A blog by Louise Phillips
LOUISE PHILLIPS is the author of four bestselling psychological crime thrillers. Her debut novel RED RIBBONS, and her subsequent novels, THE DOLL’S HOUSE, LAST KISS and THE GAME CHANGER, were each nominated for Best Irish Crime Novel of the Year. She won the award in 2013. Louise’s work has formed part of many literary anthologies, and she has won both the Jonathan Swift Award and the Irish Writers’ Centre Lonely Voice platform, along with being shortlisted for the Molly Keane Memorial Award, Bridport UK, and many others. In 2015, she was awarded a writing residency at Cill Rialaig Artist retreat and she was also a judge on the Irish panel for the EU Literary Award. In 2016, she was longlisted for the prestigious CWA Dagger in the Library Award, and her first two novels, RED RIBBONS and THE DOLL'S HOUSE, were published in the US. She has recently been awarded an Arts Bursary for Literature from the Arts Council of Ireland, and is currently working on her latest novel, which is set in the US. Louise Phillips is the crime writing mastermind behind writing.ie's Crime Scene blog.
Big Happy Smile Today!
Newsflash: Big Happy Smile on my face today to let you know that the utterly amazing, all round great guy, crime fiction lover and friend, COLM HAYES will be launching THE HIDING GAME at THE GUTTER BOOKSHOP on the 10th September 2019 at 6.30 p.m. Many of you will know Colm very well, but below is a small flavour of the man, with some fab questions via Radio Nova and a small intro…. Q: Someone...Read the full article >>
CWA’s Margery Allingham Short Story Competition
CWA’s Margery Allingham Short Story Competition to Continue…. The Margery Allingham Society has agreed with the Crime Writers’ Association that the popular short mystery competition will run for at least another five years, until 2024. The Society, set up to honour and promote the writings of the great Golden Age author whose well-known hero is Albert Campion, works with the CWA to operate and fund the writing competition that opens for entries in the autumn on...Read the full article >>
Paramount Pictures acquires film rights for The Chain!!
Irish author, Adrian McKinty, will appear as part of Murder One Festival (http://www.murderone.ie/tag/adrian-mckinty/) in Dublin on the 23rd July 2019, where he’ll be interviewed by Steve Cavanagh. McKinty’s lastest news is however a great ‘rags to riches’ story! Paramount Pictures has acquired the screen rights to McKinty’s latest novel The Chain in a deal that will generate a guaranteed low-seven-figure payday for the author. The Chain tells the story of Rachel, whose 11-year-old daughter is kidnapped, and the...Read the full article >>
Joining the Crime Family!
Firstly, huge thanks to Louise for having me guest on her blog. After being asked, I must admit, the nerves did set in a bit. I mean, a guest blog for writing.ie and being hosted by a writer that I hugely admire, no pressure at all right!! So what was I going to write about? Yes, it’s true that I’m currently on the promotion trail for Book 2 in the Terror Trilogy, but I didn’t...Read the full article >>
A Magic Moment!!
DRUM ROLL…or something like that, so excited to REVEAL the cover of THE HIDING GAME… Publication date September 5th…. And this it is such a Magic Moment for me…. Many thanks to all the amazing writers who said such lovely things about The Hiding Game….See below.. “A young girl on trial, a twenty-five-year-old murder, and a small town willing to do anything to keep its secrets safe…” Early praise for THE HIDING GAME...Read the full article >>
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!
Hi everyone, I’m delighted to make a splash with this GREAT NEWS…..I’ve signed another 2 Book Deal with Hachette!!! Roll on lots of lovely words in the future……🙂 Cover reveal for my new novel THE HIDING GAME to follow…..Watch this space!
The Shortlist for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year!!
Huge congratulations to Steve Cavanagh as the Irish voice on this list (Thirteen is a superb book) and to Khurrum Rahman for being shortlisted for a first novel – fantastic news! Shortlist: Belinda Bauer – Snap Steve Cavanagh – Thirteen Mick Herron – London Rules Val McDermid – Broken Ground Liam McIlvanney – The Quaker Khurrum Rahman – East of Hounslow The prize, now in its 15th year, was created to celebrate the very best in...Read the full article >>
Library Conference Makes Noise at Leading Festival!!
One of the UK’s leading literary festivals is hosting an inaugural Library Conference. Up to 100 library professionals from across the country are invited to attend the one-day event to be held at the 2019 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival this July. Keynote speakers include chief executive of Arts Council England, Darren Henley OBE. Also speaking is leading crime author and advocate for libraries, Ann Cleeves, whose Vera and Shetlands series were adapted for...Read the full article >>
Do you want to write a novel??
If the answer to the above question is – YES, then maybe next week is the time to start! I’m delighted to join the great team at the Irish Writers Centre next week for an 8 Week Course duly titled – BEGIN YOUR NOVEL. If you want to start that novel you’ve been thinking about, then click on the link below for more information. I hope this course will set you on the exciting path...Read the full article >>