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Paul Johnston 'inspired by cancer diagnosis'

11th August 2010

Scottish thriller writer Paul Johnston has revealed how he took inspiration from his encounters with cancer.

In an interview with the Edinburgh Evening News, the 53-year-old said that being diagnosed with cancer for the second time led to the creation of Matt Wells, the title character in his current crime series.

'Having spent a lot of time thinking about life, death and anything else that you care to mention when I was ill, I needed a protagonist who reflected my state of mind,' Johnston explained.

The author also told the newspaper that he decided to set Maps of Hell - the third instalment of his current series - in the US, as he had 'gone as far as [he] wanted' with London after using it as the location for his earlier works, The Death List and The Soul Collector.

As well as the Matt Wells novels, Johnston wrote the Alex Mavros series, which is set in Greece and consists of Crying Blue Murder, The Last Red Death and The Golden Silence.
 

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