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Best-selling author Tim Dorsey to feature Sanibel in 2011 book

By Staff | Feb 10, 2010

Author Tim Dorsey, whose latest novel "Gator A-Go-Go" was released last month, will appear at the Sanibel Island Bookshop on Feb. 16.

While he wouldn’t go into to any explicit details, New York Times best-selling author Tim Dorsey did mention that his next book – to be released in early 2011 – will feature Sanibel Island as one of its settings.

“It’s gonna have seashell collecting… and a killing,” Dorsey playfully announced on Tuesday, one week ahead of his scheduled author appearance at the Sanibel Island Bookshop, coming on Tuesday, Feb. 16 starting at 1 p.m.

Currently taking part in a 34-day, 54-stop book-signing tour, Dorsey’s latest novel – entitled “Gator A-Go-Go” – was released last month. Full of all aspects of the history of Florida, whether political, ecological or sociological, the Indiana-born writer’s novels are intensely interesting to Florida mystery fans.

“This book is the best-selling one so far… and I think it’s the fourth time I’ve been on the New York Times Best Seller list,” Dorsey explained. “I enjoy the writing, and it helps take care of my family. I’m just happy to continue doing what I love.”

From 1983 to 1987, Dorsey was a police and courts reporter for The Alabama Journal, the now-defunct evening newspaper in Montgomery. He joined The Tampa Tribune in 1987 as a general assignment reporter. He also worked as a political reporter in the Tribune’s Tallahassee bureau and a copy desk editor.

From 1994 to 1999, he served as the Tribune’s night metro editor. He left the paper in August 1999 to write full-time, releasing his first novel – “Florida Roadkill” – that same year.

Dorsey has since published novels in several languages, including “Hammerhead Ranch Motel,” “Orange Crush,” “Triggerfish Twist,” “The Stingray Shuffle,” “Cadillac Beach,” “Torpedo Juice,” “The Big Bamboo,” “Hurricane Punch,” “Atomic Lobster” and “Nuclear Jellyfish.”

In his latest release, Dorsey brings back the compulsive and outrageous character Serge A. Storms, an adventurer in his mid-40s who often must rely upon a prescribed cocktail of drugs in order to keep himself stable. And like the author, Storms has a penchant for visiting a variety of landmarks in the Sunshine State.

“When writing a new book, I usually start by thinking of a locale in Florida, or a locale and a time period. These are usually places that I’d like to visit,” said Dorsey. “Then I spend a bit of time talking with some of the people there… that’s where the ideas (for a plot) come from. I like to look into the history of these places and bring that history to life. Reading the local newspapers helps, too. Then you can see what’s going on and what people are talking about.”

In “Gator A-Go-Go,” the world’s biggest beach party is about to get crashed! One spring break location obviously isn’t enough for Storms, so he must do them all, traveling through various historic locales, spewing history nuggets at anyone who won’t run away, and dispensing his own signature brand of justice. Along the way, he and his sidekick Coleman attract a growing following of the nation’s top college students… and a mysterious gang that leaves a trail of young bodies in their wake!

For more information about Tim Dorsey and his novels, visit www.timdorsey.com.

The Sanibel Island Bookshop is located at 1571 Periwinkle Way. If you have any questions or would like to preorder a book, call 472-5223.