CORK author Catherine Ryan Howard said the news ‘hasn’t even sunk in yet’ after signing a ‘major six-figure deal’ with US publisher Blackstone.
Ms Ryan Howard was already committed to the publisher for four titles, two of which have been published already.
The new deal commits her to Blackstone for an additional six books.
She confirmed news of the deal on social media, saying: “That means eight more novels are coming including #RewindBook, and I’ve seven of those yet to write.
“So, like, if anybody’s got any spare plot ideas they’re not using...?”
Ms Ryan Howard has enjoyed considerable success with her first two novels.
Her debut novel Distress Signal, published in 2016, was shortlisted for the Irish Crime Novel of the Year at the Irish Book Awards.
Her second book, The Liar’s Girl, was shortlisted in the Best Novel category at this year’s Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Awards. The winner is to be announced in April.
“I dreamed of being a writer since I was a child, ever since I figured out that someone actually sat down and wrote the books I loved, and that that could be your job,” Ms Ryan Howard said.
She appeared at the West Cork Literary Festival in 2018 and returns this year to run a Crime Writing Workshop in July.
It is the second major financial boost for a female Cork writer in recent days.
Last week it was announced that UCC writer-in-residence Danielle McLaughlin had won one of the most lucrative literary awards in the world, the Windham-Campbell Prize, worth $165,000 (€146,000).