Monday, December 31, 2012

See you on the other side!!!!

Last year I had food poisoning for New Year's Eve, and this year, I'm down with a crappy cold that wants to kill my head!!!

As I cough and bark, and reach for yet another tissue to clear whatever mess is inside of me, I wish you all a brilliant 2013!

If being sick on New Year's Eve again, means 2013 will be as good as 2012, then I'll take New Year Sickness over and over:-)

Chat soon when I get back from the brink!!! xxxx Louise

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

It's that time folks when we're all about to batten down the hatches and spend time with loved one. I sincerely wish you all a very Merry Christmas and an amazing 2013.

I'm saying my goodbyes for a while as hibernation is setting in until end January 2013 (my deadline for finishing the current novel), but you never know, I might get tempted to pop in every now and again.


In the meantime, I want to thank you all for the support throughout 2012, especially those of you who bought copies of Red Ribbons, even some of you who bought them as Christmas pressies - you are all amazing!!!!

So I leave you with an Christmas image from our cottage sitting room at home - Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Snapshots of 2012!

Here's some light entertainment which will take about 1.57 minutes of your time!!! 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year  

Simply click HERE to View

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Beautifully Haunting Images

Yes, you've all guessed it, I've been in hiding for the last few days with the deadline for finishing the first draft of 'The Doll's House' getting pretty close. So all in all I will be a bit of a recluse over the next short while as this fictional world eats into my reality, but hopefully it will all be worth it in the end. 

I'm also doing quite a bit of research at the moment, including experiencing being hypnotized this coming Friday - so that will be something! Again, I hope it will all be worth it in the end, but I'll let you know how I get on!!!

But before I go all things Doll's House, I wanted to give you a few screenshot images from the New Trailer for Red Ribbons which will be coming out early next year. In my opinion they are each hauntingly beautiful, and I honestly can't thank the media student of the ITT enough for working with me on this creative project.


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

7 Tower Reading at The Twisted Pepper

Reading & discussion with Eamonn Lynskey

Thanks to all who attended the reading and open discussion with Eamonn Lynskey of the 7 Towers Literary Group yesterday. It was a lovely relaxed lunchtime event, and I thoroughly enjoyed chatting about writing, the creation of Red Ribbons, and how I ended up as a Crime Writer!

Eamonn touched on a number of areas surrounding the creative process, one of them being my early love of reading. All of you who know a little bit about me, know I'm a great endorser of libraries, having developed a love of reading in early childhood because of being able to borrow books from our local library, and as I've often said before, I wouldn't be the reader and therefore the writer I am today, had it not been for this support.

Another area I spoke about with Eamonn, was my writing in my late teens and early twenties - which was encouraged and rejuvenated by an English teacher who opened up the world of literature to me in such an impressionable way.

Yesterday's chat got me thinking once again about this great teacher of English, how he believed in me all those two hundred million years ago, thinking I had something special when it came to writing. Again, some of you might know that I'd abandoned my writing for nearly 25 years, and the reasons are many and varied, and  in some ways still unclear. Anyhow (my fav crutch word), I made the decision today to follow through on a thought that has been in my mind for a very long time - trying to find my old English teacher. 

I have no idea if the man is still alive, but I can tell you for sure, he was remarkable. I attended night classes with him at Mount Street VEC while working full time for over two years. I still have my old class notes, and all the writing I did during this time. This man had a love of English, history, and the world around us like very few others I've met, so I'll keep you posted as to how I get on in my search!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Mystery and Murder at Carousel Creates

I was delighted on Saturday to officially open Carousel Creates, a writing retreat in the Dublin Mountains run by the energetic and talented Carolann Copeland. 

To find out more, you can visit the Website here @ http://www.carousel-creates.com

Mystery and Murder of the fictional sense were in the air for an afternoon of 'Crime Writing' & lots of other writerly stuff, given my yours truly with a great bunch of creative souls you can see below. All participants willing to embrace the theme wholeheartedly after a wonderful lunch, with beautiful views for inspiration!

The workshop comprised of the following material, with time whizzing by us, and the sense that not only were some wonderful words created, but we also had a whole lot of fun while creating them!

