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Author Tim Dorsey to make stop on Sanibel

By Staff | Feb 6, 2016


A Florida author who has become well-known for his humorous novels revolving around the character Serge A. Storms will make a stop on Sanibel to promote his latest release.

Sanibel became apart of Tim Dorsey’s book tour after he made a trip to one of the island’s bookstores many years ago. He said he drove to Sanibel and walked into a bookstore and noticed there were a couple of his books on the shelf. The question, “would you like me to sign those” turned into stops on the island ever since.

“I’ve been out there at least 15 times,” Dorsey said of the island.

At 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15, Dorsey will stop at Macintosh Books, 2330 Palm Ridge Road, for a reading and book signing of his newest book “Coconut Cowboy,” which was released Jan. 26.

Every year, Dorsey’s book tour includes almost 40 stops, two to three signings a day for three weeks throughout the state of Florida before heading out on his national tour.

Tim Dorsey will stop at Macintosh Books Monday, Feb. 15 for a book signing. PROVIDED

“These are Florida based books,” he said. “Every market I have made friends and a good audience shows up. I can’t miss those. I can’t turn those down.”

Dorsey said he really enjoys talking to people while on tour. He said he’s so tickled that others enjoy his writing because it all stemmed from writing something enjoyable for his own pleasure.

“People who have had a similar sense of humor have connected with the books, so that works out well,’ Dorsey said.

“Coconut Cowboy” was the result of two ideas the Tampa author put together. The first, which stemmed from the movie “Easy Rider,” has been brewing for a long time. The second idea came from reading articles about small town corruptions.

Dorsey said he read an article about the state investigating a small town corruption. He said they were looking into potential financial stealing and when asked for documents, the town leadership had said they lost them in a swamp.

“It almost fell in my chair and that was it,” Dorsey said of the premise behind “Coconut Cowboy.”

His main character, Serge A. Storms, decided to continue the journey of Captain America and Billy from “Easy Rider” in Louisiana where he heads out looking for the American dream. Dorsey said Serge stays away from interstates and visits small towns along his journey. Meanwhile in some alternating chapters, he said, Serge finds out that there is a small town deep down in Florida where a lot of local corruption is taking place.

“Stuff starts heating up in that town,” Dorsey said as Serge makes his way to the area.

His newest release is the 19th Serge Storm novel.

Before Dorsey began writing novels full-time in August 1999, he was a newspaper journalist for more than 15 years. He worked at the Alabama Journal as a police and courts reporter, before joining the Tampa Tribune as a general assignment reporter. His career also gave him the opportunity to work as a political reporter in the Tribune’s Tallahassee bureau, as well as a copy desk editor.

“I felt journalism would be the best way to develop my writing skills,” Dorsey said. “Eventually the time came where I got the idea for this book and I started it and kept going, started polishing it and it sold.”

His first book “Florida Roadkill” is being developed into a television series by Sonar Entertainment. Dorsey said they are at the end of writing the pilot for the series.

In addition, Dorsey attended a special ceremony Tuesday, Jan. 26 for winning the John D. MacDonald Award for Excellence in Florida Fiction. The Tampa author is the seventh winner of the award, which was established in 1992.

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

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