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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!!!



The New Year is nearly here and I've never been one for mad partying on this night, preferring to spend it quietly at home. Tonight we will share it with our daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren.

I know many people have a lot of difficulties at this time of year and life isn't always easy, which is why I am so utterly grateful for having so many wonderful elements to my life.

I feel blessed having a wonderful family and lots of dear friends, and even though I manage to find things to complain about, my life is enriched not only by them, but by the lovely and happy home I live in, by the joy of looking out every single day on a beautiful part of Ireland, by being able to have enough food on the table, and a warm house to live, by only being afraid of self doubt, but still striving forward despite the prospect of failing, by making stuff up in stories, and other people reading them, by being able to make mistakes and start over.

Now, as the kettle is on, having done my word count for today, I wish everyone a wonderful, happy and healthy 2015. 

Thank you for making 2014 so special, and I look forward to many adventures together over the next 12 months.

xxx

Louise  

“A new heart for a New Year, always!” ― Charles Dickens

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Two Steps Forward and One Step Back!

A day of two steps forward and one step back novel wise, but at least it has moved on.. I think! Head exhausted now and a sleep on couch is looking very tempting....Does anyone else feel more tired when they're making stuff up??? 


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Milestone and other stuff....






I reached a milestone in word count terms today, which is good. I still have more to write than I have written on novel 4 (current working title - A Beautiful Death), but as Stephen King says, writing is something you do one word at a time. 

We also got our Christmas stuff up in the house today, so it's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas around here, and I certainly realise how lucky we are.

Chosen charities this year for us were Focus Ireland because of the terrible homeless situation and Childline who badly need help to keep their 24 hour line open for children who need them no matter what hour of the day it is. If you can manage a contribution, do what you can.

Finally, lots of great wishes to you all for a safe, happy and healthy Christmas and New Year.

xx

Louise

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The secret of becoming a writer....

"The secret of becoming a writer..., write, write and keep on writing," or in the words of Ernest Hemingway..."There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed."




It was the final session of the Write That Novel course in Carousel Creates last night, and it was a mighty session. Once again, there was a great group of writers coming together to explore areas of the craft. I may be biased, but I think writing brings out the best in people. It was certainly a pleasure for me to facilitate this lovely group.

Thank you all for being so enthusiastic, and for your lovely present and handmade card. I was really touched.

x

Louise 


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

It's a scary and fun thing, making stuff up...

Being in writing hibernation means I will be turning up for Christmas dinner on the 25th December and not much else. The last 'Write That Novel' session is on tomorrow evening and after that I have kept my diary clear for writing until February (other than the day job, the family, the dog and the XFactor final).

It's a scary and fun thing, making stuff up....

I don't plot, even scarier....

I don't outline, except near the end....positively nerve wrecking....

I have a broad idea (a very broad idea) of what the story is going to be about. Then I have a day like today when one idea gets linked to another one, which forms the motivation for a particular character and the reason another character needs to be afraid and you start getting to the enjoyable and exciting part.

I also discovered that LAST KISS is in the Easons Christmas Catalogue - see pic below....(3 for 2 too!)

I remember picking this up from Easons every Christmas, never having a notion that I would ever have a novel in it....well there you go....making stuff up can be life changing!






Tuesday, December 2, 2014

True friendship!

Great friends travel to even greater heights for you!!! Thank you Mary McGroary for giving me my little piece of the USA with the Irish Echo in New York!!! (Maybe, I will actually get there some day!!)




Monday, December 1, 2014

The Sam McRae Mystery Series!

As I will be in writing hibernation for some time, I'm delighted to have fellow writers visit and spread good news or information about their work. I've known Debbi Mack since I started on Twitter a couple of years ago and her story is an unusual one, so I hope you enjoy it!!


ABOUT DEBBI MACK
Debbi Mack is the New York Times ebook bestselling author of the Sam McRae mystery series. Shes also published Five Uneasy Pieces, a short story collection that includes her Derringer Awardnominated story The Right to Remain Silent. Her short stories have appeared in various other anthologies and publications. Her most recently published short story is Jasmine, appearing in Chesapeake Crimes: Homicidal Holidays.

Debbi is also a screenwriter and aspiring indie filmmaker. Her first screenplay has placed highly in both the Scriptapalooza and the Austin Film Festival screenwriting contests.

A former attorney, Debbi has also worked as a journalist, librarian, and freelance writer/researcher. She enjoys walking, cats, travel, movies, music, and espresso.


So I’ll hand you over to Debbi….



I never planned to self-publish my work. My first novel, Identity Crisis (part of the Sam Mc Rae Mystery Series) was published by a small press that went out of business nine months after the novel came out. Identity Crisis is a hardboiled mystery involving identity theft, murder, and how past mistakes and lies can lead to trouble. In 2009, I decided it couldnt hurt to reissue the book myself, in print and ebook formats.

Much to my surprise, my ebook sales made significantly more than I expected. Frankly, I hadnt expected to make much money at all from writing fiction. However, when I saw how well I could do selling ebooks, I decided to stop freelancing and devote all my time and effort toward writing and marketing my novels.

