Sunday, July 21, 2019

Moon landing through a crackly black and white telly!

At a little before 4 a.m. in the morning, our time, fifty years ago, I was woken by my father to witness the moon landing with my siblings. It was one of those bursting with excitement moments that is embedded in my childhood. It certainly lifted our family from the gloom of life in a dark and damp Dublin tenement.

I remember too, later that day, sitting on the stone step outside our flat, and being shocked that my best friend, Betty, didn’t know anything about the moon landing. No one had told her about this small step for man and this giant step for mankind. Somehow, in my young brain, the fact that Betty didn’t know anything about this momentous event, has always stayed with me. Call it an early lesson in social awareness, realising how some people, because of circumstance, can miss out on certain things that others take for granted.

Recently, my older brother, was appointed by the government as the astronomer representing Ireland on the ESO Council, Europe’s intergovernmental astronomy organisation. I know my brother’s fascination with astronomy began within those early Apollo years, so I am very glad, for so many reasons, that as small children, bleary-eyed, we watched this on our crackly black and white television, half a decade ago.

Friday, July 19, 2019

The Voice of THE HIDING GAME will be the fantastic Jennifer Woodward!


I’ve just heard the fantastic Jennifer Woodward, actress and narrator, will be the voice of THE HIDING GAME Audio book, and I am absolutely thrilled!

Jennifer has worked on books by Karin Slaughter, Lisa Gardner, Jeffrey Deaver, Jodi Picoult and Laura Lippman to name but a few!

I am quite a big audio fan, and I can’t wait to hear Jennifer bring the story come to life!

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Restoring the glory of the short story!! CWA Anthology!

Flame Tree to publish Crime Writers’ Association anthology

Flame Tree Publishing have agreed a deal with the Crime Writers’ Association to publish the latest anthology of stories by CWA members, to be edited by Martin Edwards. Vintage Crimes will be a CWA anthology with a difference, celebrating members’ work over the years. The book will gather stories which members have contributed to CWA anthologies from the mid-1950s until the twenty-first century. Publication is scheduled for summer 2020.
Martin Edwards

“There are many gems of crime writing in the CWA archives,” Martin Edwards commented. “This book will contain stories by great names of the past, great names of the present together with a few hidden treasures by less familiar writers.”

Nick Wells, Publisher at Flame Tree Publishing said "We're absolutely thrilled to work with the CWA and Martin Edwards, setting out a path to bring back the best writing by the best writers in crime from the past 70 years at the CWA. We aim to restore the glory of the short story and inspire the next generation of mystery writers, readers, reviewers and bloggers."
The first CWA anthology, Butcher’s Dozen, appeared in 1956, and was co-edited by Julian Symons, Michael Gilbert, and Josephine Bell. The anthology has been edited by Martin Edwards since 1996, and has yielded many award-winning and nominated stories in the UK and overseas.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Big Happy Smile Today!!

Big Happy Smile on my face today to let you know that the utterly amazing, all round great guy, and friend, COLM HAYES will be launching THE HIDING GAME at THE GUTTER BOOKSHOP on the 10th September 2019 at 6.30 p.m.
Many of you will know Colm very well, but below is a small flavour of the man, with some fab questions via Radio Nova and a small intro…..
Q. Someone or something that strikes you as beautiful?
A. I’m an early bird, so the miracle of sunrise always gets me.It’s like we get re-invented every day.
Q. You’re on Death Row, what’s your last meal?
A. Chicken wing with blue cheese dressing from Elephant and Castle and chips.
Q. Which words do you overuse?
A. “Stay where you are”. I use it a lot on-air.
Q. The worst job you’ve ever done?
A. While in college I worked as a part-time grave digger.
Q. What keeps you awake at night?
A. The whispering voices of doubt and the stifled screams of lost opportunity. Well, you did ask!
Q. Your idea of hell on earth?
A. Trumpland, The Theme Park.
Q. What do some people think about you that isn’t true?
A. That I don’t care, but I do, I really do and that I’m French – which I’m not.
Colm Hayes, co-presents the Colm & Lucy show with Lucy Kennedy on Radio Nova weekdays 6am to 10am. He had a 10-year partnership with James ‘Jim-Jim’ Nugent on the FM104’s Strawberry Alarm Clock and on the 2fm breakfast show. He officially joined Radio Nova in 2017 as programme director.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Available Now on Netgalley

In case you missed it, I’m THRILLED TO SHARE that THE HIDING GAME, introducing Attorney Heather Baxter, is NOW available to request via NetGalley. GO GET IT!!

Abby Jones, a young nanny from a small town outside Boston, is the last person with infant Jacob Rotterdam when he becomes seriously ill. Within hours, he dies, and Abby is charged with his murder.

Heather Baxter, her defense attorney, knows the case is not as clear cut as the Assistant District Attorney claims, and with enormous media attention on the trial, the stakes couldn't be higher.

When Heather digs deeper, the shadows of her own past, and her mother's unsolved murder 25 years earlier, in the same small town, begin to unravel with deadly consequences, placing both Heather, and her young client in danger.

Will Heather find the link between Abby and what happened to her mother all those years before? And will Abby walk free?

Liz Nugent
“Phillips is back with a most intriguing and compelling story of grief, loss, memory and the quest for the truth. With rich characterisation and a lively setting, this story will enthral you to the end.”

Patricia Gibney
“The Hiding Game is filled with characters who will grab you by the throat from beginning to end. Absolutely gripping storyline, expertly crafted, an addictive page turner. I loved it.”

Karen Perry
“The Hiding Game has everything you would expect from a Phillips novel – a pacy crime procedural full of twists and turns, with poignant insights into the emotional bond between mother and child. A cracking good read.” 

Catherine Ryan Howard
“A riveting, ripped-from-the-headlines legal thriller set in a small town in the USA with dark secrets and murky lies…which Phillips has pulled it off not only with authenticity, but aplomb.

Arlene Hunt
“Phillips is at the top of her game. The Hiding Game is riveting, thought provoking and compulsive. A five-star read.”

Andrea Carter
“A gripping courtroom drama with a courageous new heroine in Heather Baxter. Pacy, tightly plotted and full of suspense. The Hiding Game was worth the wait!”

Cormac O Keeffe
“Phillips sends us down into a rabbit hole of buried trauma, disjointed memories, fractured relationships and ruptured lives in the search for justice and redemption. An undoubted master of the psychological thriller.”

Sinead Crowley
“Phillips makes a very successful trip Stateside with ‘The Hiding Game’. The oppressive nature of life in a small town adds tension as Phillips draws together the strands of this tightly plotted family thriller.”

Academic Case Study - Louise Phillips: Serial Domestic Noir

They say write what you know, but when it comes to crime writing, how much can you know???

That being said, I'm absolutely delighted with many aspects of an academic study on my writing (on the Kate Pearson Series of novels) which is soon to be published....

More details to follow, but here are a couple of choice excerpts..

"Examination of Phillips' series demonstrates how her work offers insights into contemporary Irish society, with particular reference to women's lives and feminist issues, and helps to define the parameters of domestic noir...."

"Crime fiction such as the psychologically-oriented investigations of Louise Phillips' Dr. Kate Pearson series can show how the roots of contemporary crime lie in past abuse that was either papered over or accepted as normal at the time."
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