Author Don Winslow on “City in Ruins”

“The longer you live,” his old man said, “the more funerals you go to. You live long enough, you go to your own.” – Don Winslow in “City in Ruins”

Welcome Don Winslow:

We’re joined on the Starline by the author of twenty five acclaimed, award-winning international bestsellers. You’ve read “City on Fire” , “City of Dreams” his final novel finishes the Danny Ryan Trilogy “City in Ruins”. We welcome the man enjoying his final tour, final book, but hopefully not his final conversation with us, author Don Winslow.

My friend, great to talk to you again, let’s go Beyond the Mic.

“The longer you live,” his old man said, “the more funerals you go to. You live long enough, you go to your own.” How was writing this final book, 30 years in the making, different than any other you’ve written before?

Your parents loved books and they made sure you were surrounded by them, what type of book did your mom try to put into your hands no matter how hard you protested?

39 years of unconditional support from your wife Jean. As these last days of media and book tours come to an end. What’s the 1st thing you want to do with her?

What does your character Danny Ryan mean to you?

The Rockin’ 8:

It’s time for the Rockin’ 8, 8 random questions, answer with the first thing that comes to your mind. You can’t escape it Don, there is no Pressure.

1. If you got arrested, who’s your one call to?

2. How do you drink your coffee?

3. Which are the five newspapers your read every morning?

4. If your hometown was going to name a street for you, what would you like it called?

5. Are you more worried about doing things right or doing the right things?

6. Favorite trivia game?

7. Which bookstore on your tour is the one that will be the hardest to leave?

8. Your favorite memory in your time in books?

The Back Half:

At one point in your life you have less than $50 to your name. Today, you have bestseller after bestseller, as well as a digital army of friends and a life lived well. How would you describe the emotions you have today?

People are calling the Danny Ryan Trilogy your masterpiece, how does that make you feel?

Who are the writers that influence you to where you are today?

Why was it important for you to finish your career with “City of Ruins”?

When you got the 1st copy of the hard cover in your hand what emotions did you feel?

Two Nearly Impossible Question:

As you approach the beginning of a new journey, how has completing Danny Ryan’s journey give you closure for you?

When Austin Butler finishes the “City of Ruins” movie, will you consider your journey complete?

I think you still win best looking bald man of all time…

The Wrap:

He hates trivia, loves his coffee black and wants you to read his final novel “City of Ruins” our friend Don Winslow that you so much for taking the time to talk with us.

You too, and that my friends is a Beyond the Mic Short Cut.

Listen to other Beyond the Mic conversations with authors here.

Check out Don at his website here.

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