Monday 11 December 2017

The down side of writing is that it's bum-on-chair

Crime writer Louise Philips never misses breakfast
Crime writer Louise Philips never misses breakfast

Edel Coffey

Walking in the Dublin Mountains keeps crime writer Louise Phillips fit. It also helps her work out any plot problems she may be having, she tells Edel Coffey.

Do you consider yourself to have a healthy lifestyle?

I could certainly adopt a healthier lifestyle, but some exercise is better than none, and maintaining a good diet while indulging in the odd chocolate donut keeps me more good than bad.

Do you exercise regularly?

Walking does it for me. I live in the Dublin Mountains and I always walk while I'm in the middle of a first draft. Getting lost in the mountains answers many a fictional question!

Do you do it willingly or begrudgingly?

When I get the opportunity, I do it willingly as it really helps me problem solve when working with a plot point, or delving into a fictional characters. The best solutions often come when you're not looking for them, and you allow your mind to switch off.

What time do you go to bed?

I usually go to bed around 10 o'clock. I remember my parents going to bed early and thinking 'how sad is that?' I can't survive without getting my quota of sleep.

What time do you get up in the morning?

Six am, except on weekends. It is a great time to write, before the rest of the world gets in the way, and probably the closest to dream-time, which can be far more interesting than reality!

What do you have for breakfast?

It varies, but I never miss breakfast - two poached or boiled eggs, a wheat cereal with low fat milk and some fruit.


Soup in winter, or maybe some pasta. Sometimes it's the remains of the previous night's dinner. In summer, salads are easier.


Anything goes, depending on the mood and the weather. We don't get a lot of barbecue weather in Ireland, but I really enjoy eating outdoors, especially as hubby does the cooking.

Any snacks?

Not really, unless there is a long gap between meals, or often, I'll take a snack if I'm on the run, but generally I'm a 'three meals a day' kind of girl.

Do you take any supplements?

No, but I have done in the past. Everyone is different. If there are no medical issues, a good diet will give you a lot. Mind you, we don't get enough vitamin D - so if I was to consider any supplements, it would be to counteract that deficiency.

How much water do you drink?

Not enough! I try to drink as much as I can, but I could certainly do better. Like many, a cup of tea tends to be the 'cure all'.

Do you have a skincare routine?

I don't wear make-up when I can avoid it. I cleanse and moisturise. I tend to stick with the skincare and make-up products that work best for me. I'm lucky. I have my mother's skin, and it's not doing too badly for a woman my age.

Any allergies?


Any vices?

Lots! I love the odd sweet treat, and I'm a sucker for jellies of any description, including jelly babies! Since getting fitted for braces last year, it has certainly affected what I can eat.

If you could change one thing about my lifestyle it would be …

The down side of writing is that you do a lot of it whilst stationary, bum-on-chair. So, if I could change anything, it would be to exercise more.

Last Kiss by Louise Phillips is published by Hachette Ireland

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