Tim Dorsey will appear at R.J. Julia Booksellers this Sunday, March 1st, at 1:00 p.m. This event is free; reservations are required and can be made online or by calling the store at 203-245-3959. Copies of Shark Skin Suite will be available for purchase/signing. Location: 768 Boston Post Road in Madison.
Today, Hartford Books Examiner welcomes Tim Dorsey.
Dorsey is the author of Shark Skin Suite (William Morrow, $26.99), the newest entry in his New York Times bestselling series featuring serial killer Serge Storms. He was a reporter and editor for the Tampa Tribune from 1987 to 1999 and then made the transition to full-time fiction writer. He has since published eighteen novels. Dorsey makes his home in Tampa, Florida.
Shark Skin Suite was published in January. Publishers Weekly awarded the title a starred review and praised: “Serge A. Storms is still going strong. … Brilliantly funny. … Dorsey’s razor sharp wit skewers human foibles and follies.” Further, the Florida Sun-Sentinel noted, “Serge A. Storms may prove to be the voice of Florida. … Shark Skin Suite is a jaunt around every part of Florida, showing the hidden spots and the events that have earned the Sunshine State the ‘only in Florida’ reference.”
From the publisher:
Bottom feeders beware: the Sunshine State’s favorite psychotic killer and lovable Floridaphile Serge Storms has found a new calling, legal eagle, and he’s going to make a killing as a crusading attorney—and star as a dashing lawyer on the big screen—in this madcap escapade from the insanely funny New York Times bestselling author Tim Dorsey.
When it comes to swimming with the sharks, there is no bigger kahuna than Serge Storms. Binging on a marathon of legal movies set in Florida, Serge finds his calling: the law. Never mind law school or that degree, Serge becomes a freelance fixer—wildcat paralegal and pilgrim to the hallowed places where legal classics of the big screen such as Body Heat, Cool Hand Luke, and Absence of Malice were filmed practically in his own backyard.
One of Serge’s old flames, young lawyer Brook Campanella, is also a rising star thanks to her expertise in the field of foreclosure law. Ruthless at taking down the greedy banksters kicking people out of their homes, she lands a major class-action lawsuit, and wins big. The opposition is determined to shut her down and they’ll go to extreme lengths to do it.
Luckily for her, Serge has been hired to do some investigative legwork on the case. There’s nothing he likes better than saving a damsel in distress, especially when it means kicking a bunch of shyster butt. The mayhem comes to a hilarious head at the Key West courthouse, at the height of the island’s raucous Fantasy Fest street carnival, and no one, including Serge, will ever be the same.
Now, Tim Dorsey reveals a few pages form the book of his life …
1) As a child, did you wear your literary lust loud and proud or were you a closet bibliophile?
I started with Mad Magazine that I hid under my mattress. Most parents would search their kids’ rooms and think, Thanks God there’s no porn! … But in my case, Mad was the ultimate subversive influence.
2) What book(s) were you likely to be caught keeping company with under the covers?
Well, as I said, Mad. But my folks weren’t readers, so I later openly read stuff like Naked Lunch and Tropic of Cancer right in front of them.
3) What are you reading currently & what is your initial impression?
I’m re-reading Thomas McGuane’s “92 in the Shade” – the first time around in 1987 it immediately became my favorite Florida book.
4) What one book do you always recommend when asked?
Catch 22! Catch 22! Catch 22!
5) Which of your own books would you suggest to readers & why?
There’s no good answer if you have a long series, because it’s like, “Which is your favorite child?” Also, you always want your newest book to be your best.
6) Is there a book or author that readers would be surprised to know you’ve read and liked?
No, it’s pretty much what you’d expect – the “question authority” stuff from people like Joseph Heller and Kurt Vonnegut etc.
7) Who is the one author that would, or did, make you weak in the knees upon meeting?
8) Has there been an “I’ve made it” moment in your career?
When my agent called and accepted me as a client in 1998.
9) What is your greatest literary ambition?
This is it. I get to spend my life writing what I want for a living.
10) Fill in the blank: Hartford Books Examiner is _____.
All things to all people!
With thanks to Tim Dorsey for his generosity of time and thought and to Megan Schumann, Associate Publicist at HarperCollins, for facilitating this interview.
Don’t forget: Tim Dorsey will appear at R.J. Julia Booksellers in Madison this Sunday, March 1st, at 1:00 p.m.