Saturday, November 28, 2015

Irish Book Awards 2015!

Thanks to everyone who voted for THE GAME CHANGER in the Irish Book Awards. 

It was a terrific night last Wednesday, and the fabulous Jane Casey who has been nominated 5 times, is a very worthy winner of the category. 

And I got a photo with this fall gentleman! 

You can watch ‪#‎BGEIBA‬ highlights on RTÉ One Saturday night from 11.15p.m. 


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Make Readers Care About Characters....

Great overview of Dublin Book Festival in the Examiner,including my few words of wisdom on crime fiction writing....
'Speaking at the Irish Writers Centre, crime writer Louise Phillips urged her audience to “make readers care about characters by developing strong emotional bios thus creating intimate relationships,” adding “make villains human by giving an interesting backstory.' She also discussed using time factors to help build suspense, “short, sharp punchy sentences to create rhythm,” “bite-size chapters” and even “have characters do something to surprise readers.'


Spring Programme......

There are loads of terrific writing courses as part of the Irish Writers' Centre Spring Programme, but if Crime fiction is your thing....then visit here.... (Limited places)

Praise for Louise Phillips' Crime Fiction course:
'I really loved the course with Louise. She is a great teacher. We covered a huge amount in eight weeks.'
'Louise was an excellent facilitator, full of practical advice and tips. Her track record as a crime writer lent authority to her advice.'
'Can't praise Louise enough!' 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Irish Times - Cill Rialaig Residency 2015

A great piece by fellow crime writer Andrea Carter​ covering our residency in the remote artist retreat at Cill Rialaig on the Wild Atlantic Way. 

Thanks to the Irish Writers Centre​ for the residency, to the beautiful, stark and wilds of the Atlantic, but mostly thanks to fellow artists who became great friends during the residency, Lia Mills​, Catherine Dunne​ Anthony Glavin, Maria McManus, Sean Hardie, and last but not least, Andrea Carter.
The memories will stay with me too! 

You can read the piece HERE 

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Ordinary Decent Criminal Writers!

It seems you have to be quite tall to be an Irish Crime Writer these days smile emoticon..At 5 ft 6 inches, I'm the shortest....but I couldn't ask for a greater gang to be hanging out with.....‪#‎SundayIndependent‬

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Authors Christmas Reading - Irish Times Christmas Magazine...

"Louise Phillips has been hailed as 'equal to James Patterson, Sara Paretsky and Patricia Cornwell'. Her novel, The Game Changer, sees Dr Kate Pearson struggling with her own childhood traumas..."

Apart from the fact that the IT mixed up my pic with the fab Hazel Gaynor, this is a lovely piece from the authors who contributed to the short story relay..

.And as the pic is a bit blurred...my Christmas recommended reads are 4 of my favourites....

The Talented Mr Ripley, by Patricia Highsmith, Before I Go to Sleep, by S J Watson, In the Woods, by Tana French and Mystic River by Dennis Lehane....

"God rest ye merry gentlemen.." Short Story Relay - The Irish Times

It's getting to feel a lot like Christmas...and if I may say so - there's a terrific short story in today's Irish Times written by myself, Martina Devlin, E R Murray, Jax Miller,Hazel Gaynor and Claudia Carroll

It was great fun to be part of this short story relay, and I think all six of us kept a smooth narrative with lots of surprises. I'll leave the final judgment up to you! 

If you can't guess the order of the author, I'll give you a clue....the names are upside down at the end....

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Ireland AM - Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards....

In case you missed it and fancy watching.... here's the Ireland AM interview about The Game Changer and the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards

Click HERE to view...

And thanks everyone for your good wishes...


Thursday, November 12, 2015

Ireland AM - TV3

Yay, I'll be on Ireland AM​ a little after 9 a.m. on Tuesday to chat about all things....THE GAME CHANGER....:-)

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Signing on the dotted line....

Signing on the dotted line today.....I am so looking forward to working with Polis Books ...Roll on 2016 & 2017 and Red Ribbons & The Doll's House publication in the US!! 

Monday, November 9, 2015

It's that time of year!!!

It's that time of year again...Eason's Christmas Catalogue...Irish crime fiction selection with Joanne Spain and Jax Miller and The Game Changer is there too....with so many others....

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards 2015!!

THE GAME CHANGER has been shortlisted in the Ireland AM Crime Novel of the Year category in the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards 2015.

I am absolutely thrilled, and it is really terrific that all four novels have been nominated since the publication of Red Ribbons in 2012. 

If you'd like to give The Game Changer, or any of the other books a vote, you can do so at this link here.... http://www.irishbookawards.ie/vote2015 

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Man Booker Prize and so much more......

This is not a picture of Bob Johnson!

A frighteningly good new episode of Bookish podcast, featuring Bob Johnston​,Shane Breslin and myself.....

Put on the kettle and have a listen folks...I promise you, if you're a book lover, you won't regret it....LISTEN IN HERE 

On This Month's Bookish Podcast...

Reflections on the biggest literary award of the year, the Man Booker Prize, which went to Marlon James for A Brief History of Seven Killings; literary innovation in the form of short story vending machines; and a nearly middle aged white man complaining about middle aged white men complaining.

Book club discussion is on four-decade 720-page epic A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara – a book which invariably elicits strong opinions from anyone who reads it.

Psychological crime writer Louise Phillips, whose fourth thriller “The Game Changer” is published by Hachette Books Ireland, joins us for our guest slot Trilogy, picking three books that mean a lot to her – including a 20th century classic, a little known book by Virginia Andrews and a relatively recent book from an Irish author.

‘Second Look’ this month is Julius Winsome by Irish writer Gerard Donovan, and new books to catch our eye include The Boy Who Fell Off The Mayflower and Irelandopedia and the November events roundup looks at the Dublin Books Festival, the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards and two public interviews by Banter.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Trilogy - Top 3 Books...chatting with Bookish!

