About Catherine

CATHERINE RYAN HOWARD is a 32-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 is going?) she self-published that too. That one was called Self-Printed: The Sane Person’s Guide to Self-Publishing.


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. Right now she’s putting the finishing touches to a thriller about a serial killer (and apparently she’s a poet and… Oh, you know the rest!) and is represented by Jane Gregory of Gregory & Company.


The aforementioned Little Catherine, circa 1990. Also: how cool was Barbie’s Magic Van? Answer: EXTREMELY.

Catherine currently studies English at Trinity College Dublin as a (somewhat) mature student, and works with Penguin Ireland as a freelance social media marketer.

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. It’s coffee that flows through her veins and she 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.

Click here to return to the main page.

*Craic: Irish word, refers to good times, as well as scandal/gossip/goings on. No real English equivalent.

73 Responses to “About Catherine”

  1. Michelle Moloney King January 31, 2012 at 10:31 #

    It is so pretty here, great job with the reorganisation!

  2. jeanieshaw March 16, 2012 at 18:09 #

    Catherine, Your blogs on self publishing and setting up a blog with wordpress were invaluable to me. Thank you. You write with clarity and wit – fun to read. I’d had two books traditionally published, and recently decided with the third to go the self publishing route. Loved it and it’s selling very well – as it accompanies a workshop! … Your help and on-line encouragement through the process made it do-able. At one point I thought I remembered you stating that you do e-conversions. Was I imagining this or is this something you do as a side business? If so, please let me know. Thanks again. Keep up the great writing. Jeanie

  3. fiona kirk April 17, 2012 at 17:16 #

    whilst red is more my colour of choice, i’m loving your pink site! i have self-printed (did I get that right?!?) a couple of health and diet books and am about to venture into the eBook thing – it’s a minefield! thanks so much for all your straightforward and down-to-earth advice AND thanks for the link to Lets Get Digital by David Gaughran, another sane voice in the self-printing world. you have a really engaging style of writing – i’m sure like me you never get to bed before 2am but keep it up!

  4. Marti Parham May 8, 2012 at 13:00 #

    Nice looking blog. Best of luck to you!

  5. GJ Scobie May 8, 2012 at 13:05 #

    Just found your blog and the articles here at a quick glance appear to be just the inspiration I’ve been looking for. Will definitely be taking a closer read over the coming days.

  6. GJ Scobie May 8, 2012 at 15:59 #

    Just logged out and I see your blog is on the Freshly Pressed page :-) Congratulations :-)

  7. irishherault May 8, 2012 at 17:09 #

    Hi Catherine,
    Great stuff – answered quite a few questions we were thinkging too about self-printing. Congrats on the “Freshly Pressed” coup, well deserved.

  8. Offer May 8, 2012 at 17:23 #

    Congratulations on hitting the “Freshly Pressed” page! It made me curious, I read, I loved, I am following. Thanks for your fine, clear voice amidst the muddle out there. Continued success in all you do! Cheers!

  9. The Sandwich Lady May 8, 2012 at 20:48 #

    Love your blog! I too am a Catherine with 1. A passion for great coffee (Guatemala Antigua) and 2. Humidity-challenged hair. I am also a writer (newspaper features not books.) thanks for the inspiration.

    • catherineryanhoward May 10, 2012 at 16:09 #

      I love Guatemala-Antigua coffee too! (Except when I was there, the coffee wasn’t great. Apparently it’s because they export all the good stuff to us!) Big into Kenyan at the moment though. :-)

  10. Raymond May 8, 2012 at 21:23 #

    Hi Catherine (chalk up another follower to being “freshly pressed”…and having a cute pic…U not me… LOL). You have offered excellent advice here and in your guest blogs. I recently self published and even after doing “all the research” I still did a few things that I would do differently…and will on book two. I would add only one more bit of advice to “would-be” published authors. Write because you have a passion to write. Publish because you want to share your story with the world. Don’t write a book – tell a story. If somewhere in between that and the marketing you can make a living, well that’s good too :)

  11. idiosyncratic eye May 9, 2012 at 00:08 #

    My ears pricked up when I read the ‘ah, go on’ in your comment line and now I know that was on the right lines! Hehe. ;)

  12. SandySays1 May 9, 2012 at 00:35 #

    You practice what you preach —- cudos!

