Writing.ie is an online magazine site for writers and readers of all ages – if you are an author and feel you could contribute to our Resources pages, or would like to discuss your genre in our Magazine section do please get in touch! If you have a book review you can upload it directly to the site for approval, or if you are an author and feel there is any other part of the site you can contribute to, drop us an email. If you have a literary event, reading or book launch coming up, tell our visitors about it – we have thousands every week – it’s free to add events and a backlink from writing.ie will help your site visability. Contact us by email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Writing.ie is about all about reading, writing and you – we welcome your suggestions. At the moment we have a strong fiction offering but we are particularly keen to hear from poets, song writers, screen & script writers, and writers who write in the Irish Language who can contribute to the site.
Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin
Writing.ie has been developed and is run by Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin who is also the founder of The Inkwell Group publishing consultancy. She is Ireland’s leading literary scout who has assisted many award winning and best selling authors to publication. Vanessa conceived and developed the National Emerging Writer Programme for Dublin City of Literature, and was the lead consultant and presenter for WritersWebTV bringing free, live, online workshops to writers worldwide. Vanessa is a board member of the Society of Authors.
Vanessa has been writing fiction since her husband set sail across the Atlantic for eight weeks and she had an idea for a book. She writes crime as bestselling author Sam Blake and is represented by Simon Trewin (simontrewin.co.uk). The first of her Cat Connolly thriller trilogy LITTLE BONES was published in May 2016 and hit the bestseller list, spending 8 weeks in the Top 10 with 4 weeks at No. 1. IN DEEP WATER, book 2 of the trilogy came out in April 2017 and book 3 NO TURNING BACK hit the bestseller list in May 2018. The trilogy is also available in audio.
Sam’s latest book is a very exciting standalone bestseller KEEP YOUR EYES ON ME, (Corvus Books) it’s been described as Strangers on a Train meets Dial M For Murder, and it’s all about revenge! THE DARK ROOM is her latest best seller, set in West Cork, Hare’s Landing is a house full of secrets where the past never dies.
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Adrian is Writing.ie’s online editor and content master. He is also an expert Editorial Consultant for The Inkwell Group. providing detailed readers reports as well as consultancy for independent publishers. Adrian worked for Eason’s for many years, rising to become Head of Buying and Marketing for Books. From 2007 to 2016, he worked for Dubray Books as Head of Business Development. Adrian’s first novel, An Accident Waiting to Happen, was published in print by Penguin Books in 2004, described by The Bookseller as ‘Extraordinarily engaging and sensitive, wringing one’s emotions.’ In 2006, Penguin also published his second novel, Where the Rain Gets In. His third novel, Dancing to the End of Love was published by Black & White Publishing of Edinburgh in 2016. In 2011, the rights to his first two novels reverted to Adrian and he published them digitally through Smashwords and Kindle Direct Publishing, with An Accident Waiting to Happen charting in the Top 10 of Literary Fiction on Amazon UK. He also published an early version of Dancing to the End of Love through KDP with the sole intention of attracting a mainstream publisher. To coincide with the publication of Dancing to the End of Love, Adrian reprinted copies of his first two books through Kazoo Independent Publishing Services. He has attended writers’ residencies in California, Spain and Ireland and in 2009 was the Winner of a Metro Eireann Writing Award in a competition judged by Roddy Doyle.
Kate Dempsey runs writing.ie’s Poetic License blog and is our poetry guru. She is a writer and a blogger living in Maynooth. She writes fiction and non-fiction as well as poetry and is widely published in Ireland and abroad, in magazines, anthologies and on the radio. She fits this around her family and a full time job, writing on the sofa, on the train and in that little coffeeshop on the corner. Poetry can be a solitary activity and she appreciates the support she received from the online community, particularly when starting out. She is excited about continuing the dialogue with her blog here.
Derek Flynn runs Writing.ie’s SongBook blog, and is an Irish writer and musician. He has a Masters in Creative Writing from Trinity College, Dublin. He’s been published in a number of publications, including The Irish Times, and his fiction was featured in Surge, an anthology of new Irish writing published by O’ Brien Press with the aim of showcasing “the very best of the next generation of Irish authors”. Online he can be found at his writing/music blog – ‘Rant, with Occasional Music’. You can follow Derek online, on Twitter and on Facebook.
Born in Dublin, Louise Phillips is the crime writing mastermind behind writing.ie’s Crime Scene blog. She began writing in 2006 when her youngest son turned thirteen. Since then, Louise has won the Jonathan Swift Award with her story Last Kiss. She was a winner in the Irish Writers’ Centre Lonely Voice Platform, short-listed for the Molly Keane Memorial Award, Bridport UK, and long-listed twice for RTE Guide/Penguin short story competition. Louise has been published as part of many anthologies, including County Lines from New Island, and various literary journals. In May this year she was awarded an Arts Bursary for Literature from South Dublin Arts Council. Hachette Books Ireland bought Irish and UK Commonwealth rights for Louise’s debut psychological crime novel Red Ribbons, which was shortlisted in this year’s Irish Book Awards for Best Crime Novel of the Year 2012. Louise’s second novel The Doll’s House will be published in 2013. Red Ribbons centres on the abduction and murder of a 12-year-old school girl and the main character Kate Pearson, a criminal psychologist who is drafted in by the police to help them find the killer. Ciara Doorley of Hachette likened Phillips to Sophie Hannah and Tana French, and said: “Louise is a supremely talented writer. She subconsciously creates parallels between her characters, and this really challenges the reader. Her writing is tense, atmospheric and we’re really delighted to have launched this a new voice in Irish crime.”
Our Really Useful Links columist, Amanda J Evans is an award-winning writer of paranormal and fantasy novels as well as children’s stories. Growing up with heroes like Luke Skywalker and Indiana Jones, her stories centre on good versus evil. An early tragedy in her life has also made its way onto the page and Amanda brings the emotions of grief to life in her stories too. Amanda lives in Oldcastle, Co. Meath, Ireland with her husband and two children. Her first novel Finding Forever won Best Thriller in the 2017 Summer Indie Book Awards and her second novel Save Her Soul won Silver for Best Paranormal in the Virtual Fantasy Con Awards 2017. Amanda has a publishing deal with Handersen Publishing and her first children’s book, “Nightmare Realities” was released on the 25th of September 2017. Her latest story, Hear Me Cry, a fantasy romance telling of the old Irish myth of the Banshee won the Book of the Year Award at the Dublin Writers Conference 2018. Amanda is currently working on part 2 of The Curse Angels and a paranormal romance novel that she hopes to submit to agents and publishers in 2019. Amanda is also the author of Surviving Suicide: A Memoir from Those Death Left Behind, published in 2012.