Saturday, August 27, 2016

It's Arizona in the Fall.....

I'll be heading off to the US West Coast again in late October, so if you're near Phoenix Arizona....it would be lovely to see you there....

Friday, August 26, 2016



"I love writing crime fiction for many reasons, but the main one is the same reason that so many readers enjoy reading it, a fascination with people who don’t follow the same rules as ourselves. This curiosity asks big questions of the reader and the writer. How far is someone prepared to go to get what they want, how far is your protagonist prepared to go to protect themselves or others? It’s as if you and the reader are on a human roller-coaster ride. I love that because as the writer you have to dig deep. Also, by and large in crime fiction the stakes are extremely high. With high stakes your fictional characters have a lot to lose....READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

Thursday, August 25, 2016


Saturday, October 8th 2016 - LOS GATOS, SAN FRANCISCO
So looking forward to this......
From the programme....
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More and more young Irish women are joining the ranks of established crime fiction greats. What’s that all about? Award-winning Irish crime writers Louise Phillips and Niamh O’Connor will read from their contributions to the new anthology of Irish crime writing, Trouble Is Our Business (New Island Press, September 2016). The stories in the collection have a distinctive Irish flavor but show Irish crime writing in the 21st Century is now playing in international leagues.
Louise Phillips is author of four psychological crime thrillers. Her debut novel Red Ribbons was nominated for the Best Irish Crime Novel of the Year 2012, and her second novel, The Doll’s House, won the award in 2013. Last Kiss, her third novel was also shortlisted. In 2015, she was a judge on the Irish panel for the EU Literary Award. The Game Changer is her fourth novel. “This is not just an Irish Crime thriller writer – she’s among the best crime writers in the world.” – BBC Radio Ulster
Niamh O’Connor is a best-selling crime novelist, true crime writer and journalist for more than 20 years. She is former True Crime editor with the Sunday World. O’Connor has also produced several best selling books of high profile crimes as well as detective fiction with the central character of DI Jo Birmingham.
Louise and Niamh will be joined by Claire McGowan, author of the Paula Maguire crime series, which was optioned by the BBC. McGowan, who also writes women’s fiction as Eva Woods, was born in Northern Ireland and now lives in London. Claire runs the UK’s first MA in Crime Writing, at City University London.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Detective as Muse - Writers Week Los Gatos San Francisco!!

If you're in the San Francisco region in October....I'll be there! Plus, it always good to meet a detective who has investigated over 300 homicides....I kid you not!! 
For more details on Writers Week Los Gatos Visit HERE

Louise Phillips and a local Bay Area crime novelist will be joined by Irish detective Tom Doyle, and Dublin-born San Francisco Police Department Crime Scene Investigator, Ronan Shouldice for a panel discussion on writing about crime, the real versus the fictionalized, detective as muse, and the differences in legislation and covering crime both sides of the Atlantic.
Ronan Shouldice was born in Dublin and moved to the U.S. in 1979, settling in San Francisco in 1981. He joined the San Francisco Police Department in 1989 and worked in patrol until being accepted into the Crime Scene Investigation Unit in 1994, where he has been assigned ever since. He is a Certified Latent Print Examiner and has investigated thousands of crime scenes, including over 300 homicide cases.
Tom Doyle was born in Dublin. He joined the Irish Police Force, An Garda Síochána, in 1979, and has a degree in Human Resource Management. Promoted to Detective Sergeant in 1998, he has almost 37 years’ experience at the forefront of Criminal Investigations within the Irish capital city of Dublin. During his long career, he has managed a variety of units, including the Crime Task Force and the Drugs Unit, before being appointed Detective Sergeant, responsible for the detection and investigation of Serious Crime, incorporating murder and gangland activity. A key note speaker on the dangers of drug abuse, he has also worked with emerging writers at the Irish Writers Centre in Dublin, developing their knowledge of crime scene analysis, forensics, and other aspects of policing relevant to crime fiction research. He is currently based in South Dublin.
Louise Phillips is author of four psychological crime thrillers. Her debut novel Red Ribbons was nominated for the Best Irish Crime Novel of the Year 2012, and her second novel, The Doll’s House, won the award in 2013. Last Kiss, her third novel was also shortlisted. In 2015, she was a judge on the Irish panel for the EU Literary Award. The Game Changer is her fourth novel. “This is not just an Irish Crime thriller writer – she’s among the best crime writers in the world.” – BBC Radio Ulster

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Dalkey Creates....Some Amazing Writing Workshops!!!

So looking forward to the Dalkey Creates Festival! Dates 13th -16th October....Sharing the days with some great writing friends....

For more details on the festival click HERE.

Crime Writing at the Irish Writers Centre!

Well folks, it all starts again on the 29th September 2016 - 10 Weeks Crime Fiction Course 6.30 - 8.30 every Thursday at the Irish Writers Centre.

For further information click HERE.....

MAKING A MURDERER CRIME FICTION with LOUISE PHILLIPS.....http://irishwriterscentre.ie/collections/all-courses/products/making-the-murderer-crime-fiction-with-louise-phillips

And here are some of the motley crew from last week's Crime Writing Course at the Irish Writers Centre!!

Monday, August 8, 2016

How terrifying is it to watch the people you love fall prey......

