An author who has perfected his craft of sharing satires about life in Florida through real locations and history, released his 20th book, "Clownfish Blues."
"There were a lot of crazy news stories that I covered as a reporter, or read as an editor," author Tim Dorsey said. "It's the best state to be a novelist. If you are going to set your book in your home state, you never run out of material."
Although the author was born in Indiana, his family moved to Florida when he was a year old. Dorsey grew up in Riviera Beach, an hour north of Miami. After graduating from Auburn University, he was a police and courts reporter for the Alabama Journal and then joined the staff at the Tampa Tribune.
"Since I was a kid, I liked writing," Dorsey said. "I decided specifically to start making an effort."
That effort resulted in joining the high school newspaper.
He continued to work at a newspaper until his first book, "Florida Roadkill" debuted in 1999.
Dorsey will make a stop at MacIntosh Books, 2300 Palm Ridge Road, from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13.
The Florida resident worked for many years at the Tampa Tribune providing ample story ideas about the Florida lottery, the premise of the book.
"There was a news article that caught my attention a long time ago. When the lottery got really high, the jackpot rolled over an insane amount, " Dorsey said. "Capitalist came to Florida and wanted to buy the whole board. One of every number."
He said since that would discourage individual buyers, the capitalist had to go to individual outlets.
"They frantically started going around and buying up as many tickets as they could," Dorsey said.
The newest release, features his character Serge, who Dorsey explains as charming, nuts and hyper about visiting places all over Florida with his dim-witted side-kick.
Dorsey does almost 104 events a year promoting his books.
"One of the fascinating things about my books . . . all of these people are getting tattoos from my book," he said of people having various images from his book covers.
For a complete list of Dorsey's books, visit www.timdorsey.com.