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G.S. Johnston

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G.S. Johnston is the author of three historical novels, Sweet Bitter Cane (2019), The Cast of a Hand (2015), The Skin of Water (2012). And a fourth novel set in contemporary Hong Kong, Consumption (2011). The novels are noted for their complex characters and well-researched settings.

In one form or another, Johnston has always written, at first composing music and lyrics. After completing a degree in pharmacy, a year in Italy re-ignited his passion for writing and he completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature. Feeling the need for a broader canvas, he started writing short stories and novels.

Originally from Hobart, Tasmania, Johnston currently lives in Canberra, Australia. He is treasurer of the Historical Novel Society
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G.S. Johnston I went to an exhibition of death masks at the Musée d’Orsay in 2001. Apart from the casts made of people’s faces after they’d been executed, there…moreI went to an exhibition of death masks at the Musée d’Orsay in 2001. Apart from the casts made of people’s faces after they’d been executed, there were some casts of the hands of murderers. I was researching another novel at the time and found a book on the new extension to the Palais de Justice in Paris. The first case trailed in the new court was the Troppmann case and the book had a photo of a cast of his hand. I found that intriguing and started looking for more books on the case. Once I started, I was less and less convinced of his guilt. (less)
G.S. Johnston I don't really have writer's block, per se. My greatest issue is blocking out the rest of the world to write. I need a contradictory mix of tension…moreI don't really have writer's block, per se. My greatest issue is blocking out the rest of the world to write. I need a contradictory mix of tension and relaxation. I need to feel pressured but at the same time I need to feel concentrated. If the cat is jumping around the room, I can't settle. But if I have massive amounts of time and no pressure, I'll just go an put another load of washing on. I guess I've always been borderline shy/wild. (less)
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Rusty Nugent Hello G.S.,

Thanks for the friendship. Hopefully, you'll enjoy reading Moonwarriors: Guardians of the Night. Take it easy, Rusty


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A.R. G.S., thanks for the add!


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R.S. Lentin Thanks for the friendship invite!


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