Thursday, June 22, 2017

Star Line up for Dublin Writers Conference!!

There is lots happening over the next few days at the Dublin Writers Conference.....I'm delighted to be taking part on Saturday discussing the 'Writing Craft - Creative Elements', but there is certainly a star-studded line for the various events. Check it out by clicking the link below


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Dead Good Readers Awards 2017!!

The Dead Good Reader Awards 2017 Shortlist…..


A can't miss'event for any Writer!!

This Saturday in conjunction with the Irish Writers Centre, and Listowel Writers Week, there is a full day on 'The Connected Writer'. It is geared towards those looking to be published, or already established, and it's a can't miss event for any writer. For my part in the afternoon I'll be covering promoting your work in a competitive marketplace. At €7 for the full day, it's one not to miss!! Here is my bit and I'll put the booking link below....
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.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Full US Cover Jacket Revealed!!!!

This beauty made me smile....

Final US Cover of THE DOLL'S HOUSE!!

Publication Date USA - 8th August 2017!!!!

Polis Books

Monday, June 5, 2017

The Connected Writer!

I'm so looking forward to this great event in Listowel in a couple of week!

I'll be chatting about- 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....
#hope #to #see #you #there

Visit link here: https://irishwriterscentre.ie/collections/professional-development/products/mindshift-the-connected-writer-at-listowel

Thursday, June 1, 2017


A great event for crime fiction fans will take place shortly in Belfast, and I’m hugely looking forward to it.
Declan Burke, award winning author,  journalist, reviewer and editor, will be hosting this event as part of Belfast Book Festival on June 10th.
BBF17: TROUBLE IS OUR BUSINESS – NEW STORIES BY IRISH CRIME WRITERS – Declan Burke in conversation with three of the finest Irish crime writers out there, and who – no coincidence – contributed to TROUBLE IS OUR BUSINESS (New Island Books)
Saturday 10 June at 2pm
£6 | £4
at the Crescent Arts Centre
Irish crime writers have long been established on the international stage as bestsellers and award winners. Now, for the first time ever, the best in contemporary Irish crime novelists have been brought together in one volume. Author, editor and journalist Declan Burke will be leading the conversation on Irish crime writing with Louise Phillips, Julie Parsons and Stuart Neville.
Declan Burke is a writer, editor, journalist and critic. He has published six crime novels. He edited Trouble Is Our Business: New Stories by Irish Crime Writers in 2016.
Louise Phillips is an author of four bestselling psychological crime thrillers, each shortlisted for Best Irish Crime Novel of the Year. Her second novel, The Doll’s House, won the award. She is currently working on her latest novel, Dark Day In May.
Julie Parsons was born in New Zealand but has lived most of her adult life in Ireland. She was a radio and television producer with RTÉ for many years until the publication of her first novel, Mary, Mary in 1998. Her subsequent novels, including The Hourglass (2005) and I Saw You (2008) were all published internationally and translated into many languages.
Stuart Neville’s crime fiction has won numerous awards, including the LA Times Book Prize. Stuart also writes under the pen name Haylen Beck, whose debut novel, Here and Gone is due to be published this summer and is in development for the screen.
To book tickets, click HERE

Monday, May 29, 2017

THE DOLL'S HOUSE is picked for Audible's Big Summer Picks Preview!!!

So it looks like Audible.com are so happy with the sales of RED RIBBONS, they've picked THE DOLL'S HOUSE for their select Summer Books Preview.....

"Congratulations! Your upcoming release, THE DOLL'S HOUSE, was selected to be part of the Audible’s Summer Books Preview.”

Nice....and here is the link required LINK

Friday, May 12, 2017

Cavan Arts/Irish Writers Centre, Workshops & Information Day!

Outside Dail Eireann with IWC, Cavan Arts, and Minister Heather Humpreys to promote workshops starting in Cavan next Wednesday

At 5 ft 6", I wouldn't have considered myself short, but the world is getting taller......

Great list of activities in Cavan.....Hope to see some of you there! 


