So it was all happening for Louise Phillips this evening in Hughes and Hughes, St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin, and as she is now having a well earned glass of wine, the rest of the writing.ie team are covering her launch…
In one of the biggest launches Dublin has seen for a long time, debut Hachette Ireland author Louise Phillips had invited bestselling author and Sunday Times True Crime Editor Niamh O’Connor to do the honours. Niamh revealed how she had attended a workshop with Louise and had been blown away by her preceptive questioning of the Garda technical expert who was on hand to explain Crime Scene procedure to the group. Louise put her exeperience to good use in a book that gets right inside the heads of her protagonists, one of whom is a killer. It’s a chilling story, brilliantly written – find out more about Red Ribbons and its key characters in our interview with Louise.
Ciara Doorley, Editorial Director of Hachette Ireland went on to say that Louise was an immense talent. As guests sipped a glass of wine or two, Louise got caught behind the signing table and couldn’t escape all evening!
Packed full of friends, family and fellow writers from Niamh O’Connor, to Arlene Hunt, Declan Burke, Clodagh Murphy, Gillian Duffy, Alison Wells, and Katie and Michael O’Dowd who form the writing partnership Derry O’Dowd, the wine and coversation flowed. Red and black balloons and Louise’s signature red ribbon bedrecked the Hughes and Hughes store in Dublin’s City Centre.
Louise had planned the evening meticulously, from the balloons to the bookmarks and the massive crowd, friends from Twitter and Facebook as well as her writer’s group and the many writing organisations she’s involved with. As Ciara Doorley said, your first book is special, and Red Ribbons is a very special book.
Indeed, Hughes and Hughes sold more books on the night than at any previous launch, so fingers crossed for a chart position next week!