Friday, September 30, 2016

Louise Phillips and Emily Hourican - The Irish Times....

How and why do we write..... Q & A between myself and Emily Hourican with The Irish Times...

Dalkey Creates is returning for its third year and will take place from Thursday to Sunday, October 13th to 16th, in Dalkey, Co Dublin. The festival will feature a range of writing workshops and events involving several high-profile authors and writers. Taking part as course facilitators are Louise Phillips, author of The Game Changer, and Emily Hourican, whose latest book is The Privilieged. They spoke to each other about different writing techniques and advice ahead of the festival.
Emily: Why do you write, Louise?
Louise: I write because I love it. Words coming together, bringing fictional characters to life, even the dubious ones. And how over time you come to care about your characters more and more, because they have become real to you. It’s a great experience creating a fictional world, to be there in the middle of it, in much the same way as reading a good book. You don’t want to be anywhere other than within those pages.
Read Full Article HERE

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Join the Last Kiss Thread!!!

If you want to join the discussion thread on Last Kiss, the Psychological Thriller Book of the Month, you can do so here by joining the group - https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/84067-psychological-thrillers - Note: you must be a member of Goodreads!! -** For ZOE SHARP fans....she might be dropping in!! -
Intro from Jim Crocker
The discussion thread for our October Book of the Month feature read opens for comments October 1, 2016. Read the book now and be ready to join in the fun. We will have contests with nifty prizes along with our usual lively discussions. The thread will remain open for ONE YEAR! But why wait? Louise Phillips will be on hand to answer questions and reveal the mysterious secrets associated with this stunning novel--a real psychological thriller!

American Airline Tickets and I'm on my way......

I got my American Airlines tickets today, and I'm really looking forward to this wonderful festival in PHOENIX, ARIZONA this October!!
I'm also looking forward to meeting the fantastic Adrienne Leavy, Gregory Castle, Brian Caraher, Michael Stanford and Gibbons Ruark.
The festival agenda includes: author readings and insights into their work plus opportunities to meet the authors and book signings. The day will be filled with literary enjoyment as well as music and a vendor fair. If you love books and all things Irish, plan to attend this unique event!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Book of the Month - Psychological Thriller Group!

Huge thanks to the Psychological Thriller Group on Goodreads for choosing LAST KISS as their BOOK of the MONTH for October!!

See link here for details: http://botm.blackdogebooks.com/2016/09/19/last-kiss-louise-phillips/

Or join group on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/84067-psychological-thrillers

Dreams Do Come True....pinches self!

Sometimes in life you have to pinch yourself to make sure you're not dreaming. 

I spent the weekend working with the wonderful Jason Pinter of POLIS BOOKS on the final edits of the US version of RED RIBBONS!

I have a Library of Congress Control Number, yes, you guessed it...it's the 1st Edition Trade Paperback of Red Ribbons out in the USA this November...pinch, pinch, oh really, yes, it is!!


Sunday, September 25, 2016

The Irish are coming....at Los Gatos!!

Great piece in The Mercury News about Los Gatos-Listowel Festival in San Francisco - THE IRISH ARE COMING!!...

With more than 15 Irish writers and poets involved, I feel really privileged to be part of the lineup this October!


Read Article HERE

Trouble is our Business at the Red Line!!

An evening of discussion on Irish Crime Writing with author, editor and journalist, Declan Burke, who will lead the conversation on the crime-writing process, the development of gripping plots and characters, and explore the evolution of Irish crime writing.
Date:  Wednesday, 12 October 2016
The Civic Theatre, Loose End
Admission:  €8/€6 concession
Perfect for crime fiction fans and aspiring authors.
Warning:  As there will be a discussion of crime novels etc. and their content, the panel may be unsuitable for a young audience.
Presented by Red Line Book Festival/New Island Books
Duration: 60 mins approx

Friday, September 23, 2016

Trouble in the Gutter

I was delighted to sign copies of the fabulous TROUBLE IS OUR BUSINESS Irish Crime Anthology in The Gutter Bookshop today!

The fabulous Bob Johnson will have 1st edition signed copies available to order online or by phone....I'll be having one of those!! So get your hands on them quick :-)

CAP Awards Shortlist 2016!

The CAP Awards 2016 shortlist is now available online HERE

I was thrilled to be a judge in the Short Story Anthology Category and I'm delighted to say that the three shortlisted authors and collections are: 

Kathryn Crowley - Sweaters and Small Stuff

Kevin Doyle - Do You Like Oranges?

Annmarie Miles           The Long & The Short of it

Be passionate about your writing!!

A great morning in the Ireland AM studio with Mark Cagney and Emily Hourican.

Lots of writing tips and chatting about the upcoming Dalkey Creates Festival.

To view clip of show click HERE

For more on Dalkey Creates Festival Event and workshops visit HERE

Thursday, September 22, 2016

WRITING TIPS via Ireland AM!!

I'm home at last from holidays with suitcases to empty & all that jazz, but up early tomorrow for Ireland AM interview on TV3!!

Talking WRITING TIPS with Emily Hourican and the amazing things happening as part of the DALKEY CREATES FESTIVAL in October!!

Ignore the tired eyes....but do tune in at 9.20!!

Saturday, September 17, 2016


The launch of the new Irish Crime Fiction Anthology 'TROUBLE IS OUR BUSINESS' from New Island Books, will be on Wednesday the 21st September at THE GUTTER BOOK SHOP at 6.pm.!!

Described as showcasing the absolute best in Irish Crime Writing, it's an anthology that many are looking forward to get their hands on. So why not join the authors and fab editor, Declan Burke, on the 21st, and pick up your copy with a glass of vino and author signatures!!

Selected and edited by award-winning crime writer Declan Burke, TROUBLE IS OUR BUSINESS showcases the absolute best in Irish crime writing today. From originators like Patrick McGinley and Ruth Dudley Edwards to global crime megastars like John Connolly and Eoin Colfer, there can be no doubt as to the serious quality of Irish crime writing in the twenty-first century. An absolute must-have for crime lovers! Featuring stories by: Patrick McGinley, Ruth Dudley EdwardsColin Bateman, Eoin McNamee, Ken Bruen, Paul Charles, Julie Parsons, John Connolly, Alan Glynn, Adrian McKinty, Arlene Hunt, Alex Barclay, Gene Kerrigan, Eoin Colfer, Declan Hughes, Cora Harrison, Brian McGillowayStuart Neville,Jane Casey, Niamh O'Connor, William RyanLouise PhillipsSinead Crowley, and Liz Nugent.
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