  13. Vinny Grette May 9, 2012 at 20:44 #

    Why can’t I follow you? I enter my email and click “My inbox is lonely”. I get a message saying i must enter a valid email. I DID. But then I tried my other email – same result. I tried another one of your pages. Same non – thing.

  14. twintrons May 9, 2012 at 21:33 #

    Superb job! I’ve combed WordPress for a couple months, and yet to find a engaging blog such as yours. Bravo! Not only do you write about substance, your personality really shines through. If you don’t mind, I’m taking notes. Te-he!

    I’ll definitely be back for more. ~Josh

  15. Nicolle May 10, 2012 at 16:05 #

    I’m very happy and thankful that you were freshly pressed (congrats again!) I downloaded Backpacked on Monday and finished last nice. Very well written, engaging, and as you can see I couldn’t put it down. I look forward to checking out your other works and seeing more posts from you.

    Have a wonderful day!

    • catherineryanhoward May 10, 2012 at 16:22 #

      Thank you so much!! Glad you enjoyed it. It’s my favourite book of mine, actually. :-D

  16. Heather May 18, 2012 at 12:22 #

    Congratulations! I’ve nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award!


  17. Imelda Evans May 20, 2012 at 03:29 #

    I’m sure you have alerady been nominated for this kind of thing, but I didn’t want to leave you out of the list, so if it’s a duplicate, forgive me! I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Post is here, if you are interested. http://imeldaevans.wordpress.com/2012/05/20/id-like-to-thank-the-academy/

  18. Vividhunter May 26, 2012 at 05:28 #

    I’m new to your blog, but enjoy reading it a lot. I’ve nominated Catherine,Caffeinated for the One Lovely Blog award at http://procrastinationdiaries.wordpress.com/2012/05/26/first-blog-award-ever/ Have a great weekend~

  19. 30 Ways of Walking May 28, 2012 at 20:05 #

    I thoroughly enjoy reading your blog. That’s why I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogging Award. http://www.30waysofwalking.wordpress.com Thanks for all of the great content.

  20. disseminatedthought June 4, 2012 at 22:29 #

    A reference to caffeine in the blog title and a photo of a cool old typewriter in the banner: I’m sold.

    I can’t wait to explore Catherine, Caffeinated in all its glory.

  21. byamandaleigh June 11, 2012 at 15:25 #

    You’re it! You’ve been tagged with the Lucky 7 meme… Check it out…


  22. missmollieb June 13, 2012 at 18:52 #

    I’m looking forward to reading your past blog posts! My coworkers recommended that I keep a blog do develop my writing skills and I’m having so much fun getting inspiration. I saw books, pink, and coffee and hit the “follow” button.

  23. Zany3Lainie June 29, 2012 at 03:26 #

    Haha, your sub-header is funny. I’m sure “writer, astronaut, skinny” are not uncommon aspirations for a young-ish word nerd.

  24. A Novel Place July 5, 2012 at 03:54 #

    Hey! I just wanted to tell you that I absolutely love your blog and have nominated you for the Sunshine Award. You can see it here: http://booksteame.com/2012/07/04/and-three-awards-later/ =)

  25. Lori August 12, 2012 at 23:05 #

    I have nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award! I’m sure you have been nominated in the past, but there is no reason to not be nominated again!

    Check out my blog for rules: http://dearmsmigraine.com/2012/08/12/beautiful-blogger-award/

  26. jumpingfromcliffs September 13, 2012 at 12:24 #

    Hi Catherine. I just nominated your inspiring blog for the Beautiful Blogger Award (yes, a strange title, I know). Details here: http://jumpingfromcliffs.wordpress.com/2012/09/12/an-award-why-thank-you/
    Cheers, JFC.

  27. krystalarnelle September 15, 2012 at 02:28 #

    I like this. I like it a lot! Cheers!

  28. melanieandchristy September 20, 2012 at 22:47 #

    Such a witty blog; it’s also refreshing to hear self-publishing success stories.
    On a side note: visited Cork a few years ago (I live in Miami, FL)…such a beautiful place!!

  29. Lisa Fantino September 27, 2012 at 00:16 #

    Truly delighted I discovered you and your site. We have more than writing in common….Disney fanatic here and official applicant to NASA’s Journalist in Space program back in the day! LoL

  30. lizpurvis September 30, 2012 at 05:53 #

    Enjoying your blog, humor, and the fact you’re in wonderful Dublin!

