Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Making Stuff Up Can Be Very Pleasurable .....

Tonight, will be the last session of my current workshop at the Irish Writers Centre. It is always tinged with a little sadness that a course is coming to an end, primarily because I enjoy them so very much.

I will miss the passion and energy of being in a room every week with other writers, eager to pursue their desire to write.

I will miss not only the students, but also the characters they have created, some arriving quite shyly at first, others jumping off the page, but each there all the same.

I will miss talking about writing and what drives us to write stories and also, discussing aspects of writing that can and will bring your story to life.

I will miss putting our fictional beings through hot seat exercises, experimenting with dialogue, and reading weekly submissions, but most importantly, I will miss spending two hours every week with people who want to create stories, who like me, get extremely excited about this notion, because making stuff up can be very pleasurable indeed.

I’ve gotten some lovely messages over time as a workshop facilitator, and some over the last few days, each in their own way about how I’ve encouraged folk to be passionate about writing and themselves as writers, and if that is case, then that is a very good thing indeed.


"An undoubted master of the psychological thriller.."

I will never be able to repay the wonderful writers who read THE HIDING GAME in advance of publication, all of whom I admire greatly.

I look forward to seeing your wonderful words on the final cover, words which have made the writing of this story all the more worthwhile.

Thanks today to Author Cormac O'Keeffe....

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Getting To Grips with Dialogue...

It was a great morning at the Dublin Writers Conference yesterday, when I got the opportunity to talk all things dialogue to those attending the session on 'Getting to Grips with Dialogue'.

Here are two of the slides which you may find useful.....

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Sprinkled with Fairy Dust!!

What a lovely sight... 

Beautiful early copies for booksellers...

All signed and sprinkled with fairy dust!!...


Monday, June 17, 2019


Well, I finished the final proof read of THE HIDING GAME today.....it was a bit of a marathon run since Saturday morning, but fulfilling all the same.

It got a bit emotional towards the end, as this one has pulled at my heart strings quite a lot over the last while.

Anyhow, here is a little bit about the story. Now I can finally type the words THE END!

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Drum Roll...Cover Reveal!!!


Or something like that....

SO EXCITED to REVEAL the cover of THE HIDING GAME...Publication Date September 5th....

Now off to light candles, bite fingernails, or generally panic that you like it!!...


"A young girl on trial, a twenty-five-year-old murder, and a small town willing to do anything to keep its secrets safe..."

“Phillips is back with a most intriguing and compelling story of grief, loss, memory and the quest for the truth. With rich characterisation and a lively setting, this story will enthral you to the end.”

“The Hiding Game is filled with characters who will grab you by the throat from beginning to end. Absolutely gripping storyline, expertly crafted, an addictive page turner. I loved it.”

“The Hiding Game has everything you would expect from a Phillips novel – a pacy crime procedural full of twists and turns, with poignant insights into the emotional bond between mother and child. A cracking good read.” 

“A riveting, ripped-from-the-headlines legal thriller set in A Small Town in the USA with dark secrets and murky lies…which Phillips has pulled it off not only with authenticity, but aplomb.

“Phillips is at the top of her game. The Hiding Game is riveting, thought provoking and compulsive. A five-star read.”

“A gripping courtroom drama with a courageous new heroine in Heather Baxter. Pacy, tightly plotted and full of suspense. The Hiding Game was worth the wait!”

“Phillips sends us down into a rabbit hole of buried trauma, disjointed memories, fractured relationships and ruptured lives in the search for justice and redemption. An undoubted master of the psychological thriller.”

“Phillips makes a very successful trip Stateside with ‘The Hiding Game’. The oppressive nature of life in a small town adds tension as Phillips draws together the strands of this tightly plotted family thriller.”

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Karin Slaughter in conversation with Sinead Crowley!

Look who is coming next for Midsummer Murder One! 

The incredible Karin Slaughter will be in Dublin on 13th June.

If you're interested in the event, you can book now at www.murderone.ie to hear her chat with Sinead Crowley about how her latest book, THE LAST WIDOW, came together! 

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