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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