Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Number 3 Hot New Releases - RED RIBBONS!!

Megga thanks to everyone for keeping RED RIBBONS Audiobook at Number 3 in Amazon Hot New Releases #policeprocedurals this week!! 


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Irish Crime Delights for the Final Quarter of 2016!!

THE CITY IN DARKNESS by Michael Russell - October 2016
HOLDING by Graham Norton - October 2016
A HUNT IN WINTER by Conor Brady - October  2016
PURSUIT by John McAllister - November 2016
TRESPASS by Anthony J Quinn - November 2016
THE GIRL BEHIND THE LENS by Tanya Farrelly -  December 2016

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Launch of Trouble is our Business - No Alibis in Belfast!!!

The Northern Ireland launch of TROUBLE IS OUR BUSINESS is happening this Friday evening, so if you’re in or around Belfast, why not call in. It's a terrific collection, a great bookshop and there will be crime fiction folk there, including myself, John Connolly and Declan Burke!!!


Fri 25th November 6.30pm,
No Alibis, 83, Botanic Avenue, Belfast

An evening of chat about Crime Fiction on the Emerald Isle with Declan Burke, John Connolly and Others......Thrilling, disturbing, shocking and moving, Trouble Is Our Business: New Stories by Irish Crime Writers is a compulsive anthology of original stories by Ireland’s best-known crime writers. Edited by Declan Burke.


Patrick McGinley, Ruth Dudley Edwards, Colin 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 McGilloway, Stuart Neville, Jane Casey, Niamh O’Connor, William Ryan Murphy, Louise Phillips, Sinéad Crowley, Liz Nugent.


‘This collection can be confidently recommended to anyone who reads any type of crime fiction. They will find something to tease and tantalise their inner detective.’ – The Irish Times

‘Trouble Is Our Business is one of the essential literary fiction compendiums in Irish publishing this year.’ – Sunday Independent

‘A crime anthology certain to keep you on the edge of your seat’ – The Sunday Times

Monday, November 21, 2016

Top Twenty Audio....RED RIBBONS

A massive thank you to everyone who has supported RED RIBBONS since publication date last week, especially those who have put the audio book in the Top 20 on Amazon #policeprocedurals....

Currently holding its own at number 14!!

Crime in the Emerald Isle - The Strand Magazine

When it comes to crime fiction, you don't get much more iconic than the Strand Magazine (CIRCA 1890)....so, I'm really honoured to have been asked to write a piece on Irish crime fiction, the writers who have influenced me, including William Trevor, and the launch of RED RIBBONS in the US with Polis Books.

CRIME IN THE EMERALD ISLE - https://www.strandmag.com/crime-fiction-in-the-emerald-isle/

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Publication Day!!!

As today is publication day in the USA, all shares over the next few days are eligible to win a signed copy of RED RIBBONS....

Huge thanks to Jason Pinter of Polis Books for his commitment and vision!

Connecting with the right audience!!

I'll be giving the following talk this Saturday the 19th November at the Crescent Arts Centre Belfast:
LOUISE PHILLIPS - The Modern Writer: a session on promoting your work – and yourself – in the competitive marketplace. Should you be active on social media? What does it mean to be 'a brand'? These, among many other relevant questions, will be tackled.

Full Details of the day's event below:
The Irish Writers Centre is delighted to present Mindshift: The Connected Writer in association with The Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast, kindly supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Words Ireland.
Looking to take part in more literary events and festivals? Or maybe you want to improve your skillset for readings, panel discussions and interviews. This professional development day for emerging and established writers will inform you on how to get the gig and how to connect with audiences. Hear from writers, events programmers and festival directors as they discuss knowing your USPs, connecting with relevant organisers, and the etiquette of ‘getting out there’. Preparation, your onstage presence and the dos and don’ts of literary performances will also be tackled.
Event and festival curators in conversations: Keith Acheson of the Crescent Arts Centre and Belfast Book Festival will be in conversation with Cathy Brown of the Seamus Heaney Homeplace and Bert Wright of the Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival to discuss how writers should approach literary festivals and events organisers.
Break for lunch
1.30 - 2.40
Louise Phillips - The Modern Writer: a session on promoting your work – and yourself – in the competitive marketplace. Should you be active on social media? What does it mean to be 'a brand'? These, among many other relevant questions, will be tackled.
Michelle Read - Performance Techniques: Performer, producer, playwright and dramatist Michelle Read will coach you through the do's and don'ts of prepping for stage appearances and offer tips on how to boost your confidence.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Publication Day Eve - First US Review of RED RIBBONS!!



Caroline Morahan narrating RED RIBBONS!!

For any of you folks fond of your Audio Books....

I'm so thrilled to confirm that the audio of RED RIBBONS is being narrated by the fabulous Irish actress Caroline Morahan!!

You can order HERE

Friday, November 11, 2016

Crime Fiction Night!

Lots of great things happening as part of Leaves Literary Festival, but looking forward to catching up with Thomas Enger, Andrea Carter, Niamh O Connor & Sean Rocks at the Crime Fiction Night....see image for details

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Character Development!


Tweetchat tomorrow nite 9th Nov 8pm GMT 3pm ET.


#polisbooks #redribbons #writing

Friday, November 4, 2016

Laois Leaves Literary Festival 2016!!

The Laois Leaves Festival is happening next weekend!! A great choice of events, and I'm looking forward to sharing a panel with fellow crime writers, Andrea Carter, Niamh O'Connor and Thomas Enger. The evening will be chaired by Seán Rocks, presenter of the Arena show on RTÉ Radio 1, with music by Rachel Clancy.

For more information.... http://www.laois-nationalist.ie/2016/11/03/laois-leaves-festival-promises-diverse-range-of-literary-delights/


For all of you on Twitter folks.....#WritersWise Chat 9th Nov (Wednesday) with @LouiseMPhillips!!! 8pm GMT 3pm ET. All welcome!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

From Los Gatos to Phoenix....

I had a wonderful time in the US over the month of October, from Los Gatos to Menlo Park and on to San Francisco, and then New York and across to Phoenix Arizona....

Here are a few of my favourite pics from the iconic book shop The Poisoned Pen....


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Spreading your Wings!!!

Thank you Irish Country Magazine, and in particular Maria Moynihan, for a super article on the Empty Nest. You can read my contribution in the latest issue out now!

"You kind of felt like the bus had come along, picked everyone up, and you were the two people left behind."


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