Crime Writing – Carousel Creates


2.15 p.m. – 5.30 p.m.
Facilitator: Louise Phillips – Author of RED RIBBONS
2.15 – 3.15
How to write a good pitch letter
The Do’s & the Don’t

Contract Notes

Research – Why & How 

3.15 – 4.00
Mood Boards - Use of visual prompts (with practical examples)

Followed by writing exercise based on sample Crime Covers - getting the hook in your opening page

4.15 – 5.15
Social Media is here to stay - Why and how we need to be part of it

Essential Elements of Crime Writing Plot, character, tension and pace.

5.15 – 5.30

Closing Writing Exercise based on word prompt – (10 minutes)

To book for the next Crime Writing Workshop, which will be a Full Day on 'Crime Writing' on Saturday February 9th, contact Carolann Copeland  HERE

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Reading At The Twisted Pepper

Really looking forward to this event organised by 
Seven Towers - so hope to see you there!!!

54 Middle Abbey Street

Louise Phillips’ new crime novel Red Ribbons


Seven Towers Ltd  was set up as a not for profit company in 2006 by a group of friends who loved great literature and wanted to play a part in the cultural scene. They knew of a great many superb writers and poets, who, because of the size of the Irish Market, were not finding publishers and exposure to the public. Thus they began publishing and agenting books and setting up readings, and have continued to do so since then. 
Seven Towers is not supported by any grant or aid, and is run totally on the good will of those who help and promote our work. We strive to foster an atmosphere of collaboration and co operation among artists of many different genres and disciplines. We also strive to foster a strong international feel to our work, inviting poets from other continents to drop by and read with us and work with us. Not only this, but 7Towers runs readings in the US and in Britain, including the Last Wednesday Series, and the Chapters and Verse series. 

Seven Towers is immensely proud to be part of a flourishing Dublin Literary scene and sees a bright future for Irish and international Writing.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Irish Book Awards - What a Night!!!!

A fantastic night at the Irish Book Awards, and a totally new experience for me, as has been most of 2012!!! 

Huge congrats to Tana French for winning the Ireland AM Crime Fiction Award with Broken Harbour - and respect and good wishes to all my fellow writers in this category, Niamh O'Connor, Benjamin Black, Laurence O Bryan and Declan Burke.

Sorry not to have taken more pics or done more tweeting on the night - note to self, must get better at these things!! But a glorious night, and one I will remember for a very long time.

Hope you enjoy this small selection of pics, and HUGE THANKS for all your support - another amazing part of this whole experience!!!


Tickets for the Evening

Purse, bracelet, and earrings!
The Dress
Prince Charming's Collar for the Night
Pre-dinner drinks in the Library
All smiles!!
The amazing Niamh O'Connor
With the girls!

Big Screen
Pretty Table

Place Setting

Yummy Desert!

Books everywhere including the
Concert Hall at the RDS for Gala Dinner

The FREE Goodie Bag!!!
Final Memories

Ending the night  with a cuppa at home!

But what was in the Goodie Bag???..... Will be revealed shortly!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

LOCKED WITHIN by Paul Anthony Shortt

I met Paul Anthony Shortt, last September, and discovered that he would soon launch his debut novel, LOCKED WITHIN, a Supernatural CSI novel, and I was immediately intrigued.

I know I've said this a million times (well maybe not quite a million), but it's amazing how many people and friends you pick up along this writing journey! So today, I'm privileged to be hosting a blog post for Paul Anthony, but first a little bit about Paul Anthony Shortt, and LOCKED WITHIN. 

Paul Anthony Shortt

A child at heart who turned to writing and role playing games when there simply weren't enough action figures to play out the stories he wanted, Paul Anthony Shortt has been writing all his life.

Growing up surrounded by music, film and theatre gave him a deep love of all forms of storytelling, each teaching him something new he could use. When not playing with the people in his head, he enjoys cooking and regular meet-ups with his gaming group.

