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DDJohnston1compressedDr D.D. Johnston publishes under his middle initials because he mistakenly thinks it will make him sound interesting or important (he’s neither). He lives in Cheltenham and works at the University of Gloucestershire, where he is a University Teaching Fellow, a senior lecturer, and Course Leader for the MA in Creative & Critical Writing.

His first novel, Peace, Love, & Petrol Bombs, was a Sunday Herald Book of the Year for 2011. It has been recorded as an audio book for audible.com, and is published in Spanish as Paz, amor y cócteles molotov (Hoja de Lata, 2013).

Thrub coverHis second novel, The Deconstruction of Professor Thrub (Barbican Press, 2013), made the judges’ longlist for the Goldsmith’s Prize and was a 2013 book of the year in The Morning Star, where it was described as “determinedly extraordinary”.

Secret Baby Room coverHis third novel, The Secret Baby Room, is a mystery suspense thriller:

As her own life falls apart, Claire risks everything in her quest. It’s an investigation that leads her not only towards the dark knowledge of past crimes but towards an understanding of the damaged lives of those around her.  Johnston offers us a wonderfully gripping read, but also a compassionate and moving story of people struggling to survive at the margins of a rapidly changing city. (CrimeCulture)

online writing tips logo white croppedD.D. Johnston also writes a bit of short fiction, and you can read one of his stories, ‘The Invitation’, online in issue six of the lampeter Review. An earlier version of the story was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize. In his spare time, he runs the writing advice website onlinewritingtips.com.

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