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Crimefest Award Shortlist 2017!


Congrats to Ken Bruen for his shortlisting with Jason Starr!!!
Audible Sounds Of Crime
The Audible Sounds of Crime Award is for the best unabridged crime audiobook first published in the UK in 2016 in both printed and audio formats, and available for download from audible.co.uk, Britain’s largest provider of downloadable audiobooks. Courtesy of sponsor Audible UK, the winning author and audiobook reader(s) share the £1,000 prize equally and each receives a Bristol Blue Glass commemorative award.
The nominees are:
– Rachel Abbott for Kill Me Again, read by Lisa Coleman (Audible / Bolinda)
– Ben Aaronovitch for The Hanging Tree, read by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith (Orion Publishing Group)
– Fiona Barton for The Widow, read by Clare Corbett (Audible / Bolinda)
– Lee Child for Night School, read by Jeff Harding (Transworld Digital / Soundings)
– Anthony Horowitz for Magpie Murders, read by Allan Corduner & Samantha Bond (Orion Publishing Group)
– Clare Mackintosh for I See You, read by Rachel Atkins (Hachette Audio / Isis)
– Peter May for Coffin Road, read by Peter Forbes (Riverrun / Jammer)
– Holly Seddon for Try Not to Breathe, read by Jot Davies, Lucy Middleweek & Katy Sobey (Bolinda)
Eligible titles were submitted by publishers, and Audible UK listeners established the shortlist and the winning title.
eDunnit Award
The eDunnit Award is for the best crime fiction ebook first published in both hardcopy and in electronic format in the British Isles in 2016. The winning author receives a Bristol Blue Glass commemorative award.
The nominees are:
– Linwood Barclay for The Twenty-Three (Orion Publishing Group)
– Steph Broadribb for Deep Down Dead (Orenda Books)
– Michael Connelly for The Wrong Side of Goodbye (Orion Publishing Group)
– Ragnar Jonasson for Blackout (Orenda Books)
– Laura Lippman for Wilde Lake (Faber & Faber)
– Ian Rankin for Rather Be the Devil (Orion Publishing Group)
– Andrew Taylor for The Ashes of London (HarperFiction)
– L.C. Tyler for Cat Among the Herrings (Allison & Busby)
Eligible titles were submitted by publishers, and a team of British crime fiction reviewers voted to establish the shortlist and the winning title.
H.R.F. Keating Award
The H.R.F. Keating Award is for the best biographical or critical book related to crime fiction first published in the British Isles in 2016. H.R.F. ‘Harry’ Keating was one of Britain’s most esteemed crime novelists, and a renowned reviewer and writer of books about crime fiction. The winning author receives a commemorative Bristol Blue Glass award.
The nominees are:
– Mark Aldridge for Agatha Christie on Screen (Palgrave Macmillan)
– J.C. Berthnal for Queering Agatha Christie (Palgrave Macmillan)
– Barry Forshaw for Brit Noir (No Exit Press)
– Rachel Franks & Alistair Rolls for Crime Uncovered: Private Investigator (Intellect)
– Katharina Hall for Crime Fiction in German: Der Krimi (University of Wales Press)
– Megan Hoffman for Gender and Representation in British ‘Golden Age’ Crime Fiction (Palgrave Macmillan)
– Elizabeth Mannion for The Contemporary Irish Detective Novel (Palgrave Macmillan.
Eligible titles were submitted by publishers, and a team of British crime fiction reviewers voted to establish the shortlist and the winning title.
Last Laugh Award
The Last Laugh Award is for the best humorous crime novel first published in the British Isles in 2016. The winner receives a Bristol Blue Glass commemorative award.
The nominees are:
– Ken Bruen & Jason Starr for PIMP (Hardcase Crime)
– John Dufresne for I Don’t Like Where This Is Going (Serpent’s Tail)
– Judith Flanders for A Cast of Vultures (Allison & Busby)
– Mick Herron for Real Tigers (John Murray)
– Carl Hiaasen for Razor Girl (Little, Brown Book Group)
