Catherine was born in Cork, Ireland, in 1982.

Catherine Ryan Howard by City Headshots Dublin

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Her debut thriller, Distress Signals (2016) was an Irish Times and USA Today bestseller, was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey/New Blood Dagger and the Books Are My Bag Irish Crime Novel of the Year, and won Best Mystery at the Independent Press Awards (USA). Pre-publication, it was optioned for television by Jet Stone Media and it has since been translated into five other languages, including Swedish, Chinese and Japanese. Find out more about Distress Signals HERE.

Catherine’s second thriller, The Liar’s Girl, was published on both sides of the Atlantic in March 2018.  The Irish Independent said ‘solid plotting … propels The Liar’s Girl forward at a terrific pace. In this, only her second book, Catherine Ryan Howard has certainly pulled off, with remarkable confidence, the notoriously difficult task of surpassing a debut novel that was met with critical acclaim and garlanded with awards.’ An Irish Independent and Crime Time Best Book of 2018, The Liar’s Girl has been translated into five other languages, including Polish, Norwegian and German (January 2019). Find out more about The Liar’s Girl HERE.


Catherine began her writing career self-publishing non-fiction and delivered workshops on the subject for Faber Academy, the Irish Writers’ Centre and Guardian Masterclasses, among others. But her goal was always to write crime fiction and to get published. Previously, Catherine worked as an administrator for a travel company in the Netherlands and a front desk agent in a hotel in Walt Disney World, Florida. She was once obsessed with the idea of becoming a BSL4 virologist and she still hopes to be a NASA astronaut when she grows up. Catherine graduated with a BA in English Studies from Trinity College Dublin in May 2018 and, along with internationally bestselling authors Carmel Harrington and Hazel Gaynor, is a founding member of The Inspiration Project.

Catherine is currently working on her third novel, Rewind, due for publication in September 2019.

For more, find Catherine online on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook or visit the MEDIA page.

(Author headshot credit Steve Langan at CityHeadshots.ie)