Roar, Cecelia Ahern's collection of stories dealing with aspects of women's lives, often from quirky angles, is being launched in the USA this spring.

"The thread that links my work is in capturing that transitional period in people’s lives, " the author said on her website.

"I’m drawn to writing about loss, to characters that have fallen and who feel powerless in their lives.

"I am fascinated and inspired by the human spirit, by the fact that no matter how hopeless we feel and how dark life can be, we do have the courage, strength and bravery to push through our challenging moments.

"We are the greatest warriors in our own stories,# she continued. "I like to catch my characters as they fall, and bring them from low to high. My characters push through and as a result evolve, become stronger and better equipped for the next challenge that life brings.

"I like to mix dark with light, sadness with humour, always keeping a balance, and always bringing the story to a place of hope."

Meanwhile, HarperCollins have announced the publication of Postscript, the sequel to Cecelia Ahern's international bestseller PS, I Love You. Postcript is due for publication on September 19.

Ahern's titles have sold more than 25 million copies worldwide in nearly 50 countries.

Roar is reviewed here