  31. The Siren's Tale October 15, 2012 at 19:16 #

    Hello there! I just wanted to pop over and tell you I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog award. I love your blog and writing style! Check it out:


  32. Joe Hickman October 25, 2012 at 05:19 #

    Catherine, just finished Mousetrapped and downloaded Backpacked and More Mousetrapped. I grew up in Florida, journeying to WDW many, many times. Hate to show my age, but I was a snot nosed kid there its second day open. Your book made me laugh, which is embarrassing on a crowded train.I am looking forward to embarrassing myself reading your other books. If you’re ever in Colorado and you want someone old enough to be your, uhhh, youngish uncle to buy you coffee, drop me a line.

  33. mominalatif October 30, 2012 at 13:03 #

    OMG! You are my role model! You ‘wow’ me!

  34. thepaperfox November 4, 2012 at 04:01 #

    I am loving your blog! It’s great to hear about some great, down to earth, successful self-published authors.

  35. Linda Dionne November 22, 2012 at 00:32 #

    I totally loved reading your material! Are you really that crazy or do you just sound like it? If we could make a million$ with humour, you’d be the first one to do it! In the meantime, I love Ireland with a deep passion and have visited twice. More importantly, I love my new book, SILENT VICTIM, not because it isn’t funny, but because it is full of passion, and scares the living daylights out of my readers. What’s not to love? Police, kidnapping, kids, travel, romance, the inevitable bad guys get caught, and kids win! Hope you read it and also hope you come visit Canada because it is alot dryer here in Canada in the summer.
    Linda Dionne

  36. dezembra December 2, 2012 at 20:53 #

    I just LOVE the style of your blog – and all the good things in it. I’ll certainly come back here. :)

  37. minalobo December 28, 2012 at 00:17 #

    Hi, Catherine. Read the bit on your contact page about e-mail stressing you out (it does me, too), so I’m just dropping you a note to say: I saw a link to one of your blog posts on The Twitter, clicked on it, and have spend the last 2-3 hours (for realz) reading your posts. You so graciously provided so much (free!) advice on self-publishing, things I was surprised to learn as well as things I’d already believed to be true, that I felt compelled to buy Self-Printed to learn more, more, more! Thanks so much for all the super-valuable info, lah-lah-love the humorous way you dispense it, and look forward to reading on. :-)

  38. Robert Sieger December 28, 2012 at 15:41 #

    Catherine – downloaded your Self Publishing book last week and couldn’t stop reading! Working on my own novel and your book is helping me to complete it! Your writing is fresh and informative! Something to aspire to! Now, I need to get the blogging down right! I have a site that I post movie reviews to that I started after the paper I was writing for dropped the column due to space restrictions! I have some followers, but not enough – so I am going back to your Blogging chapters to do some studying! Nice work! :-)

  39. Ace F January 1, 2013 at 19:18 #

    I have a simple 1 page website for my book . Perhaps I need a blog page dedicaded to it also, as your’s does. Your site has sound advice. I have found it hard if not impossible to get a quality book review though. goodreads, major newspapers etc.

    With the nature of my book I had to write under a pen name ,so that is a problem with social media aspects.

  40. selfpublish101 January 23, 2013 at 15:44 #

    Hi Catherine, I nominated you for “The Very Inspiring Blogger Award”. Here: http://wp.me/p2YjS7-3Z Cheers!

  41. lynnricci February 3, 2013 at 16:10 #

    I just entered the blogging world last week – its a scary and exciting place to be! I am SO glad I stumbled across your blog this morning. Its been the most helpful one I’ve found for a newbie like me and I plan to implement a lot of what I’ve learned from reading your posts. Looking forward to coming back for a longer visit!

  42. Michelle February 26, 2013 at 02:40 #

    I look forward to your Sunday post each week! Thank you for the information your entire blog supplies!

  43. Laura B April 7, 2013 at 16:38 #

    Love your blog! Thanks for sharing! I’m attempting to write a memoir myself so I will definitely find some inspiration here! Thanks!

  44. Mel Stratten April 10, 2013 at 13:48 #

    Wow Catherine, have just discovered your site via twitter – brilliant. I love your style and humour – will definitely be back to visit – well done.

    Oh, and I rather like pink but purple rules OK!


  45. writemybrainsout April 17, 2013 at 15:57 #

    I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger award. You’re way beyond that, I know, but you truly DO inspire me. Save the Cat saved my novel =*)

  46. melissajanda May 3, 2013 at 04:53 #

    Hi Catherine! I nominated you for an award. Please don’t feel obligated to accept. I just wanted to show my appreciation for all you do for aspiring writers and spread the word about your blog to my followers.


