The short version:
Catherine was born in Cork, Ireland, in 1982.
Prior to writing full-time, Catherine worked as a campsite courier in France and a front desk agent in a hotel in Walt Disney World, Florida. She is currently studying for a BA in English at Trinity College Dublin.
Her debut thriller, Distress Signals, is out now in the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. It will be published in the U.S. on February 2, 2017. The Irish Times called Distress Signals “a highly confident and accomplished debut novel, impeccably sustained, with not a false note”. It has been optioned for television by Jet Stone Media and been shortlisted for Crime Novel of the Year at the 2016 Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards. Find out more about Distress Signals here.
The not-so-short version:
In 2010, she self-published a light-hearted memoir, Mousetrapped, about the year and a bit she spent working in Walt Disney World, Florida, and in 2012 followed it up with Backpacked, an account of the detour to Central America she (reluctantly) took on the way back home.
Known for dispensing particularly pragmatic self-publishing advice, Catherine began to speak on the subject for the likes of Faber Academy, the Irish Writers’ Centre, Guardian Masterclasses and others, and in 2014 published the third edition of her ‘how to’ guide, Self-Printed.
Before all that, Catherine worked as an administrator for a travel company in the Netherlands, a campsite courier in France (very briefly) and stapled things together in a variety of offices. Most recently she was a freelance social media marketer working for Penguin Random House Ireland. For her entire adolescence she was obsessed with the idea of becoming a BSL4 virologist and she still wants to be a NASA astronaut when she grows up.
She is currently studying for a BA in English at Trinity College Dublin and working on her second thriller which will be published in the summer of 2017.
You can find out more about Distress Signals here. Follow Catherine on Twitter @cathryanhoward, find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/catherineryanhoward and on Instagram at instagram.com/cathryanhoward.
(Author headshot credit Steve Langan at CityHeadshots.ie)