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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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Irish Crime Authors hit California in October!!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 30 August 2016.

Irish crime fiction will be getting a lot of attention at this year’s Los Gatos Listowel Writing Festival in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Californian town of Los Gatos is a sister city with Listowel Writing Festival. The festival dates are 6th to the 9th October 2016. Firstly –Women in Irish Crime Fiction – is on the 8th October, in which myself and Irish crime writer Niamh O’Connor will read from our contributions to the new...

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Posted by Louise Phillips on 25 August 2016.

TWO MAJOR CRIME EVENTS FORM PART OF THE LOS GATOS- LISTOWEL WRITERS’ FESTIVAL IN SAN FRANCISCO this year…. To wit…. Saturday, October 8th 2016 NEW WAVE OF WOMEN IN IRISH CRIME FICTION More and more young Irish women are joining the ranks of established crime fiction greats. What’s that all about? Award-winning Irish crime writers Louise Phillips and Niamh O’Connor will read from their contributions to the new anthology of Irish crime writing, Trouble Is...

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Trouble is our Business – New Crime Anthology New Island

Posted by Louise Phillips on 4 August 2016.

The diversity and quality of Irish Crime Fiction writing is in no doubt and this new anthology TROUBLE IS OUR BUSINESS from NEW ISLAND, edited by award-winning crime writer DECLAN BURKE, will be a MUST READ! I am really delighted to have a story within the collection. It is dark, it is dangerous and it is poignant and I can’t wait to read these new stories by Irish crime writers! Roll on September publication!!! Loving the...

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CWA Dagger Awards 2016 Shortlists Announced….

Posted by Louise Phillips on 28 July 2016.

Congrats to all on the various shortlists, but special congrats to Irish Authors John Connolly, Jax Miller and Adrian Mc Kinty!!                  

The Writing Process and the Murky Middle!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 26 July 2016.

I’ve talked a lot in the past about the murky middle of a novel. It’s where you’ve managed to get the essentials of the story down by introducing the fictional novel world to the reader, one with an array of characters, insights and a sense (albeit full of questions) of where the story is going – AKA Act 1.   Act 3, is the final segment of the story when I have a reasonably good...

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What’s happening at Theakston Old Peculier Crime Festival!!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 20 July 2016.

The world class, award winning Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, now in its 14th year, celebrates the very best in crime fiction at the magnificent Old Swan Hotel each July. The Festival is a firm date in the literary calendar and has achieved international acclaim for the programming, organisation and atmosphere. “The Theakston Old Peculier Crime Festival is the best in the world – and I know, because I’ve done all of them” –...

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A Feast of Irish Crime Novels for June & July

Posted by Louise Phillips on 8 July 2016.

PARADIME by Alan Glynn – June 2016 After a stint as a private contractor in Afghanistan, Danny Lynch is back in New York. But nothing’s easy. Work is hard to find and his girlfriend owes more than $30,000 in student loans. Danny is also haunted by something he witnessed at the base – a fact that could ultimately destroy him. Then he spots Teddy Trager, tech visionary and billionaire. These two men couldn’t be more...

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Ken Bruen to Receive the iBAM 2016 Literature Award

Posted by Louise Phillips on 28 June 2016.

Mystery writer Ken Bruen is the 2016 iBAM Awardee for Literature, and he will receive his award at the iBAM Gala Awards Dinner, October 14th in the Irish American Heritage Center. Announcement from iBAM – Ken has written over 50 books and is one of the most prominent Irish crime writers of the last two decades. Born in Galway in 1951, he spent twenty-five years traveling the world before he began writing in the mid...

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Dublin Writers Conference 24th – 26th June 2016

Posted by Louise Phillips on 22 June 2016.

  Lots of interesting workshops available this weekend at the Dublin Writers Conference, with no fewer than four crime writers taking past, including yours truly, Michael Russell, Sheila Bugler and Laurence O Bryan…..see details below!                     The Irish Writers Centre is delighted to be hosting the Dublin Writers Conference on the 24 – 26 June. This weekend conference will provide first class training in aspects of writing craft...

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An Impressive Shortlist of 6 for the Theakston Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year Award 2016!!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 31 May 2016.

The shortlist for crime writing’s accolade, the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year, has been announced. Celebrating its twelfth year, the Awards feature six titles whittled down from a longlist of 18 crime novels published by British and Irish authors whose novels were published in paperback from 1 May 2015 to 18 April 2016. The 2016 Award is run in partnership with T&R Theakston Ltd, WHSmith, and The Radio Times. The shortlist in...

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