The King of Cool, Don Winslow

How the SoCal transplant became a best-selling author by delving into Laguna Beach's legends

On the day I interviewed him, he'd already put in half a day's writing work and wasn't done yet. "You've got to find the hours somewhere," he says, adding that he has already started on three more books.

"I'm just really excited about the future," he says. "I've spent the past three years with Ben, Chon and O. It's been fun, but I'm looking forward to doing other things."

Don Winslow, Laguna's taco bard
John Gilhooley
Don Winslow, Laguna's taco bard
Winslow helped to scout Laguna locations for the film version of Savages
John Gilhooley
Winslow helped to scout Laguna locations for the film version of Savages

This article appeared in print as "King of Cool: How Don Winslow became a best-selling author by delving into Laguna Beach's legends."

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9 comments
Bill T.
Bill T.

Missed the point did you? Must say, I'm not surprised.

Ddawsonplumber
Ddawsonplumber

TYou don' know what the fuck your talking About! THE BROTHER HOOD IS STIll. ALIVE AND WELL! AND VERY MUCH FRIENDLY WITH THE MEXICAN CARTELS! MY MEXICAN BUDDIES WOULD HAVE EATEN YOUR HEROS LIVER RAW FOR LUNCH!

Bill T.
Bill T.

Or maybe I'm One Way ...

Bill T.
Bill T.

"... people who think they somehow inspired one or another of his various characters", Well, it's obvious to anyone that he based his coolest character on me. I oughtta sue!

Jonmuench
Jonmuench

I disagree with some of these other comments. Yes, the book is brilliant. The film has it's own gritty, edge. Great perfomances by some very talented actors.

949girl
949girl

I heard Oliver Stone say that he admired Blake Lively's work in The Town. She was horrible in that and she was horrible in this. I know this isn't a movie review but I just had to comment on how awful the film is.

949girl
949girl

I'm sure the book is much better than the movie. I thought "Savages" was an awful film. The acting was horrible. I knew I should have seen Magic Mike instead. Interesting article though!

Kwelch29
Kwelch29

Guys a interesting writer. Satori was solid.

Yelsewssem
Yelsewssem

The books are always better than the movies. Read the book and I will still see the movie... when it comes out on video!

 

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