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Just Keep Writing! Corvus Acquires Catherine Ryan Howard’s Debut

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Article by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin © 27 May 2015.
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catherine_ryan_howard_new_webCorvus picks up Distress Signals

Corvus’ Editorial Director, Sara O’Keeffe, has bought UK & Commonwealth rights (ex Canada) in Distress Signals, by Catherine Ryan Howard from Jane Gregory at Gregory & Company.

Distress Signals is a cleverly plotted debut thriller – The Girl on a Train meets Murder on the Orient Express. When Adam’s girlfriend fails to return from a business trip he sets out to find her. Adam is puzzled when he connects Sarah to a cruise ship and to Estelle, who disappeared from the same ship in eerily similar circumstances almost a year before. To get the answers he must confront some difficult truths about his relationship with Sarah and he must try to outwit a murderer who seems to have found the perfect hunting ground. Corvus will publish Distress Signals in June 2016.

Catherine Ryan Howard is well know to Writing.ie as a core contributor, as well as a speaker at many of the events we organise.  She is Ireland’s most successful self-publisher (Mousetrapped, Backpacked, Self Printed) and her website has been voted one of the top self publishing sites in the world. Catherine has delivered seminars and led workshops on the subject for the likes of Faber Academy in London, the Irish Writers’ Centre and Publishing Ireland, among others, and spoken at numerous literary and writing festivals. Since 2012 she has been working with Penguin Ireland as a freelance social media marketer, assisting with their commercial fiction campaigns. She is currently in her first year at Trinity College Dublin, where she’s studying for a BA in English Literature as a mature student. She blogs at catherineryanhoward.com / Twitter: @cathryanhoward.

Catherine says: ‘This really is a lifelong dream come true for me and I have proof: on my desk, I keep a photo of an eight-year-old me on Christmas morning, tapping away on the typewriter Santa brought while a Barbie van sits to the side. I’m so thrilled that Distress Signals has found the perfect home in Corvus. I have my agent Jane Gregory and her team to thank, and the English department at Trinity College Dublin to apologise to – because in all the excitement, there was very little studying done for my exams…

Sara O’Keeffe comments: ‘I’m thrilled to be publishing Catherine Ryan Howard’s debut thriller. From the very first page I knew it was something special. This is a brilliantly clever novel – replete with strong plotting, great characterisation and a nail-biting denouement; a truly satisfying thriller from an exceptional new talent.’

At Writing.ie we are completely thrilled with Catherine’s news – and are DYING to read the book!


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Writing.ie has been developed and is run by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin who founded The Inkwell Group publishing consultancy and is Ireland's leading literary scout. Vanessa is represented by literary agent Simon Trewin and writes crime as Sam Blake. LITTLE BONES will be published by Bonnier's Twenty7 imprint in May 2016. Vanessa is the Chair of Irish PEN and the Irish and Eurozone Adviser to the international organisation The Alliance of Independent Authors.