Monday, November 30, 2015

Taking Risks is a Crime....

So here's me talking about money and risks and other things in the Sunday Times....


Saturday, November 28, 2015

Irish Book Awards 2015!

Thanks to everyone who voted for THE GAME CHANGER in the Irish Book Awards. 

It was a terrific night last Wednesday, and the fabulous Jane Casey who has been nominated 5 times, is a very worthy winner of the category. 

And I got a photo with this fall gentleman! 

You can watch ‪#‎BGEIBA‬ highlights on RTÉ One Saturday night from 11.15p.m. 


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Make Readers Care About Characters....

Great overview of Dublin Book Festival in the Examiner,including my few words of wisdom on crime fiction writing....
'Speaking at the Irish Writers Centre, crime writer Louise Phillips urged her audience to “make readers care about characters by developing strong emotional bios thus creating intimate relationships,” adding “make villains human by giving an interesting backstory.' She also discussed using time factors to help build suspense, “short, sharp punchy sentences to create rhythm,” “bite-size chapters” and even “have characters do something to surprise readers.'


Spring Programme......

There are loads of terrific writing courses as part of the Irish Writers' Centre Spring Programme, but if Crime fiction is your thing....then visit here.... (Limited places)

Praise for Louise Phillips' Crime Fiction course:
'I really loved the course with Louise. She is a great teacher. We covered a huge amount in eight weeks.'
'Louise was an excellent facilitator, full of practical advice and tips. Her track record as a crime writer lent authority to her advice.'
'Can't praise Louise enough!' 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Irish Times - Cill Rialaig Residency 2015

A great piece by fellow crime writer Andrea Carter​ covering our residency in the remote artist retreat at Cill Rialaig on the Wild Atlantic Way. 

Thanks to the Irish Writers Centre​ for the residency, to the beautiful, stark and wilds of the Atlantic, but mostly thanks to fellow artists who became great friends during the residency, Lia Mills​, Catherine Dunne​ Anthony Glavin, Maria McManus, Sean Hardie, and last but not least, Andrea Carter.
The memories will stay with me too! 

You can read the piece HERE 

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Ordinary Decent Criminal Writers!

It seems you have to be quite tall to be an Irish Crime Writer these days smile emoticon..At 5 ft 6 inches, I'm the shortest....but I couldn't ask for a greater gang to be hanging out with.....‪#‎SundayIndependent‬

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Authors Christmas Reading - Irish Times Christmas Magazine...

"Louise Phillips has been hailed as 'equal to James Patterson, Sara Paretsky and Patricia Cornwell'. Her novel, The Game Changer, sees Dr Kate Pearson struggling with her own childhood traumas..."

Apart from the fact that the IT mixed up my pic with the fab Hazel Gaynor, this is a lovely piece from the authors who contributed to the short story relay..

.And as the pic is a bit blurred...my Christmas recommended reads are 4 of my favourites....

The Talented Mr Ripley, by Patricia Highsmith, Before I Go to Sleep, by S J Watson, In the Woods, by Tana French and Mystic River by Dennis Lehane....

"God rest ye merry gentlemen.." Short Story Relay - The Irish Times

It's getting to feel a lot like Christmas...and if I may say so - there's a terrific short story in today's Irish Times written by myself, Martina Devlin, E R Murray, Jax Miller,Hazel Gaynor and Claudia Carroll

It was great fun to be part of this short story relay, and I think all six of us kept a smooth narrative with lots of surprises. I'll leave the final judgment up to you! 

If you can't guess the order of the author, I'll give you a clue....the names are upside down at the end....

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Ireland AM - Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards....

In case you missed it and fancy watching.... here's the Ireland AM interview about The Game Changer and the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards

Click HERE to view...

And thanks everyone for your good wishes...


Thursday, November 12, 2015

Ireland AM - TV3

Yay, I'll be on Ireland AM​ a little after 9 a.m. on Tuesday to chat about all things....THE GAME CHANGER....:-)

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Signing on the dotted line....

Signing on the dotted line today.....I am so looking forward to working with Polis Books ...Roll on 2016 & 2017 and Red Ribbons & The Doll's House publication in the US!! 

Monday, November 9, 2015

It's that time of year!!!

It's that time of year again...Eason's Christmas Catalogue...Irish crime fiction selection with Joanne Spain and Jax Miller and The Game Changer is there too....with so many others....

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards 2015!!

THE GAME CHANGER has been shortlisted in the Ireland AM Crime Novel of the Year category in the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards 2015.

I am absolutely thrilled, and it is really terrific that all four novels have been nominated since the publication of Red Ribbons in 2012. 

If you'd like to give The Game Changer, or any of the other books a vote, you can do so at this link here.... http://www.irishbookawards.ie/vote2015 

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