And thanks to the super talented Arlene Hunt for her recent Amazon review of The Game Changer....

"How terrifying is it to watch the people you love fall prey to something beyond your control. How painful to watch their minds shatter, knowing that nothing you can do or say will prevent their fall? In The Game Change, Louise Phillips deftly asks us, the reader, to ponder these exact question as a powerful manipulator creates a dangerous world for the most vulnerable among our society. Dr Kate Pearson will need to have all her wits about her as she battles her own memories and her own past in order to save her future in this gripping psychological thriller."

I'm off to Phoenix Arizona!

It looks like I'll be off to Phoenix Arizona in late October for the Phoenix Sister Cities Ennis Book Festival!!

Looking forward to it with Adrienne Leavy of Reading Ireland and Joyce and Yeats scholars Brian Caraher and Gregory Castle.....

Will share more information nearer the date!

Friday, August 5, 2016

Phillips has a talent for crawling right up inside your head!!

Thank you Jim Crocker for this lovely 5 Star Goodreads Review!!

"This psychological thriller opened a door into a dark territory I haven’t visited for a long time. The characters I met there felt oddly familiar, almost like old friends. Louise Phillips has a talent for crawling right up inside your head and knocking down walls. I can’t wait to read more!"

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Intensive 5 Day Crime Fiction Course at the Irish Writers Centre!

Starting 15th August 2016 - 5 days of Intensive Crime Fiction Writing at the Irish Writers Centre in Dublin......

"Since completing this course a number of Louise's students have achieved publishing deals and/or are signed with agents...."

Full Details HERE

Friday, July 29, 2016


The diversity and quality of Irish Crime Fiction writing is in no doubt, and this new anthology TROUBLE IS OUR BUSINESS from NEW ISLAND, edited by award-winning crime writer DECLAN BURKE, will be a MUST READ!

I am really delighted to have a story within the collection. It is dark, it is dangerous and it is poignant, and I can't wait to read these new stories by Irish crime writersRoll on September publication!!! Loving the cover too!

See details below:

Selected and edited by award-winning crime writer Declan Burke, TROUBLE IS OUR BUSINESS showcases the absolute best in Irish crime writing today. From originators like Patrick McGinley and Ruth Dudley Edwards to global crime megastars like John Connolly and Eoin Colfer, there can be no doubt as to the serious quality of Irish crime writing in the twenty-first century. An absolute must-have for crime lovers! Featuring stories by: Patrick McGinley, Ruth Dudley Edwards, Colin Bateman, Eoin McNamee, Ken Bruen, Paul Charles, Julie Parsons, John Connolly, Alan Glynn, Adrian McKinty, Arlene Hunt, Alex Barclay, Gene Kerrigan, Eoin Colfer, Declan Hughes, Cora Harrison, Brian McGilloway, Stuart Neville, Jane Casey, Niamh O'Connor,William Ryan, Louise Phillips, Sinead Crowley and Liz Nugent.

TROUBLE IS OUR BUSINESS will be published on September 30th.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The Murky Middle!!!

I've talked a lot in the past about the murky middle of a novel. It's where you've managed to get the essentials of the story down by introducing the fictional novel world to the reader, one with an array of characters, insights and a sense (albeit full of questions) of where the story is going - AKA Act 1. 

Act 3, is the final segment of the story when I have a reasonably good idea of how it all will end, but I can change my mind at a moment's notice.

The one sandwiched in the middle, is Act 2, which I refer to as the murky middle.

It gets even murkier when you're like me and you don't plot your story. Nor, do I know what my character are going to do next. Right now, I also have a whole load of things planted in the script that may or may not have an influence on the outcome. And yes, I know, people like the wonderful Jeffrey Deaver know the whole story before they even write a single word. But alas, the process is different for everyone. 

Despite hating the murky middle, because it is at times, DIRECTIONLESS, and I have to write and rewrite myself out of many a cul-de-sac, I secretly like that some weird and often wacky surprises happen in these troubled murky waters, even if like this morning, I have conversations like this with my partner.

ME:    'I have a word count of 1,500 words to do today.'
HIM:   'That's good.'
ME:    'No, it isn't.'
HIM:   'Why not?
ME:    'Because I've no idea what I'm going to write.'
HIM:   'Don't worry about that, you've been there before.'
ME:    'That doesn't help. What if I can't think of anything?'
HIM:   'You will.'
ME:    'That doesn't help either.'

Thankfully I squeezed the 1,500 words out....so I guess he was right, but there's still tomorrow! 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Killer Chiller!!

It's not everyday that there's great news, but today is one of them!

I'm over the moon that the super talented Patricia Gibney has signed a 4 book deal with Bookouture.....

REMEMBER ME will be published in April next year and here's what Associate Publisher Lydia Vassar Smith, who acquired World English language rights from Ger Nichol at The Book Bureau, said of the deal:

"With rocket paced writing and fantastic series detective DI Lottie Parker, REMEMBER ME promises to be 2017’s serial killer-chiller. Patricia Gibney is a true pro and I can’t wait to get her books into the hands of readers."

On a personal front, I am also delighted that another one of my students has achieved publishing success. Her hard work and talent has been amazing and I never had any doubts that she would succeed! WELL DONE Patricia!!
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