Wednesday, January 18, 2017

A time to remember....

As the seeds of my current work in progress began in Cill Rialaig Artist Retreat over a year ago, being in the final stages of the script, it's a good time to remember.
Image with fellow artists, Andrea Carter, Catherine Dunne,Lia Mills, Maria McManus Valerie Bistany, Sean Hardie, and Anthony Glavin
(Day 8 of remaining 40 to finish novel :-))
Daily word count complete...Time for cuppa and a walk!!!
#writing #books #wordcount

Reading Material this month!!

So here are the books I'll be reading over the next few weeks!! :-)

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Begin Your Novel - FREE Taster!!

I'll be doing  a FREE 'Begin your Novel' taster on the 28th January at the Irish Writers Centre. 

Attendees are invited to sign up to this free course in advance via EVENTBRITE!

*** BE WARNED...Previous events like this resulted in a Waiting List far in excess of the course participants. 

So Book Today, to avoid disappointment.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Recommended for Collectors - First Mysteries, first editions.....

I am totally charmed to see RED RIBBONS included in The Mysterious Bookshop's recommended first Mysteries for collectors.....Visit here  for full list of titles.

Friday, January 13, 2017

ONLY Hours left to download RED RIBBONS at 99p!!!

Irish & UK readers....only 48 hours left to download RED RIBBON at the ultra keen price of 99p! ...download HERE

I've got that Friday feeling!!

Yippie, and yippee again...Word count complete for today, so target for the week achieved!! Yay! (Day 5 of 40) #writing #target #books #wordcount 

Monday, January 9, 2017

How to build a compelling novel concept!

If you want to write a fiction novel, romance, mystery, satire, young adult or comedy, you have to begin somewhere.

Here are some of the topics we'll be covering in the upcoming 'BEGIN YOUR NOVEL' Course at the Irish Writers Centre.....
  • How to build a compelling novel concept.
  • Getting the reader to care.
  • Points of view.
  • Essential elements of chapter structure.
  • Creating memorable characters.
  • How to handle shifts in your story.
  • Writing effective dialogue.
  • Road maps, plot planning and mind maps.
  • Using multiple points of view.
  • Novel structure including the W storyboard.
  • Creating that page turning story.
  • The do's and don'ts of getting agents and editors to keep reading.

Friday, January 6, 2017

The Creative Process - Mind Maps!

Before Christmas I edited my current work in progress (TRUST NO ONE) from 65,000 words down to under 50,000. The script became shorter, but a lot better. (I’m one of those sad people who love editing!)
Earlier this week, I picked up the script to start writing again. I realised I needed a plan to reach the finish line (better known as the end!).
The plan turned out to be a series mind maps!
This pic may not look like 3 days of work, but the content will be the next 8 weeks of writing!!

And just to prove I’m not the only writer who uses such tactics….here’s a pic of J K Rowling’s Harry Potter series…..

Best Books of 2016 - BOOKLOVER Catlady's Top 16 Reads of 16!

So thrilled to be part of this listing with RED RIBBONS....BOOKLOVER CATLADY's- Best Books of 2016!
"The writing is detailed, engaging and thoughtful. The author writes like it's effortless. Exceptional talent....A cut above. Riveting. Classy." RED RIBBONS (Polis Books)
Here they are! These are in no particular order except for my Number One book which is: Some Will Not Sleep by Adam Nevill.
* Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield
* Red Ribbons (Dr. Kate Pearson #1) by Louise Phillips
* The Vegetarian by Kan Hang
* When the Dragon Roars (Starks Trilogy #2) by Nesly Clerge
* Untouchable by Sibel Hodge
* Tuesday Falling by S. Williams
* The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison
* Awakening: The Prequel To Charlotte (The Charlotte Chronicles Book 2) by Stuart Keane
* Blood Related: A Psychological Thriller by William Cook
* Tastes Like Fear (D.I. Marnie Rome, #3) by Sarah Hilary
* The Stopped Heart by Julie Myerson
* All Smoke Rises: MILK-BLOOD Redux by Mark Matthews
* Chosen Child by Linda Huber
* Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris
* The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Do you want to write a novel???

Do you want to write a Novel? Have you a great idea, but you don't know where to begin?
If the answer is yes, join me in February at the Irish Writers Centre for 10 weeks of 'BEGIN YOUR NOVEL' Course. Since starting creative writing classes a couple of years ago, six of my students have been awarded Irish & International publishing deals, and 4 others, are currently signed with agents.
You can book or register your interest online or by phoning (01) 8721302
Online Link - HERE

Monday, January 2, 2017

Books of Exceptional Merit!!

After the Mysterious Bookshop’s description of ‘Patricia Cornwell meets Tana French’, 2017 is starting off with a bang!! In America, Publishers Weekly, the industry’s leading news and review publication, has given RED RIBBONS a Starred Review. Only a very small percentage of books reviewed receive this accolade, awarded to books of exceptional merit!! And here is the review…..#happy #excited #jumpforjoy
"Irish author Phillips makes her U.S. debut with a masterly psychological thriller...The foibles, fears and strengths of each fully realized character all come into play and affect their judgment. In short, they are people the reader will care about." PUBLISHERS WEEKLY STARRED REVIEW – RED RIBBONS

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Patricia Cornwell meets Tana French - Mysterious Bookshop Red Ribbons

"Patricia Cornwell meets Tana French...." Thank you Mysterious Bookshop New York. Signed 1st edition copies of Red Ribbons available here...http://buff.ly/2iJRrXR

Friday, December 23, 2016

Day 1 of 12 Red Ribbons at 0.99p!!!

12 Days of Christmas - DAY 1 Amazon UK kindle promo @ .99p for RED RIBBONS....

(only 12 days left to order!!!) Order HERE 

Monday, December 19, 2016

A Novel Start!

Do you want to write a novel? Have you a great idea, but don't know where to begin? Have to started a novel, but got lost along the way? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, join me in February at the Irish Writers Centre for 10 weeks of 'Begin Your Novel' Course.

Full details HERE

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Read this book!! - RED RIBBONS is Brilliant!

Thank you Maxine Groves of Book Lover Cat Lady for this amazing review of RED RIBBONS!!

Brilliant Irish crime fiction! Totally engaged me from start to finish.I can't believe I've not read more of Louise's books but can believe it's won a host of awards already. If you love crime, if you especially love crime featuring a top criminal psychologist then you need this in your life!

What can I say? The plot is riveting with a creepy sinister taint that I loved. Meet a creepy serial killer. Dead girls with red ribbons in their hair. The past and the present linked with dark secrets and you've got a winner.

I loved Kate Pearson. We meet her for the first time in this novel. She's a top criminal psychologist known for her work on some high priority cases and is called in to help the Garda (Irish police) find the killer behind the terrible deaths of young pretty girls. She's no perfect woman our Kate, she's flawed and very real. Brilliant at her job but with no picture perfect life.

The writing is detailed, engaging and thoughtful. The author writes like it's effortless. Exceptional talent. You know how some crime books "sound" the same? Written in familiar voices? Not this one. A cut above. Riveting. Classy.

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