Doug Johnstone is an author and journalist with a degree in physics, a PhD in experimental nuclear physics and a diploma in magazine journalism. He was Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh 2014-2016, where he specialised in helping health science students improve their academic writing.
Doug is an RLF Bridge Fellow, delivering academic writing workshops to school pupils across Scotland. He is also a mentor and manuscript assessor for The Literary Consultancy and for Emergents in the Scottish Highlands.
He has taught Creative Writing and Creative Non-Fiction at the University of Strathclyde, where he was also Writer in Residence 2010-2012. He is a regular tutor at the Moniack Mhor writing retreat, and works as a freelance editor for Freight Books on their crime fiction. In 2016 he was also Writer in Residence at William Purves Funeral Directors, working with employees to write their stories.
He writes contemporary thrillers, with several of his novels becoming bestsellers and winning awards. His work has been praised by the likes of Irvine Welsh, Ian Rankin and Christopher Brookmyre. He’s had short stories appear in various publications and anthologies, and since 1999 has worked as a freelance arts journalist.