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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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There is more than one way to publishing success – Mel Sherat, Author of ‘Taunting the Dead’, tells us how!

Posted by Louise Phillips on 19 March 2012.

In a world where it gets harder and harder to get that elusive publishing deal, Mel Sherratt, shows how guts, determination, and talent, can win out in the end, encompassing the words of the wonderful Irish playwright, Samuel Beckett, “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.” Mel Sherratt – Author of ‘Taunting The Dead’ If anyone had told me that I would have self published an ebook, I would have laughed...

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New Crime Scene Book Club & The Explosion of Irish Crime Fiction…

Posted by Louise Phillips on 8 March 2012.

There has been an explosion in Irish Crime fiction recently, and it’s a phenomenon which is still gaining pace. I attended a talk at NUI Maynooth last week discussing this very topic, and it would seem that not only has there been an upsurge in successful Irish Crime Writers/Writing, but the variety of prose within the genre has also been remarkable. With Irish Crime Writing featuring so highly on the international scene, I got an idea...

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Getting Inside the Killer’s Head

Posted by Louise Phillips on 5 March 2012.

Bad Moon Rising by Lorriane Mace writing as Frances de Plino is out this week. In my first guest post she reveals just how she gets inside the head of a killer. When I’d completed the first draft of Bad Moon Rising I knew it needed quite a bit more work before submitting it anywhere, so I went through my usual routine of rewrite, leave for a few weeks, rewrite again, leave for another few weeks, and so...

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Why are we Interested in Crime?

Posted by Louise Phillips on 23 February 2012.

My name is Louise Phillips, and six years ago, when I began writing, I had no idea that one day I would be writing crime fiction. Perhaps it’s a little bit like how some people believe, the writer doesn’t find the story, but rather the story finds them. I can’t speak for other writers, but for me very soon into my writing journey, I realised I had an insatiable desire to delve into the darker...

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