Author Interview: Lucien and I by Danny Wynn

Book Genre: literary fiction
Publisher: Bright Lights Big City
Release Date: Late August 1994
Buy: AmazonBook Description:Be Careful What You Wish For…

What if you had the chance to relive your twenties the way you really wanted them to be?

Thirty-nine-year-old David is presented with that opportunity by Lucien, a charismatic young Englishman. Ranging from downtown Manhattan to Istanbul, Majorca, and the Hamptons, the two of them live a life of excess—drugs, beautiful women, and adventure—and forge a strange but great friendship.

But with every journey, there comes a price; and in every paradise there lurks a temptress. For David, will his quest for excitement lead him to betrayal and loss?

“Wynn immerses readers in psychologically rich studies of his characters and their quiet but fraught interactions. The prose is subtle but vivid, intellectually engaged but never arid, as the author provides readers with a flurry of glittering snapshots that gradually coalesce into a picture of tarnished longings. An engrossing and vibrant…meditation on friendship and the deep currents that run beneath its surface.” 
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Q: In your life, you’ve been around some people who are famous for excess. Did those experiences help form the basis for this book?  A: Yes, experiencing what you are writing about always enhances your ability to convey the topic realistically and vividly.    
Are pleasure seekers generally content and at peace?  No, they are always seeking, never quite satisfied.
What is one of the first things a new writer should do? Take some novels that he or he has liked, and type out how the author told the story — e.g., he or she presented such and such scene that conveyed such and such to the reader, etc.  Examine how the stories in such novels are told and structured.
Anything else you’d like to add?  I am always fascinated by characters doing things without clear motivations.  The challenge for a writer is to make it believable that the character did what he or she did, even though the motives are unclear.

Author Bio:

Danny Wynn is a full-time fiction writer, and before that, he was an executive in the record industry and part-time fiction writer. He has lived in New York City, Los Angeles, and London, and now makes his home in the West Village with his wife and two children. His other favorite place in the world (after the West Village) is the island of Mallorca, Spain
He is currently finishing two novels.
Danny describes himself as a creature in search of exaltation. In addition to attending the original Woodstock Music Festival, some of the other great concerts he’s been to include: Roxy Music on the Avalon Tour at Radio City, Bon Iver at Town Hall and subsequently at Radio City, The National at BAM and later at The Beacon, and The Waterboys at the Hammersmith Palais, Bruce on his solo tour, U2 on Zooropa and laterdanny-wynn tours, Dylan on the right night, and Van on the right night.
Among his favorite movies are: PerformanceBad TimingMcCabe and Mrs. Miller, and Withnail and I. His favorite novels include: The New Confessions by William Boyd; A Flag For Sunrise and Dog Soldiers by Robert Stone; The Magus by John Fowles; Legends of the Fall by Jim Harrison; andThe Comedians and The Quiet American by Graham Greene.
He derives enormous sustenance from his close friends.

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