Doug Johnstone is the author of twelve novels, most recently The Big Chill (2020). Several of his books have been bestsellers and three, A Dark Matter (2020), Breakers (2019) and The Jump (2015), were shortlisted for the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish Crime Novel of the Year. He’s taught creative writing and been writer in residence at various institutions over the last fifteen years, including festivals, libraries, universities, schools, prisons and a funeral directors.
He is currently the Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Stirling University, and he’s worked as a mentor and manuscript assessor for many organisations, including The Literary Consultancy, Scottish Book Trust and New Writing North.
Doug has been an arts journalist for twenty years, and he’s also written many short stories and screenplays. He is a songwriter and musician with five albums and three solo EPs released, and he currently plays drums for the Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers, a band of crime writers including Val McDermid and Mark Billingham. He’s also player-manager of the Scotland Writers Football Club.