marian keyes

Literary Birthday – 10 September – Marian Keyes

Happy Birthday, Marian Keyes, born 10 September 1963.


  1. I think that’s probably why I write books, to cheer myself up. It keeps me from slipping into the pit. Personally, I can’t not have a happy ending. I can’t do it. I’d be opening my veins.
  2. Do I mind being called a chick-lit writer? Well, it’s not the worst thing that could happen.
  3. For feel-good fiction to work, there has to be an element of darkness.
  4. My truth is that what doesn’t kill you makes you weaker rather than stronger, although it makes you wiser.
  5. Love and kindness go hand in hand.
  6. High expectations are simply resentments under construction.
  7. Medically speaking, there is no such thing as a nervous breakdown. Which is very annoying to discover when you’re right in the middle of one.
  8. Writing about feeling disconnected has enabled me to connect, and that has been the most lovely thing of all.
  9. I’ll be an alcoholic until the day I die. I will never be cured. It has to be managed on a daily basis. When I drank, I drank to kill pain. If I’m upset I still want something to numb me out. I’ve got to watch that. I still get awful depression. It’s who I am.
  10. Some think love can be measured by the amount of butterflies in their tummy. Others think love can be measured in bunches of flowers, or by using the words ‘for ever’. But love can only truly be measured by actions. It can be a small thing, such as peeling an orange for a person you love because you know they don’t like doing it.

Marian Keyes is an Irish novelist. More than 22 million copies of her novels have been sold worldwide and her books have been translated into 32 languages. Her novels include The BreakWatermelonLucy Sullivan Is Getting Married, and Rachel’s Holiday.

Must-read: The Writers Write Interview with Marian Keyes and Marian Keyes’ 3 Tips For New Writers

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by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 10th September 2013