It was in 2011, after publishing the second Sam McRae mystery, Least Wanted, that my first novel hit the New York Times ebook bestseller list. Further, both novels became Kindle bestsellers in the U.S. and the U.K. Least Wanted also took the series into a darker direction than the first book.

In 2012, the market became flooded with ebooks. My sales suffered as a result of that, as well as having been worn down by the continuing demands of writing and marketing. Nonetheless, I published a third novel, Riptide, in which Sam solved the mystery in a strange even hostile environment, and her relationship with her best friend is tested and deepens, as a result.

This year, I re-published Identity Crisis under my own imprint. Now, Im just months away from releasing the fourth novel in the series, Deep Six, another story that explores Sams personal relationships and delves into the subject of land use, politics, and corruption. Im also releasing Invisible Me, my first young adult novel, as well.



In anticipation of releasing the new Sam McRae mystery, Ive published a boxed set of the first three novels, Law Can Be Murder. Im also throwing a big Facebook party for the boxed sets release. The party is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 2, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. EST. Therell be trivia contests and prizes for the winners.




If you can would like to find out more information, you will find Debbi online here:  http://www.debbimack.com
Twitter: @debbimack and @debbimacktoo
 Law Can Be Murder is available on Amazon, B&N, Kobo, Apple iBooks, and Smashwords!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Thank you for a great year!!!

Before I shrink away into a dark writing cave for the next few months, here's a very short reminder of an amazing year....THANK YOU! 

Click on image to view.....


What a night!!!

My pic with the lovely Graham Norton and Sharon Plunkett of Plunkett PR at the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards....What an amazing night it was!!



Tuesday, November 25, 2014

IRISH ECHO NEW YORK - LAST KISS: Is it nature or nurture???

Yay and yay and yay, the IRISH ECHO NEW YORK, the oldest and widest selling Irish/American Newspaper in the US has given practically a full page spread to LAST KISS...over the moon!!!



Monday, November 24, 2014

A Massive THANK YOU!!

Ahead of the Bord Gais Energy IRISH BOOK AWARDS ceremony this Wednesday...I want to say a MASSIVE THANK YOU to everyone who voted...stories need readers and I really appreciate all your kind words and support!!!  





Sunday, November 23, 2014

THE IRISH ECHO New York!

So it's looking like THE IRISH ECHO in New York, (the oldest Irish American newspaper with circulation in over 50 states) will be doing a feature on Louise Phillips/LAST KISS very shortly..so watch this space - will keep you posted!


A Beautiful Death!

I got back to my novel writing today - Yippee!!! And for any of you curious people out there, the current working title is A BEAUTIFUL DEATH...

Here are a few lines about it..

"A BEAUTIFUL DEATH once again features criminal psychologist Dr Kate Pearson, who faces the biggest investigation of her career -  a story of ordinary people drawn into an extraordinary cult with fatal consequences and a fallout no one sees coming."


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Did Nidge break the mould of the good/bad guy in LOVE/HATE?

So here's me with Nidge getting up close and personal in today's IRISH MAIL ON SUNDAY..."I know detectives who won't watch Love/Hate because it's simply too close to the day job, and others who say it's brilliant because it's as near to what's happening on the streets as you can get.."





Saturday, November 15, 2014

Louise Phillips & LOVE HATE - Irish Mail on Sunday

I'll be talking all things LOVE HATE in this Sundays' IRISH MAIL ON SUNDAY - 
So pick up a copy if you can! 



Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards 2014!!





Over the moon to be shortlisted in the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards for LAST KISS!!!

If you get a chance, you can vote below...

http://www.irishbookawards.ie/2014-shortlists-voting/



And here is a nice pic with Alastair Giles (Executive Director of the Irish Book Awards) & Sinead Crowley - by Ger Holland Photography!!






Friday, November 14, 2014

Crime Fiction Writing at the Irish Writers' Centre





And so another 8 weeks of crime fiction writing and work-shopping has come to an end, and what a terrific group!

We had lots of fun, but we also worked hard, and I'm delighted to say that the combined word count for the 8 weeks came to 378,000 - or the size of 4 novels!!

I wish all of them a fantastic writing journey!

For anyone interested in crime fiction writing, it will all start again in February!




Tuesday, November 11, 2014

FLASH 500 - Winners!!!


I was delighted to be a judge for the Flash 500 competition - and after hundreds of entries, the winners can now be revealed!! 

Congrats to each one of them and to everyone who made the short list and long list.

First: Bit by Bit by Pauline Brown
Second: Tie Die by Steve Startup
Third: Nothing to Do But His Laces by Russell Reader
Click on the titles to read the three winning stories

Highly Commended: On the Tissue Paper Wings of Angels by Rachael Smart

Read Judge’s Report for the third quarter’s competition 2014 from  Louise Phillips HERE

Ireland boasts a fascinating crime writing scene says Declan Burke - Sunday Independent

READ FEATURE HERE


Monday, November 10, 2014

TV 3 Ireland AM!!

Woohoo....I'll be on TV3 IRELAND AM this Wednesday the 12th November, talking Irish Book Awards and LAST KISS...so tune in a little after 9 o clock in the morning...takes deep breaths to practice being calm!! - TIME CHANGE TO 8.45!!



