DJ Munro

What can I tell you about me?

I’m a part-time writer, in that I have a day job and young family, which only leaves a little time at the end of some evenings for literary endeavour.

As for my upbringing, I grew up as one of eight children in Cowes on the Isle of Wight.  When I left high school, I headed north to Scotland and studied English Literature for two years at university before switching to graduate in economics to improve my prospects of finding a job – which seemed to work.

I have since enjoyed a varied career in government (as a civil servant – i.e. apolitical/non-partisan), working with some of the biggest names in British and Scottish politics. This has provided me with a rich array of experiences to draw upon in my creative writing. My work has taken me across the Middle East and Africa, to China and Japan, Europe and the United States. I have worked on issues such as crime and justice, housing, tackling poverty and inequality, economic policy and international finance and on the COVID-19 crisis.

Outside of work, I live in Leith (Edinburgh) with my wife and three children.

Edinburgh skyline
Edinburgh Sunset – taken by my dad.


DJ Munro on Arthur's Seat, with Leith in the background.
On Arthur’s Seat, with Leith in the background. (Taken by my oldest son.)

I’d say that my novel writing has a traditional style, drawing influence from classic authors of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including Scottish authors such as Robert Louis Stevenson and Neil Munro. However, I like to inject modern themes into my writing, to ensure relevance to readers today.

Slave to Fortune won the Grand Prize for young adult fiction at the Chanticleer International Book Awards (2017) in Washington State, USA. It was also a first place category winner for historical fiction.

(The following photo was taken by my daughter in Bellingham, WA – with a suitably American backdrop – we don’t have streets like this in Scotland.)

I’m currently working on something quite different: a series of children’s picture books – the Brighthaven Tales – which I hope to start publishing over the next year or two.

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