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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 visibility. Contact us by email to vanessa@writing.ie

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 the current Chair of the Society of Authors Board.

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 was a runaway bestseller, spending 8 weeks in the Top 10 with 4 weeks at number one.

Sam is now writing psychological thrillers for Atlantic Books, she has had a string of number one bestsellers and been shortlisted for Irish Crime Novel of Year three times. Across her crime and thrillers Sam has been an Irish Times No 1 for seven weeks, an Eason No 1 bestseller for twelve weeks, and her books have been listed in the Irish top ten for a total of thirty-five weeks. Her YA debut Something Terrible Happened Last Night came out with Gill Books in spring 2023. All her books are available in audio. Join Sam’s Readers Club at www.samblakebooks.com and get her thriller High Pressure (digital and audio exclusive) as a free digital download.

Contact Vanessa: vanessa@writing.ie

Adrian White

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.

Ben Simmons

Writer and musician, Ben Simmons was born in Belfast in 1988 and grew up in north-west Donegal. His poetry has appeared in Stand, Templar’s poetry magazine Iota, and included in several publications by Beautiful Dragons Collaborations. In 2016 Ben was also included in Poetry Ireland’s Introduction series. As a musician, he has played in venues across Ireland and the UK with artists such as St. Simeon and the Stylites and Emer Maguire.

derek-flynn-shadesDerek Flynn

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’. He is a founder of the Waxed Lemon literary journal. You can follow Derek online, on Twitter and on Facebook.

louise-phillipsLouise Phillips

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 then shortlisted in Irish Book Awards for Best Crime Novel of the Year 2012. She has written a string of bestsellers since then. 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.”

Lucy O'CallaghanOur Really Useful Links column is penned by Lucy O’Callaghan. Writing since she was a child, Lucy wrote her first story with her father called Arthur’s Arm, at the ripe old age of eight. She has been writing ever since. Inspired by her father’s love of the written word and her mother’s encouragement through a constant supply of wonderful stationary, she wrote short stories for her young children, which they subsequently illustrated.
A self-confessed people watcher, stories that happen to real people have always fascinated her and this motivated her move to writing contemporary women’s fiction. Her writing has been described as pacy, human, moving and very real.
Lucy has been part of a local writing group for over ten years and has taken creative writing classes with Paul McVeigh, Jamie O’Connell and Curtis Brown Creative. She truly found her tribe when she joined Writer’s Ink in May 2020. Experienced in beta reading and critiquing, she is currently editing and polishing her debut novel.
Follow her on Instagram: lucy.ocallaghan.31. Facebook and Twitter: @LucyCOCallaghan

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