About Catherine

Catherine Ryan Howard by City Headshots Dublin

Credit: City Headshots Dublin

Catherine was born in Cork, Ireland, in 1982.

Her debut thriller, Distress Signals, is out now in the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand (Corvus/Atlantic) and the USA (Blackstone). An Irish Times and USA Today bestseller, it was shortlisted for the Books Are My Bag Crime Novel of the Year at the Irish Book Awards 2016 and won Best Mystery at the Independent Press Awards 2017 (USA). It was picked as a ‘Rising Star’ Best Debut by Amazon UK and has been optioned for television by Jet Stone Media. In May 2017 it was longlisted for the CWA John Creasey ‘New Blood’ Dagger. Find out more about Distress Signals here.

Catherine started her writing career self-publishing non-fiction – two light-hearted travel memoirs, followed by the obligatory ‘how to’. She became known for dispensing particularly pragmatic self-publishing advice, speaking on the subject for the likes of Faber Academy, the Irish Writers’ Centre, Guardian Masterclasses and others. But her goal was always to write crime fiction and to get published.

Catherine is currently working on her second thriller and preparing for her final year studying for a BA in English Literature at Trinity College Dublin.

Before all that, Catherine worked as an administrator for a travel company in the Netherlands, a campsite courier in France (very briefly) and a front desk agent in a Walt Disney World hotel in Orlando, Florida. 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.

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)