Writers, Ink Podcast: Episode 66 – Greenlights with Academy Award winning actor turned author, Matthew McConaughey

Greenlights with Matthew McConaughey

In his recent memoir, Greenlights, legendary actor Matthew McConaughey recounts the last fifty years of his life through gripping storytelling, offering advice that transcends all to focus on the rules of life itself. Whether you are a writer or not, you need to own your work, be arrogant before you can appreciate being humbled, and that the uncertainty of losing a safety net only makes it easier to embrace your actions and responsibilities. McConaughey is an Academy Award-winning actor and producer who first became popular for his breakout role in the 1993 comedy Dazed and Confused and has since starred in countless successful movies including Dallas Buyers Club, Interstellar, and The Gentlemen. To purchase his excellent new memoir, follow the link below.

From Amazon.com:

Academy Award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey is a married man, a father of three children, and a loyal son and brother. He considers himself a storyteller by occupation, believes it’s okay to have a beer on the way to the temple, feels better with a day’s sweat on him, and is an aspiring orchestral conductor.

Whether you’re traditionally published or indie, writing a good book is only the first step in becoming a successful author. The days of just turning a manuscript into your editor and walking away are gone. If you want to succeed in today’s publishing world, you need to understand every aspect of the business – editing, formatting, marketing, contracts. It all starts with a good book, then the real work begins.

Join international bestselling author J.D. Barker and indie powerhouses, J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon, as they gain unique insight and valuable advice from the most prolific and accomplished authors in the business.

In this episode, you’ll discover:

  • The last time Matthew McConaughey was knocked out by a sleeping cow
  • Why he needed courage to write Greenlights
  • How to choose the best POV for the messages you want to convey
  • Why you should be less impressed, more involved
  • The importance of making sacrifices


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J. D. Barker – http://jdbarker.com/

J. Thorn – https://theauthorlife.com/

Matthew McConaughey on Amazon.com – https://amzn.to/3d8mv30 

Greenlights https://books2read.com/greenlights 

Findaway Voices February Promo – https://love.findawayvoices.com/ 

Story Rubric – http://storyrubric.com  

Nonfict Rubric – http://nonficrubric.com  

The Career Author Summit 2021 – https://thecareerauthor.com/summit2021/ 

Proudly sponsored by Kobo Writing Life – https://kobowritinglife.com/

Music by Nicorus – https://cctrax.com/nicorus/dust-to-dust-ep 

Voice Over by Rick Ganley – http://www.nhpr.com and recorded at Mill Pond Studio – http://www.millpondstudio.com

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6 thoughts on “Writers, Ink Podcast: Episode 66 – Greenlights with Academy Award winning actor turned author, Matthew McConaughey”

  1. Fascinating interview today. Loved to hear him say he is in the storytelling role, not sure I’ve heard an actor state it that overtly.
    I was interested in his understanding of POV. With that level of knowledge and with his actor’s perspective on storytelling, and based on your summary of his reviews with his obvious ability to write, it would be a tempting read if Matthew were to write a work of fiction. I expect he will get plenty of offers of collaboration now he has put pen to paper and proved his worth but if he was looking to add a British viewpoint to any fiction effort I might be able to spare him some of my valuable time… 🙂
    Great interview.

  2. This was such a great interview. My only criticism is that it was only 30 minutes. J, you are an awesome interviewer. It felt like you were two guys having a beer and smoking a cigar at a favorite watering hole.

    Keep up the great work!!!

  3. Sadly, I missed the interview with the snowstorm last week in Texas. Is there another opportunity to hear it? I’ve just listened to the audiobook of Greenlights. Thank you.

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