  47. jjspina May 8, 2013 at 02:55 #

    Hi Catherine,
    I like your blog and nominated you for a Shine On Award on my blog at jemsbooks.wordpress.com. Congrats! Check it out.

  48. Teacher2mum May 8, 2013 at 04:49 #

    Just a note to let you know I’ve nominated you for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award – no pressure to reciprocate of course. But if you would like to accept it, please find it at; http://teacher2mum.com/2013/05/08/belated-but-loyal-in-love/
    Keep up the great posts!

  49. jjspina May 11, 2013 at 22:19 #

    Hi Catherine,
    I just nominated you for an award, The Very Inspiring Blog Award. Check it out at my blog, jemsbooks.wordpress.com. Congrats!

  50. Belinda Mellor May 12, 2013 at 21:21 #

    Found your site via Scribophile. Inspiring and fun (& Irish).

  51. sabcooke May 15, 2013 at 02:26 #

    Great to find another Irish blogger! And a successful Irish self-published author? This gives me hope…

  52. mrschmoe May 27, 2013 at 02:49 #

    Hola or wache ay, before | forget I decided to Nominate you for Liebster Blog Award, later taters


  53. myieshaspeight July 9, 2013 at 16:26 #

    Hi there, I love everything about your blog and I wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for the Super Sweet Blogging Award. You can find the post here: http://standingamongstars.wordpress.com/2013/07/09/super-sweet-blogging-award/

  54. Cat Lumb August 20, 2013 at 12:52 #

    I have nominated you for another award to add to the growing list! Feel free to share the appreciation of well-written blogs and interesting topics through acceptance by going here:


    No pressure. This is just my way of thanking you for sharing your thoughts.
    Take Care, Cat x

  55. sweetbakedlife August 26, 2013 at 00:46 #

    Congratulations Catherine! I have nominated your wonderful blog for the Versatile Blogger Award. If interested, please pick up your award here: http://sweetbakedlife.com/2013/08/25/the-versatile-blogger-award/

  56. karmicangel September 16, 2013 at 14:10 #

    I just nominated you for a Liebster Award! Congrats!


  57. rabemacseoin December 12, 2013 at 16:58 #

    Hi Catherine,I find your blog very interesting and useful for less experienced/un-published writers and am very grateful for the information you give. As an act of gratitude, there is an award nomination for you on my blog, which I hope you’ll accept!

  58. michellejoycebond February 2, 2014 at 05:36 #

    Ha–I couldn’t wait to get a typewriter and played with it until my parents finally gave in and got a computer. Either way, childhood writing was magical. Good times. :) I like your style and look forward to reading more!

  59. missdreamymarie March 10, 2014 at 23:13 #

    Hey Catherine!
    I want to thank you for all your resourceful posts that are full of your candid, down to earth voice. I relate and laugh along with your posts, quite often.
    I wanted to let you know that I nominated you for “The Lighthouse Award!”


    I appreciate your blogs and wanted to say, thanks! :)
    Happy blogging. Glad you’re writing consistently now but are also back to blogging!

  60. bittygirl51 September 3, 2014 at 02:59 #

    I appreciate you and your blog, and have nominated you for the Lovely Blog Award. It’s an easy one and I hope you’ll take time to complete it. I’d really be interested in learning 7 new facts about you and I think the rest of the blogosphere would too! Check out my most recent post for the rules and the award for you to copy and put on your site.

  61. christinavarga November 17, 2014 at 22:25 #

    Loving your blog! Equal parts entertaining, engaging, and informative! Looking forward to reading more! :-)

  62. dare2begin November 19, 2014 at 17:30 #

    Hello Catherine! Just wanted to shout out to a fellow writer, astronaut! Great site and awesome tips. Cheers, E

  63. V.Rajagopal December 16, 2014 at 16:33 #

    I love your blog, and I have nominated you for A Lovely Blog Award. If you would like to participate in this, please see my post:


  64. V.Rajagopal December 16, 2014 at 17:18 #

    Hey again.. Another award for you.. The Liebster, this time.. Follow this link, if you’d like to participate:


  65. janeybgood January 4, 2015 at 17:49 #

    A blogger who’s also Irish…also from Cork…also studied English (or studying, I gather)….this is AMAZING. Be cool, Jane.

    Great blog Catherine!


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