– Vaseem Khan for The Perplexing Theft of the Jewel in the Crown (Hodder & Stoughton)
– L.C. Tyler for Cat Among the Herrings (Allison & Busby)
– Chris Whitaker for Tall Oaks (Twenty7)
Eligible titles were submitted by publishers, and a team of British crime fiction reviewers voted to establish the shortlist and the winning title.
Best Crime Novel For Children (Aged 8–12)
CRIMEFEST is pleased to introduce a new award recognising the outstanding contribution that crime novels for children make to the genre, as well as celebrating the burgeoning interest of children in fiction as a whole. The winning author receives a commemorative Bristol Blue Glass award.
The nominees are:
– Lyn Gardner for Rose Campion and The Stolen Secret (Nosy Crow)
– Fleur Hitchcock for Murder In Midwinter (Nosy Crow)
– Gareth P. Jones for The Thornthwaite Betrayal (Piccadilly Press)
– Tom McLaughlin for The Accidental Secret Agent (Oxford University Press)
– Robin Stevens for Murder Most Unladylike: Jolly Foul Play (Puffin)
– Robin Stevens for Murder Most Unladylike: Mistletoe and Murder (Puffin)
– Harriet Whitehorn for Violet and the Smugglers (Simon & Schuster)
– Katherine Woodfine for The Mystery of the Jewelled Moth (Egmont)
Eligible titles were submitted by publishers, and a team of British reviewers of children’s fiction voted to establish the shortlist and the winning title.
Best Crime Novel For Young Adults (12 – 16)
CRIMEFEST is pleased to introduce a new award recognising the outstanding contribution that crime novels for young adults make to the genre, as
well as celebrating the burgeoning interest of young adults in fiction as a whole. The winning author receives a commemorative Bristol Blue Glass award.
The nominees are:
– Leigh Bardugo for Crooked Kingdom (Hachette Children’s Group)
– Kerry Drewery for Cell 7 (Hot Key Books)
– John Grisham for Theodore Boone: The Scandal (Hodder & Stoughton)
– Erin Lange for Rebel, Bully, Geek, Pariah (Faber & Faber)
– Patrice Lawrence for Orangeboy (Hachette Children’s Group)
– Simon Mason for Kid Got Shot (David Fickling Books)
– Simon Mayo for Blame (Penguin)
– Eliza Wass for In The Dark, In The Woods (Hachette Children’s Group)
Eligible titles were submitted by publishers, and a team of British reviewers of young adult fiction voted to establish the shortlist and the winning title.
Also presented at CRIMEFEST will be:
– CRIMEFEST’s Flashbang Award
for best original short crime story in 150 words. The long and shortlisted entries can be viewed on the website.
– the Petrona Award
CRIMEFEST is honoured to host the presentation of the Petrona Award which was created in the memory of Maxine Clarke by her friends and colleagues. The award celebrates the best of translated Scandinavian crime fiction.
TICKETS to the three-course Gala Awards Dinner, with our Featured Guests, Toastmaster and awards presentations are still available.
As in previous years, tickets to Pitch an Agent and 1-on-1 Assessments have sold out, but a few places are still available for Crime Writing Day. The daylong event is made up out of the following sessions: How To Self Publish In eBook And Print, with Joanna Penn; Agents And Editors—Who Does What For Authors?, with representatives from the Darley Anderson and DHH Literary agencies, and editors from Bonnier and Quercus; and the writing workshop Constructing Character and Plot presented by the Professional Writing Academy, with Tom Bromley and Julia Crouch. Go to TICKETS to register for one of the few remaining spaces.
To celebrate the publication of Peter James’ latest Roy Grace novel, Need You Dead (18 May), we have five signed copies to give away. All you need to do to win a copy is email us with the name of the seaside location that Roy is most associated with. The deadline to do so is this coming Friday, 12 May.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Adrian Mc Kinty Wins Edgar Award!

