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