'When I'm in editing mode I almost can't read other writers' work, because everything feels overwritten. I can't stop my internal editor adding imaginary comments in the margins. A lot of published novels really could have done with killing those darlings.'
'I was hardly ever edited back then, and never edited myself. As long as I made the word count I could get away with almost anything. I still hadn't learned that what's written to impress, rarely impresses anyone.'
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.