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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 her latest novel, THE HIDING GAME, will be published on September 5th 2019. Louise Phillips is the crime writing mastermind behind writing.ie's Crime Scene blog.

You can follow Louise online, on Twitter and on Facebook.

Death Can’t Take a Joke

Posted by Louise Phillips on 27 March 2014.

Today is publication day for ‘Death Can’t Take a Joke’ by Anya Lipska, the second Kiszka and Kershaw crime thriller.  Originally trained as a journalist, Anya now writes and produces documentaries and drama documentaries. She has worked on an eclectic range of programmes from Panorama to Scrapheap Challenge, with a rich mix of subject matter, from Leonardo da Vinci to plane crashes, paleo-anthropology to Italian gardens with Monty Don. Lipska was chosen by Val McDermid for the...

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The CWA Margery Allingham Short Story Competition for unpublished short stories

Posted by Louise Phillips on 10 March 2014.

      The CWA Margery Allingham Short Story Competition is open to all and they encourage entrants from both published and unpublished writers. There are two key requirements – the first is that this must be an UNPUBLISHED short story; the second that it fits Margery’s definition of a mystery: “The Mystery remains box-shaped, at once a prison and a refuge. Its four walls are, roughly, a Crime, a Mystery, an Enquiry and a...

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Permission NOT TO PLAN – Mark Sennen on the writing process!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 27 February 2014.

  Today is publication day for MARK SENNEN’S new novel CUT DEAD, and we’re delighted  he is stopping by at Writing.ie as part of his blog tour!! Mark  enjoyed huge self-publishing success with TOUCH, the debut novel in the DI Savage series, selling over 60,000 copies to readers drawn to  his tenacious, flame haired female protagonist. Should you not be familiar with Mark Sennen’s work, he writes gritty cross-gender crime novels. Today, he discusses his writing...

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The Best Things in Life are Free – Even if they are Something Wicked!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 21 February 2014.

I’m really looking forward to this event – if you’re interested in Crime Fiction Writing, book your place now. It is a free event, but reservation is required – see below!

What happen’s next – CWA Debut Dagger Competition

Posted by Louise Phillips on 3 February 2014.

  The CWA Debut Dagger Competition for 2014 is closed. They are now busy ensuring all of the entries are logged, referenced and sent to their teams of readers whose job it is to consider all submissions and to draw up the shortlist which is then sent to their judges. This year the judging panel includes Alison Joseph, Robert Peett, Leigh Russell, Sarah Hodgson and David Headley. Shortlisted authors will be announced at a CWA...

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Success may be better second time around!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 22 January 2014.

Playwright Paul O’Brien saw success at a very young age, set to turn from playwright to screen writer living the dream in Manhattan, his writing journey took an unexpected turn when the Irish Celtic Tiger crashed and the rest of the world went into economic free-fall. Paul had to start all over again, but he was determined to do it differently. Now his novels are being developed as a T.V. Series in the US, so...

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Do you fancy yourself as a crime writer?

Posted by Louise Phillips on 30 December 2013.

Did you ever think Crime writing might be for you? Have you the idea for a crime novel? Have you already started a crime novel and are looking for the impetus to improve or finish it? Do you really want to understand the genre, to look at tension, pace, creating memorable characters, and write effective dialogue? Would you like to talk to key professionals in the field of crime scene evaluation? Do you want to...

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Ireland AM Crime Fiction Books of the Year 2009 – 2013

Posted by Louise Phillips on 8 December 2013.

The Irish Book Awards have been running for a number of years now, but it is only in the last five years that there has been a category for Best Irish Crime Book of the Year. This has been sponsored each year by Ireland AM TV 3, and seeing as how The Doll’s House won this year’s award, I did my research into previous winners. As Keelan Shanley said at this year’s award ceremony, ‘before...

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Can Crime Win?

Posted by Louise Phillips on 3 December 2013.

  It was an amazing night at the Irish Book Awards last Tuesday – loads of glitz and glamour, writers, TV personalities, red carpet, champagne, and a packed house to unravel the winners in each of the categories of the Irish Book Awards 2013. The crime category, to which The Doll’s House was shortlisted was actually the second award of the night and I can’t tell you how nervous I was. Never again will I...

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You can’t play around with the past!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 25 November 2013.

‘You can’t play around with the past the way you can with the present,’ says author Michael Russell, speaking as part of the Historical Crime Fiction panel at Trinity College Dublin Crime Festival. This was the first festival of its kind and was an outstanding success with hundreds of people registering for the event. Irish Crime Writing, in case you haven’t noticed, is having a BOOM period, and it was very apparent last weekend by...

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