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'You and your readers are going to be spending irretrievable time and irreplaceable energy on what you write. If you don't care about it passionately, how will you endure it, and why on earth should your readers be bothered?'

Doug Johnstone speaks with Cherise Saywell about shifting from engineering to domestic noir via music journalism, exploring conflicted masculinity in his work, and being part of the Tartan Noir family of Scottish crime writers.

As a former member of a rock band who has also been a music journalist, Doug Johnstone has always felt that music was essential to his writing. Here he considers other writers who have also made a career out of music — and vice versa.
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