On episode 46 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast, I spoke with Don Winslow, New York Times bestselling author of 17 novels. We discussed his latest novel about the Mexico-America drug wars, THE CARTEL, and also touched on a wide range of other topics, including:
- the prescription drug epidemic that’s sweeping America;
- why reading aloud is critical for writers;
- how he gets away with switching points of view so often;
- how drug cartels use social media;
- the potential danger of writing groups.
Plus, on “Today in Writing”: Happy Birthday to Pete Hamill.
About our guest:
Don Winslow has written 17 novels, including The Kings of Cool, Savages, The Winter of Frankie Machine and the highly acclaimed epic The Power of the Dog. He’s also worked as a movie theater manager, a private investigator and a safari leader. His work in television and film has attracted the attention of filmmakers and actors such as Michael Mann, Martin Scorsese, Robert DeNiro and Leonardo DiCaprio. With his friend Shane Salerno, he wrote the screen adaptation of his own novel, Savages, which was filmed by Oliver Stone.
Winslow lives in southern California with his wife of thirty years and he’s here to talk about his latest novel, THE CARTEL, released yesterday and available everywhere books are sold.