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.

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