The 2017 Edgar® Winners and Nominees

The Ex by Alafair Burke (HarperCollins Publishers – Harper)
Where It Hurts by Reed Farrel Coleman (Penguin Random House – G.P. Putnam's Sons)
Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye (Penguin Random House – G.P. Putnam's Sons)
What Remains of Me by Alison Gaylin (HarperCollins Publishers – William Morrow)
WINNER: Before the Fall by Noah Hawley (Hachette Book Group – Grand Central Publishing)

WINNER: Under the Harrow by Flynn Berry (Penguin Random House – Penguin Books)
Dodgers by Bill Beverly (Crown Publishing Group)
IQ by Joe Ide (Little, Brown & Company – Mulholland Books)
The Drifter by Nicholas Petrie (Penguin Random House – G.P. Putnam's Sons)
Dancing with the Tiger by Lili Wright (Penguin Random House –Marian Wood Book/Putnam)
The Lost Girls by Heather Young (HarperCollins Publishers – William Morrow)

Shot in Detroit by Patricia Abbott (Polis Books)
Come Twilight by Tyler Dilts (Amazon Publishing – Thomas & Mercer)
The 7th Canon by Robert Dugoni (Amazon Publishing – Thomas & Mercer)
WINNER: Rain Dogs by Adrian McKinty (Prometheus Books – Seventh Street Books)
A Brilliant Death by Robin Yocum (Prometheus Books – Seventh Street Books)
Heart of Stone by James W. Ziskin (Prometheus Books – Seventh Street Books)


Morgue: A Life in Death by Dr. Vincent DiMaio & Ron Franscell (St. Martin's Press)
The Lynching: The Epic Courtroom Battle that Brought Down the Klan 
by Laurence Leamer (HarperCollins Publishers – William Morrow)
Pretty Jane and the Viper of Kidbrooke Lane: A True Story of Victorian Law and Disorder: The Unsolved Murder That Shocked Victorian England by Paul Thomas Murphy (Pegasus Books)
While the City Slept: A Love Lost to Violence and a Young Man's Descent into Madness by Eli Sanders (Penguin Random House – Viking Books)
WINNER: The Wicked Boy: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer
by Kate Summerscale (Penguin Random House – Penguin Press)

Alfred Hitchcock: A Brief Life by Peter Ackroyd (Penguin Random House – Nan A. Talese)
Encyclopedia of Nordic Crime: Works and Authors of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden Since 1967 by Mitzi M. Brunsdale (McFarland & Company)
WINNER: Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life by Ruth Franklin (W.W. Norton – Liveright)
Something in the Blood: The Untold Story of Bram Stoker, the Man Who Wrote Draculaby David J. Skal (W.W. Norton – Liveright)

"Oxford Girl" – Mississippi Noirby Megan Abbott (Akashic Books)
"A Paler Shade of Death" – St. Louis Noir by Laura Benedict (Akashic Books)
WINNER: "Autumn at the Automat" – In Sunlight or in Shadow by Lawrence Block (Pegasus Books)
"The Music Room" – In Sunlight or in Shadow  by Stephen King (Pegasus Books)
"The Crawl Space" – Ellery Queen Mystery Magazineby Joyce Carol Oates (Dell Magazines)

Summerlost by Ally Condie (Penguin Young Readers Group – Dutton BFYR)
WINNER: OCDaniel by Wesley King (Simon & Schuster – Paula Wiseman Books)
The Bad Kid by Sarah Lariviere by  (Simon & Schuster – Simon & Schuster BFYR)
Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand  (Simon & Schuster – Simon & Schuster BFYR)
Framed! by James Ponti (Simon & Schuster – Aladdin)
Things Too Huge to Fix by Saying Sorry by Susan Vaught
(Simon & Schuster – Paula Wiseman Books)


Three Truths and a Lie by Brent Hartinger (Simon & Schuster – Simon Pulse)
The Girl I Used to Be by April Henry (Christy Ottaviano Books/Macmillan)
WINNER: Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse (Hachette Book Group – Little, Brown BFYR)
My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier (Soho Press – Soho Teen)
Thieving Weasels by Billy Taylor (Penguin Random House –
Penguin Young Readers – Dial Books)