I'm so looking forward to chatting with Bob Johnston​ of The Gutter Bookshop and Shane Breslin of Blackbird Books tomorrow, as part of their monthly podcasts under the 'BOOKISH' series. 

Trilogy is the slot where a guest talks about three books that played a big part in their life, and this month, I’ll be chatting about my top three books….it made for a lot of soul searching……and of course, The Game Changer...

Anyhow, I’ll keep you posted as to when the podcast is available, but if you want to check out previous podcasts, visit here  http://castaway.media/bookish/category/episodes/

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The Book Club - DUBLIN CITY FM......

My interview with the lovely Grainne Brookfield of Dublin City FM will be broadcast this Friday at 11 a.m....tune into 103.2 FM if you can....

I'll post pics from the Cill Rialaig Residency shortly....

Friday, October 16, 2015

The Wild Atlantic Way!!

I will be gone from any internet activity for the next 10 days, but the even better news is that I will be writing in Cill Rialaig on the Wild Atlantic Way!! 

Looking forward to sharing some time with fellow writers Catherine Dunne, Lia Mills, Sean Hardie, Andrea Carter, Anthony Glavin and Maria Mc Manus...

See you all on the other side!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Meeting friends, old and new!

A really lovely evening last night in RUA RED Arts Centre. It was terrific to catch up with so many old and new friends for a night of Circle & Square (Fiery Arrow Press) edited by Eileen Casey.

A packed house with fantastic readings from Kevin and Joan Power...(Photos by ROCSHOT)

Music & Me......

Talking all about Music & Me with musician and writer Derek Flynn of writing.ie - Visit HERE 

Monday, October 12, 2015

Soon to be revealed...

So what have these women writers with varying styles and drawn from different genres have in common??? Soon to be revealed, but I can tell you it was great fun working with them.....

From left, Martina Devlin, E R Murray, Hazel Gaynor, Jax Miller, Claudia Carroll and Louise Phillips

Alison Wells of Writing.ie on 'Circle & Square' Edited by Eileen Casey

When is a shopping centre not like a shopping centre? Easy! When it’s the site for fiction, prose, poetry, drama and art photography. But not as frequently as you might think, surprisingly enough. Ewan Morrison (writing in The Guardian) makes the point that there are few works of fiction set in shopping malls. This state of affairs Morrison regards as ‘a disturbing omission in literary history, given we live in a world that is rapidly homogenized by these structures.

Circle & Square, a new publication hot off the press, can now be added to the canon of shopping centre literature. Brim filled with prose, fiction, drama, poetry and photography...

"Louise Phillips, one of Circle & Square’s guest writers, uses flash fiction to bring her main character (‘Layla’) into the car park of a shopping centre, having fled from an abusive husband. It’s early morning and the vast empty space further heightens that sense of isolation and alienation. Phillips uses the setting eerily well, as one would expect from a best-selling crime novelist..."

Dermot Bolger says of Circle & Square... “To open Circle & Square is like entering the sort of fascinating café which every shopping centre should ideally possess: a cornucopia of engaging voices and fascinating stories that any reader would happily eavesdrop on. This is an anthology where a shopping expedition or a Luas journey can also bring you on a succession of intriguing and inventive voyages into the past and future. Prepare to be entertained.”


Friday, October 9, 2015

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Exciting News....

Some EXCITING NEWS will break over the next couple of days....so watch THIS SPACE!!!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015


I'll eventually do the raffle for The Game Changer Mug (I'm going with sickness as my defense), but in the interim, 'UNPUTDOWNABLE' seems to be the flavour of the day. 

Here's a lovely review from Amazon...

"Louise Phillips's third book Last Kiss was so impressive I wondered if she would be able to match it with her fourth. I needn't have worried! The Game Changer presents a carefully woven, intricate storyline that is chilling in its realism. Phillips does an excellent job of progressing the personal story of her recurring main character, Kate Pearson, without compromising the detail of the crimes being solved, and while interlinking them in a way that is not contrived, but adds to the mystery. This book tells the story from the points of view of many different characters - so many, in fact, that it would be easy to loose track if Phillips had not done such a masterful job of writing individual voices and linking all the characters together in an explosive climax. I definitely recommend this book but not just for fans of crime. Anyone interested in psychology, cults and a good mystery (I thought I'd solved it many times throughout the book, but was mistaken every time) will find The Game Changer unputdownable."

The Writing Heart.....

Thanks to everyone who has sent messages about THE GAME CHANGER......it really does the writing heart good, and I have to say, this one from a member of a book club this morning really made me smile....

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Into the Cliffs....

Snuggling in front of the fire this afternoon and thinking about this great adventure not so far away ... 

Writing residency Cill Rialaig..... 

"It's a rare thing that an artist gets to be truly alone with their work..."

Great short film..'Into the Cliffs'  View HERE

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Fast paced and shocking......

On the mend from my 2nd dose of flu virus, and I think it's worthwhile sharing this first review for October on THE GAME CHANGER  from Novelious.com ....

"At first you wonder how these people, so different from each other, can be connected and then when they come together and you realise the different part they played in the scenario or why each of them has been chosen, it all makes sense....The story kept me guessing right until the end. I enjoyed this fast-paced, and at times shocking book, very much.."


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Crime Fiction 10 Week Course starting Thursday October 1st!!

It all kicks off again this Thursday 1st October at the Irish Writers Centre - 10 weeks of writing crime fiction, and there is ONLY 1 PLACE left!! 

Detective organised for crime scene evaluation and DNA briefings....so don't miss out! 

TO BOOK contact the Irish Writers Centre at 01 8721302 or follow the link HERE
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