Hello and welcome
Here you can find out more about my fiction, poetry and other books I’ve written and
had a hand in.
On the Books page you can click on a cover and find a sample to whet your appetite. Or catch up with the latest about my poetry and some writing by my late father Roy (RR) Johnston in this feature in the February 2015 issue of Irish cultural magazine The Honest Ulsterman.
The Courses page tells you more about my writing groups in London and Cambridge.
Feel free to contact me about writing, yours and mine, on firstname.lastname@example.org – I look at all my emails and will do my best to reply quickly.
Happy browsing, Rosie
‘Whereas Sweet Seventeens threads a myriad of themes together in one volume, Orion as a
follow-up concentrates and focuses Johnston’s considerable talents on one universal theme.
Orion is a giant leap forward for Johnston. This time around, Johnston has compiled a richly
rounded poem that flows beautifully as one piece, one entity. And yet, for those readers who
prefer to dip in and out of a collection, each perfectly sculpted stanza can also be appreciated
‘Just bought ‘Orion’ and am loving it. Congrats. I love the simple class and quality of the poems – and of the book’ Sean’s website
‘On the face of it, scriptural exegesis looks like pretty unpromising material but it is
transformed into the basis for a gripping, plausible and beautifully written literary thriller.
This small book is nuanced, complex and wide-ranging, taking in love, hypocrisy, despair
and faith. The lyrics to songs by the made-up heavy metal band Sword Rampant (such is
[Johnston]’s attention to detail that the group has its own website) are worthy of Spinal Tap.’
‘British author [Johnston] follows her children’s novel, What You See Is What You Get, with a dark novel for adults that raises disturbing questions about faith and religion. … [Johnston]’s needle-sharp characterization of the deranged Patrick is nothing short of terrifying.’
‘Very wicked and beautifully written’
‘I doubt an ostensibly religious theme has ever been better served, or been simultaneously
as scholarly, well-written, compelling, funny and, thank God, filthy. This atheist loved it.’
‘A smart and eminently readable literary thriller’
‘Lyrical, thoughtful, sensual and shot through with dark humour’
‘This book is wonderful: funny, frightening, compulsively page-turning and all in all a
rattling good read’
Author photograph James Perrin