Saturday, November 8, 2014

FOUR of our favourite novelists experiment with a new genre - IRISH INDEPENDENT

I never thought I would be sharing the pages with the wonderful John Boyne, Joseph O'Connor and Sinead Moriarty - Irish Independent WEEKEND MAGAZINE....

A NEW CHAPTER! Click HERE to read full feature

4 of our favourite novelists experiment with a new writing genre......






Friday, November 7, 2014

Flash Fiction 500 - the short list!

Today I'll be working through the short-list of the Flash Fiction 500 Competition. It won't be an easy task to choose the winners from this array of fictional stories but I will certainly enjoy re-reading them all again. See you on the other side!





Short Listed Entries — in alphabetical order

A Man of Means by No Means
A Place More Silent
After Life
Bats
Beekeeping for Beginners
Bit by Bit
Cyan Summer
Dressing Up
Egg on my face
Five Minutes
Hide and Seek
How to Clean Out a Cupboard…
Just One
King of the Castle
Nothing to Do But His Laces
On the Tissue Paper Wings of Angels
Record Breaker
The Alphabet Game
The Cleaner
The Glass Ballerina
Tie Die
Tomorrow, Maybe
Want a Thrill, Enjoy a Spill?
Weight Matters
Which Came First, the Name or the Legend?

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Feeling emotional!!

Feeling all emotional today seeing the cover of one of my ex-students new novel...isn't it beautiful?? Launch the 25th November in Rome!



Halfway to crazy!





It was such a lovely evening last night at Tallaght Library, and many thanks to Emma Perry of the library staff for organising it.

I always enjoy chatting about my novels and the writing process, but an unexpected question from one member of the book club got me really emotional and tissues were required. I won't go into the details but the group were so lovely and supportive, along with plenty of cups of tea and treats.

Sometimes, I have to pinch myself, and especially on evenings like last night when so many people tell me how much they enjoyed a story and adopt the characters as real people the way I do when I'm writing them. Yes, I know, halfway to crazy, but that's how I look on it - if your characters don't feel real to you, they won't feel real to anyone else either!!


Sunday, November 2, 2014

Flash Fiction 500!

I have been blown away by the standard of entries for the Flash Fiction 500 Competition!  We are now down to 25 stories at this point which I will be rereading and rereading over the coming week. Thanks to everyone who submitted work!




Saturday, November 1, 2014

Books, Readers and great day in Belfast!


Lovely ladies from Ormeau



I was up with the larks this morning to catch the early morning train from Dublin to Belfast for Readers Day.

I love trains - you get to see the landscape whizzing by in a nice comfortable seat where the only thing you have to do is enjoy it all, or when the mood takes you, work on your laptop. I did both and I was well chilled by the time I got to Belfast.

Thanks to Margaret and Barbara and all the library staff from the region, who brought so many book clubs together for an afternoon of LAST KISS surrounded by books and readers.

I've never been in the company of nearly 100 people who had all read my book in the last few weeks. I felt I had arrived home to lots of new friends.

It's been a long day but one I will remember with fondness!





Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Readers Day Belfast!

Really looking forward to Readers Day in Belfast this Saturday!! 

Library book clubs will be discussing LAST KISS with Q & A afterwards..better be on my toes!


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Artyfacts - Kildare FM

Podcast of my interview with the fab Brenda Drumm from Artyfacts on KFM

Listen in by clicking on the image below!!


Monday, October 27, 2014

Thank You!!

Firstly, thank you all for your wonderful birthday wishes - I've had an amazing weekend, and I appreciate my good fortune in having such great friends and family to share these milestones with!! Plus thanks to the person who posted another 5 stars for LAST KISS on Goodreads.....and all the other amazing reviews so far....they make going into hibernation shortly to write novel 4 a lot easier!!!   


Friday, October 24, 2014

In great company at Number 16 in Kobo Books!!







Interpol and so much more - Crime Fiction Writing at the Irish Writers Centre!



We talked control of firearms, geoforensics, Interpol, cross country co-operation, DPP, blood spatters, DNA, crime scene management, CCTV, cellphone site analysis, interview procedures, criminal gangs and a whole host of other topics as part of our current programme of CRIME FICTION WRITING at the Irish Writers Centre!

Thanks to everyone involved, including the detective who visited the writing group last night - some fantastic novels will come out of this group of sessions.

By the way, it will start all over again on the 5th February when another 10 week Crime Writing course will take place - the last course was booked up early, so contact the Irish Writers Centre at the details below, if you're interested!

Irish Writers' Centre, 19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1. Tel: +353 1 8721302 
Email: info@writerscentre.ie

Monday, October 20, 2014

In Conversation with Niamh O'Connor - Kildare Readers Festival!

It was a great afternoon on Saturday talking with fellow crime writer Niamh O'Connor about true and fictional crime, why women kill, and the challenges in the publishing industry today. Plus, it's always wonderful to get feedback from readers. Thanks to everyone involved with the Kildare Readers Festival‬ 2014, and to all those who attended - Queens of Crime Irish Style!




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