CATHERINE RYAN HOWARD is a 31-year old writer, blogger and coffee enthusiast from Cork, Ireland.
The various hair styles of Catherine Ryan Howard
In 2006, Catherine moved to Orlando, Florida and went to work at a hotel in Walt Disney World. In 2008, she came back to Ireland and started writing a book about the time she moved to Orlando, Florida and went to work in a hotel in Walt Disney World. This became Mousetrapped: A Year and A Bit in Orlando, Florida, which she self-published in March 2010. Then she wrote a book about what she did after she worked in a hotel in Walt Disney World — she spent three months backpacking through Central America — and she self-published that too, calling it Backpacked: A Reluctant Trip Across Central America. Then she wrote a book about what she did after she spent three months backpacking through Central America — she started self-publishing books — and then (can you see where this going?) she self-published that too.
To find out more about any of these titles, visit Catherine’s Books page.
But Little Catherine didn’t daydream her days away by picturing her book on a Kindle, and it wasn’t only because Kindles weren’t invented then. Self-publishing has been great fun and a wonderful opportunity, but her ultimate goal has always been to get published. She’s working on it now by (a) writing a novel and (b) glaring angrily at her vision board every morning. (Because that’s what you’re supposed to do with those things, right? Glare angrily at them?)
The aforementioned Little Catherine, circa 1990. Also: how cool was Barbie’s Magic Van? Answer: EXTREMELY.
Before all that, Catherine worked as an administrator-type person in the Netherlands and a campsite courier in France (very briefly); stapled things together in a variety of nondescript offices; dropped out of college after only three weeks (one week of which was Freshers’ Week); and for her entire adolescence was obsessed with the idea of becoming a virologist. She currently divides her time between the desk and the sofa, drinks a LOT of coffee and wants to be a NASA astronaut when she grows up.
If you’re all, What the chewy fudge is this? I’m only here for the self-publishing stuff! then go here for all of Catherine’s “self-printing” category blog posts.
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