He lives in Ireland with his wife Jen and their dogs, Pepper and Jasper. Their first child, Conor William Henry Shortt, was born on July 11th, 2011. He passed away three days later, but brought love and joy into their lives and those of their friends. Jen is pregnant again and is expecting twins.


The supernatural realm and the mundane world have existed side by side since the dawn of time. Predators walk the streets, hidden by our own ignorance. Once, the city of New York was protected, but that was another age.

Now a creature emerges from the city's past to kill again, with no one to hear the screams of its victims. The lost and the weak, crushed under the heels of the city's supernatural masters, have given up hope.

But one man finds himself drawn to these deaths. Plagued by dreams of past lives, his obsession may cost him friends, loved ones, even his life. To stop this monster, he must unlock the strength he once had. He must remember the warrior he was, to become the hero he was born to be.

His name is Nathan Shepherd, and he remembers.


Before we hear more about LOCKED IN, and how you can get a copy of it, I've decided to do a word association game with Paul Anthony, one which I had the pleasure to do on my own blog tour with the wonderful Valerie Sirr. 

You can do it too if you fancy it - but remember to write your answers down quickly - your first thoughts are the best!


Rebirth, circles, never ending, eternity.


Recognition, remember, detail


Reborn, child, happiness, memory, forgetting, beginning.


End, start, begin, peace, shadow, unknown, mystery, fear, confrontation.


White, blood, cold, trees, winter, alone, surrounded.


Vulnerable, small, weak, running away, darkness.


New York, streets, night time, lights, people, energy, power.


Frost, nightmare, scared, wind, rain.


Sword, shield, knight, hero, wizard, magic, monsters, danger, adventure.


Defend, stand, defy, sacrifice, fight.

I'll be chatting to Paul Anthony over at Crime Scene for Writing.ie in the next few days, so keep an eye out for that, but first here's a link to the trailer and how you can get a copy!!


Order Print Edition HERE 

Order Kindle Edition HERE 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Pictures tell their own story!!

Voting is now closed for the 
Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards

Thank you all so much for the support and good wishes! 

Pictures from the last crazy days!
Cinderella & Prince Charming will go to the Ball
 Tickets for Awards Gala Dinner
Photo for Evening Herald Feature
'I'm a Granny, not a Nanny'
Myself, Susan Condon, Tanya Farrelly, Trish Nugent,
Ruby Barnes & Co after Crime Night at the REDLINE Festival
Crime Writers, Mick Halpin, Liam Flood, Susan Condon, and 
myself are joined by Nell during Dublin Book Festival
Chairing 'Inspiring Crime Writers' - Dublin Book Festival,
Louise Phillips,with Conor Brady and Niamh O'Connor
Relaxing after 3 Voices/3 Forms at the  Loose End Theatre
RED LINE Book Festival - Susan Condon/Louise Phillips
Reading from The Doll's House with
Eileen Casey & Colm Keegan
RED LINE Festival - 3 Voices/3Forms Louise Phillips in
company with Eileen Casey & Colm Keegan
Working with Media Student ITT
Ireland AM Interview with Aidan Cooney
Nomination RED RIBBONS for
Irish Crime Novel of the Year 2012
Orla Coffey & Tanya Farrelly - Twitter Nuts at Twitter xmas single
Rehearsals finally over for Twitter xmas single!
All smiles
Louise Phillips, Jillian Godsill, John Ivory, Maura Donaghue,
and Susan Condon at Twitter xmas recording.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Last Chance to Vote!!!

Voting for the Bord Gais Irish Book Awards 
is closing tomorrow!!!!

If you haven't voted and would like to vote - click HERE

Friday, November 16, 2012

My first experience on Television with Ireland AM

This writing business is a constant learning curve, and I’m not talking about character development, plot, setting, editing, or even writing motivation, I’m talking about all the skills you need to acquire along the way. And one of them for me last week, was being interviewed on television.
As Red Ribbons has been nominated for the Ireland AM Best Crime Novel of the Year 2012, last Wednesday, I was asked onto the set of Ireland AM to be interviewed by Aidan Cooney. Being new to all this, I thought I’d share something of the whole experience with you. So check out how I got on HERE
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