Irish Examiner

A voracious reader, Louise kept diaries in her teens, and  wrote essays and short stories in her twenties.Then life, marriage, and babies got in the way.

She got back to writing  in 2006, when her son was 13. Her work since has been included in anthol-ogies and literary journals, and she was shortlisted for short story competitions, winning the Jonathan Swift Award.



"I loved it from the start. I started one novel, but gave up halfway through. I decided I would definitely finish my next attempt. I enjoyed writing Red Ribbons. I especially liked the character of Ellie Brady. I wanted to show how anyone can suffer from depression if life gives up on them."



Who is Louise Phillips? 

Education: Dalton School, Rathmines. Institute of Education, Lesson St, then College of Marketing and Design.

Home: Dublin Mountains.

Family: Husband, Robert. Children, Jennifer, Lorraine, and Graham. Granddaughter, Caitriona.

Hobbies: Walking, gardening, interior design.

Favourite Writers: John Connolly; Neil Jordan; Colum McCann; Anne Enright, and Noelle Harrison.

Second Novel:  The Doll’s House. It’s another psychological crime thriller featuring Kate Pearson. It involves hypnosis, so the reader isn’t sure if what the protagonist remembers actually happened.

Top Writing Tip: Create your own writing space, even if it’s a tiny space in the corner.


Twitter: @LouiseMPhillips 

Sue Leonard Irish Examiner


   Red Ribbons. Hachette Ireland, €14.99; Kindle, €10.98 

    A schoolgirl’s body is found in the Dublin mountains. Although buried, her corpse has been carefully arranged. Her hair is plaited and tied with red ribbons. A day later, another body is found, arranged in an identical way. DI O’Connor and criminal psychologist Kate Pearson are baffled.  Connections soon start to appear, but can they stop the killer before he strikes again? 

    The Verdict: Dark and spooky, but  believable.  

— Interviewed by Sue Leonard