Catherine Ryan Howard is a writer and blogger from Cork. She self-published her first book, Mousetrapped: A Year and A Bit in Orlando, Florida, and through blogging, tweeting and a Facebook page, she managed to build an audience for her writing. So much so that when Mousetrapped was released in March 2010, it quickly became an Amazon bestseller and has since sold more than 10,000 copies.
Having struggled to find pragmatic self-publishing advice both online and in print, Catherine then worked to turn her own blog into a one-stop shop for the realistic self-publisher and later, that blog into a book, Self-Printed: The Sane Person's Guide to Self-Publishing. Most recently she self-published her first fiction title, a novel called Results Not Typical, and followed up Mousetrapped with the story of what happened next, Backpacked: A Reluctant Trip Across Central America.