CATHERINE RYAN HOWARD is a 32-year-old writer from Cork, Ireland. A successful self-publisher of two light-hearted travel memoirs, she has delivered seminars and led workshops on the subject for the likes of Faber Academy, Guardian Master Classes and Publishing Ireland, and appeared at events such as ChipLit Fest, Dublin Book Festival and Mountains to Sea. Since 2012 Catherine has been working with Penguin Ireland as a freelance social media marketer, assisting with their commercial fiction campaigns. Her popular blog, ‘Catherine, Caffeinated’ has nearly 18,000 subscribers and was described by Mslexia magazine as ‘a joy to read’. Previously Catherine worked in France, the Netherlands and in Walt Disney World, Florida. She is currently studying for an English degree at Trinity College Dublin and wants to be a NASA astronaut when she grows up. DISTRESS SIGNALS is her first novel and she is currently working on her second, SECOND THOUGHTS.