TIM DORSEY: I NEVER IMAGINED PEOPLE WOULD GET TATTOOS OF MY BOOKS
Posted by Ognian Georgiev
Tim Dorsey and his legendary Serge Storms series continue with book #19 Coconut Cowboy. The novel will be released on January 26. Already the top reviewers casted their critical opinion with the following sentences: “Entertainingly picaresque. … Dorsey deftly brings all his players to life.” (Publishers Weekly) and “Heartily recommended for readers who like their mayhem served up with belly laughs.”(Booklist).
It’s a great pleasure to welcome at Land of books Tim Dorsey for our nest Q&A.
– Tim, what is your next book Coconut Cowboy about?
– My obsessive and insane main character decides to ride a motorcycle down through Florida as the sequel to Easy Rider.
– How did you decide to write the story of Serge Storms?
– It was an accident. He was just going to be a villain, but then I made him crazier and crazier, and when I had him start ranting about all things Florida, I knew I had my main guy.
– What was the biggest challenge during the write up process?
– The outline. Coming up with the overall mystery story arc.
– Tell us something more about your main characters Serge and Coleman? Are they close to someone from your real life?
– Serge’s non-violent quirky side is me, and Coleman is a composite of friends I’ve know over the years.
– How much time did you need to finish the story and to publish it?
– I’ve been doing a book a year for 18 years now.
– When you started the series did you expect that you will reach 19 novels and counting?
– Not remotely. I didn’t even think I’d get the first one published. I wrote it for fun and so i wouldn’t look back and regret never having tried – and then, what do you know?
– Who are you?
– Very young at heart and enthusiastic about the little fun things in life. Also a bit intense when I focus on something.
– What are your writing habits?
– Get a good night’s rest and then hit the computer as soon as I get up and go until dinner.
– Are you satisfied by the interest and pre-sales of your book?
– I’m thrilled at all than anyone is reading the books. I’m still pinching myself.
– What are you doing to promote your book by the best possible way?
– I average more than a hundred book events a year. It’s worked out so far.
– When we will see your next novel and would you unveil something more about it?
– Another year from now. All I can say currently is it involves gambling in Florida.
– What is the article or story written by you as a reporter that you will always remember?
– Covering a midnight execution in Alabama back when they still had the electric chair.
– Why you decided to call it a day with journalistic and to concentrate just on writing novels?
– That was my dream all along: to write for newspapers until I built up the ability to take a crack at books.
– If you may ask yourself one question in the interview what it will be?
– Did you ever expect people would get tattoos of your books? Never even imagined it.