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A blog by Louise Phillips

LOUISE PHILLIPS is the bestselling author of five psychological crime thrillers. Her debut novel RED RIBBONS, and her subsequent Kate Pearson 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 her latest novel, THE HIDING GAME was published on September 5th 2019. It was shortlisted in the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards 2019. Louise Phillips is the crime writing mastermind behind writing.ie's Crime Scene blog.

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Begin your Novel with Louise Phillips – Irish Writers Centre

Posted by Louise Phillips on 23 January 2017.

Places are booking up fast for my ‘Begin Your Novel’ course in February. If you’re interested in doing this course at the Irish Writers Centre, either book online HERE, or contact the centre at (01) 872 1302, or alternatively, email, info@writerscentre.ie I will be doing a taster course this coming Saturday which is already FULLY BOOKED, and this may result in additional pressure on places!!! So get booking, or express your interest via the centre,...

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Edgar Award Nominees 2017!!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 19 January 2017.

MWA Announces the 2017 Edgar Nominations January 19, 2017, New York, NY – Mystery Writers of America announce the Nominees for the 2017 Edgar Allan Poe Awards. The Edgar Awards will be presented to the winners at our 71st Gala Banquet, April 27, 2017 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York City. And the nominees are: BEST NOVEL The Ex by Alafair Burke (HarperCollins Publishers – Harper) Where It Hurts by Reed Farrel Coleman (Penguin...

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Begin your Novel Course – FREE Taster!!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 17 January 2017.

THIS COURSE IS NOW FULLY BOOKED – If you are interested in doing a ‘Begin your novel’ course, a 10 week course will be starting in the Irish Writers Centre this February. For more details visit HERE I’ll be doing a FREE ‘Begin your Novel’ taster on the 28th January at the Irish Writers Centre. Attendees are invited to sign up to this free course in advance via EVENTBRITE! *** BE WARNED…Previous events like this...

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The Creative Process – Mindmaps!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 6 January 2017.

Manuscript News: Before Christmas I edited my current work in progress (TRUST NO ONE) from 65,00o words to under 50,000. The script became shorter, but a lot better. (I’m one of those sad people who love editing!) Earlier this week, I picked up the script to start writing again. I realised I needed a plan to reach the finish line (better known as the end!) without too much confusion. The plan turned out to be...

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Crime Delights for the Final Quarter of 2016!!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 29 November 2016.

THE CITY IN DARKNESS by Michael Russell – October 2016 HOLDING by Graham Norton – October 2016 A HUNT IN WINTER by Conor Brady – October  2016 PURSUIT by John McAllister – November 2016 TRESPASS by Anthony J Quinn – November 2016 THE GIRL BEHIND THE LENS by Tanya Farrelly –  December 2016

Launch of Trouble is our Business – No Alibis

Posted by Louise Phillips on 22 November 2016.

The Northern Ireland launch of TROUBLE IS OUR BUSINESS (New Island Books) is happening this Friday evening. So, if you’re in or around Belfast, why not call in?? It’s a terrific collection, a great bookshop and there will be crime fiction folk there, including John Connolly, and editor, Declan Burke! Details:  Fri 25th November 6.30pm, No Alibis, 83, Botanic Avenue, Belfast An evening of chat about Crime Fiction on the Emerald Isle with Declan Burke, John Connolly...

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Great News on the Irish Crime Writing Scene….

Posted by Louise Phillips on 11 November 2016.

Great news on the Irish Crime Writing Scene, ‘Girl Unknown’, the 3rd psychological thriller by Karen Perry, (aka Paul Perry and Karen Gillece) has been picked up by Peaky Blinders producers Tiger Aspect for a TV series. Paul and Karen, who are currently writing their fourth novel ‘Shoot the Crows’, are also working with Dublin based film company, Subotica, on the adaptation of their first novel ‘The Boy that Never Was’. So watch this space….

Irish Crime Novel of the Year Shortlist 2016!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 3 November 2016.

It’s that time of the year again folks! As always there is stiff competition in the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Award shortlists, especially in the Irish Crime Novel of the Year category, sponsored by Books Are My Bag. . And here is the shortlist….drum roll please…. The Constant Soldier by William Ryan Distress Signals by Catherine Ryan Howard The Drowning Child by Alex Barclay Little Bones by Sam Blake Lying in Wait by Liz...

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The Chandler Chat at Imagine Arts Festival!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 19 October 2016.

The Chandler Chat at Imagine Arts Festival – FREE Sunday 23 October 7 p.m. |- All welcome –  St Patricks Gateway Centre, Waterford Imagine Arts Festival, in partnership with the Irish Writers Centre, commemorates the memory of Raymond Chandler and his close connection with Waterford. Irish crime writers Alan Glynn  and Declan Hughes read from their work and discuss the influence of Raymond Chandler on their writing and on contemporary crime fiction. Are the detectives who go down today’s...

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Murder comes to Malahide

Posted by Louise Phillips on 13 October 2016.

Murder comes to Malahide on the October bank holiday weekend in the form of the Something Wicked Crime Writing Festival, which runs from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th. Over the course of the three days, there will be something for all ages interested in crime, crime fiction and children’s books. On Friday October 28th a panel of bestselling authors will discuss how they write about murder and violent crime. The panelists are Alex Barclay (Darkhouse,...

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