish, so this is not working.
Do you listen to music while you write? What are some tunes on your playlist?
Cathy Kelly: I love Nina Simone and Ella Fitzgerald. Sinnerman and My Baby Just Cares for Me are always on my playlist. Plus, Aretha Franklin.
What would be your dream vacation?
Cathy Kelly: My ideal vacation is archaeological sites and beautiful locations — I dream of going back to New Mexico — but with a few people along to carry all my luggage! I overpack. I love Pinterest and pin things about “how to pack” and yet, when I travel, I end up taking everything!
What’s coming next, or what are you working on now?
Cathy Kelly: I’m writing my 20th novel. I KNOW! Stuns me, too. I started out in journalism 30 years ago with a burning desire to write a novel and suddenly, along the way, I’ve written 19 books, become a mom to twins (best job in the world), a wife (another best job — I don’t write about us!) and a UNICEF ambassador who travels to far-off places to raise awareness of the plight of kids with no voice. My new book is about a celebrity chef and when things start to go slightly wrong in her life. She has a problem that she can’t tell ANYBODY about, two children and one beloved stepchild who she has raised. But the stepchild’s real mom comes along 12 years after abandoning her child and wants her back. Like all my books, there are challenges and plenty of humour.
Cathy Kelly Interview
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2. Things Girls Wants But Wont Ask For
3. 20 Things Women Should Never, Do.
4. Top 20 Things Men Should Never, Do.
5. 60 Really Sweet Things To Say To A Girl.
6. 25 Romantic Ideas to Make Your Lover Melt!
7. Things Women in Relationships Must Not Do.
8. 10 Things that are Killing Your Kidneys.