The Ladykillers: Sam Blake talks murder with Catherine Ryan Howard For our first Irish Ink event of 2018, Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin will be chatting to award winning crime author Catherine Ryan Howard about all things criminal - Vanessa writes crime as bestselling author Sam Blake so expect the knives to be drawn! Find out exactly how crime writers research and how much is 'write what you know'...and what are the secrets of bestseller success? Sam Blake's second book IN DEEP WATER publishes in the UK on Feb 8th, and Catherine's THE LIAR'S GIRL is out March 1st, so join them to celebrate!

CATHERINE RYAN HOWARD is a crime writer from Cork. Her debut novel, Distress Signals, was an Irish Times and USA Today bestseller, and was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger 2017 and the Books Are My Bag IBA Crime Novel of the Year 2016. Pre-publication, it was optioned for TV by Jet Stone Media. Author Liz Nugent has called her 'an astonishing new voice in thriller writing'. Catherine began her writing career self-publishing non-fiction and has delivered workshops on the subject for Faber Academy, Publishing Ireland and the Irish Writers Centre, among others. Prior to writing full-time she was a social media marketer for a major publisher. She is currently studying for a BA in English at Trinity College Dublin. Her second novel, The Liar’s Girl, will be released in March 2018. Find out more on

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