About Christy Cashman

Christy Cashman is an author and mother with a diverse background in film, encompassing producing, acting, and screenplay writing—a journey that inspired her debut novel. Alongside her literary pursuits, she actively engages in various organizations, serving on the boards of the Associates of the Boston Public Library and the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, and supports numerous charitable endeavors, including Raising A Reader.

Her debut novel, “The Truth About Horses,” released in August 2023, has garnered heartfelt acclaim from readers, literary circles, and the equestrian community alike. Additionally, Christy has authored two children’s books: “The Not-So-Average Monkey of Kilkea Castle” and “Petri’s Next Things,” both inspired by the true story of a heroic monkey who resided in that historic Irish castle.

In 2021, Christy established YouthINK, a nonprofit dedicated to nurturing and mentoring young creatives, bridging them with industry experts to foster mentorship, inspiration and artistic expression. Originating in Ireland, YouthINK made its U.S. debut in August of 2023 in Boston with the immersive workshop “Decisions We Make—Macbeth.” Furthermore, she launched YOUthink Creative Wellness Retreats in 2024, providing guests with a spiritual, creative, and physical sanctuary while supporting YouthINK’s teen mentorship programs.

As the second youngest of ten children, Christy’s upbringing in North Carolina sparked her lifelong passion for horses. When not immersed in writing or leading YouthINK workshops and YOUthink retreats, she can be found riding horses throughout New England and Ireland. Alongside her husband, Jay, and their two sons, Jay Michael and Quinn, along with their beloved trio of dogs and six horses, they divide their time between Boston, Ireland, and Cape Cod.

Currently, Christy’s working on her second novel, “Beulah,” and her third children’s book, “The Cat Named Peanut Shrimp Cookie Fry Muffin Who Lives on Staniel Cay.

“Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing at all.”

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Building Your Story

With storytelling at its core, Christy Cashman founded YouthINK which is an immersive creative arts mentorship program seeking to inspire, empower, and support teens, ages 13-18, through creative opportunities and experiences, designed to build confidence, promote self-expression and develop a unique voice.

Wellness retreats designed to awaken your creative spirit and provide an oasis for emotional and physical growth while supporting the YouthINK teen mentorship program. 

Growing Up With Horses

Christy with her horses in Ohio and North Carolina