The Other Sister by Dianne Dixon (Sourcebooks – Sourcebooks Landmark)
Quiet Neighbors by Catriona McPherson (Llewellyn Worldwide – Midnight Ink)
Say No More by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Tor/Forge Books – Forge Books)
Blue Moon by Wendy Corsi Staub (HarperCollins Publishers – William Morrow)
WINNER: The Shattered Tree by Charles Todd (HarperCollins Publishers – William Morrow)

Sunday, April 23, 2017


Another great line up this year for the 3rd Dublin Writers' Conference.....Plenty of events and workshops in June! Looking forward to taking part again this year, and hope to see a few of you there!!! For full details, visit http://thebookpromoter.com/conference/

Workshops & Opportunities for Emerging & Established Writers Cavan - Information Day May 17th

Cavan County Council Arts office are working with the Irish Writers Centre in 2017 to provide a series of workshops and opportunities for emerging and established writers in County Cavan.  

An information session will take place on 17 May at 6pm at Townhall, Cavan.   

This is also available to writers in neighbouring counties but attendance must be booked by registering with santinaburns@cavancoco.ie or telephone 049 4378549.

Taking part are Louise Phillips, Mia Gallagher, Pat Boran, Kate Cunningham & Valerie Bistany. 


Professional, crisp, crime fiction course delivers!

Just got this lovely testimonial from an ex-student....THANK YOU
"Louise Phillips knows what makes a good story - and has proved it by writing several bestselling crime novels. In this workshop, she imparts the literary knowledge and practical skills learned along the way.
Character development, plot progression and dialogue… each tutorial blends critical analysis, advice in shaping individual work, detailed feedback, guidelines and measurable strategies. The fact that this course is now a staple on the Irish Writers’ Centre calendar is testament to its success in helping participants focus and develop their craft.
There are many voices offering options for writers to improve their writing. This professional, crisp, crime fiction course delivers."

Tuesday, March 28, 2017


I will be at the glorious Tyrone Guthrie Artist Retreat in April to get lots of editing done and I can't wait! #editing #writing #greatescapes

If you fancy it, you can view some images of the amazing artist retreat here: https://www.pinterest.com/lo…/tyrone-guthrie-artist-retreat/

Saturday, March 25, 2017



For a limited period, you can grab The Doll's House on kindle for 99p!! Or all 4 Books in the series for total of £8.90....Now that's a bargain!! If you fancy it, clickedly click HERE

Monday, March 13, 2017

Cover Reveal - US Publication Coming August 2017!!

I know I'm not supposed to be on social media as I'm in hibernation, writing, but I couldn't resist sharing this!!!!

WOOHOO, it's the utterly AMAZING cover for the US Edition of THE DOLL'S HOUSE!!! 

Coming August 2017!!

I LOVE IT - I hope you do too!!! :-) 

Thanks to all at Polis Books, especially Jason Pinter and an amazing designer!!!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Monday, February 27, 2017

Lipstick on Mirror Rules!!

It's probably more to tell myself than anyone else, but Monday's official word count is done!!

Note to self - Never contradict a lipstick message on a mirror!!

#progress #wordcount #writing #amwriting

Sunday, February 26, 2017

We love the Kate Pearson novels - SAN DIEGO BOOK REVIEW!!

I'm so THRILLED with the San Diego Book Review's high praise for RED RIBBONS.

"Phillips is Ireland's finest mystery writer....her greatest talent, developed through what must have been thousands of hours of dedicated craft, is her ability to write in different voices with each as individual and believable as the others..She has had a remarkably successful career right from the get-go, and every hallmark that exists in her novels is present in Red Ribbons..We love the Kate Pearson novels as will you...." 

READ FULL REVIEW of RED RIBBONS from SAN DIEGO BOOK REVIEW here http://sandiegobookreview.com/red-ribbons/
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