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Florida Roadkill By: Tim Dorsey Narrated by: George Wilson audiobook :review

Knights of the Pageless Library

Today the knights look at Florida Roadkill By: Tim Dorsey Narrated by: George Wilson audiobook 


31 Jul 2021

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S1 E14 Tim Dorsey

That's a Hard No

In this episode, we talk with Tim Dorsey about his battle with cancer, overcoming challenges, and how "doing the reps" and understanding that "everything is everything" can help shift your mindset and change your reality. Visit our website – hardnopodcast.com – for show notes, which include links to books, websites, and other resources mentioned on the podcast. Like what you hear? Please subscribe, rate and review so others can find us, and make sure to follow us on social media. We're @hardnopodcast on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/hardnopodcast/message

1hr 28mins

4 May 2021

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Tim Dorsey on Writing About Florida as a Floridian

The Literary Life with Mitchell Kaplan

On today’s episode of The Literary Life, Mitchell Kaplan talks to Tim Dorsey about his new book, Tropic of Stupid, out now from William Morrow & Company. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


19 Feb 2021

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Episode 56 - Researching Facts When Writing Fiction (with Tim Dorsey)

Write Your Best Book

When you hear the words “fact” and “fiction,” I’m guessing you consider them mutually exclusive. I also bet you would wonder why I suggest to all my author clients that they conduct fact research before they write their books. Here’s the...


12 Feb 2021

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Tim Dorsey

The Orlando Talk Show with Ross McCoy

https://www.timdorsey.com/ The original intent of The Orlando Talk Show with Ross McCoy was to debunk the "Florida Man Myth".  The staff thought, if we really wanted to debunk the Florida Man Myth, we should go to the Florida Man that has met the Florida-est of Florida Men (and Florida Women).   The one true expert on Florida Man (He wrote a book called "Naked Came the Florida Man") is Tim Dorsey.  Years of travel and research has given him a unique perspective on the subject. There is a lot of topics covered, and it's just a fun romp through the appendix of America.   And if you have a TOTS tat, send us a picture so we have a reason to put the website back up. Special Thanks to the The Cryptographers for granting us permission to use their song "Florida Man" in this episode. Check out the full song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tHA8OogvWA


17 Aug 2020

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Ep 002 - Florida Man Hosts Library Podcast featuring Lauren Gibaldi and Tim Dorsey

Shelf Centered

Hosts Mike, Cynthia and Scottie discuss Florida Literature - for better or for worse - with authors Lauren Gibaldi and Tim Dorsey. This episode also includes updates on Orange County Library System's ongoing response to COVID-19 and staff reading recommendations. Links to content mentioned: OCLS YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/oclsvideos Andre M. (Library Social Worker) Email: referencecentral@ocls.info Staff Picks section of website: https://www.ocls.info/books-movies-more/staff-picks Lauren Gibaldi's Books: https://bit.ly/2xcoi4n Tim Dorsey's Books: https://bit.ly/2URniMn OCLS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/oclslib/ OCLS Twitter: https://twitter.com/oclslibrary


8 Apr 2020

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#05: Tim Dorsey – "I Don’t Think You Will Make It to See Your Daughter Born"

The Underdog Podcast

Have you ever met someone who has had every card stacked against them but continues to smile?  Let us introduce Tim Dorsey. He inspires people daily. Pushes people to be their best selves. He has changed more lives than even he realizes. So why is he an underdog?  Two little humans called him dad, but he hit rock bottom after a divorce and an inability to provide Christmas for his children. He discusses the support of his family and the impact they had on him turning his life around. Life turns around, he meets a beautiful woman. They wed. They get pregnant. His personal training business is on the rise. He is in the best shape of his life. Then he hears the word everyone dreads. Cancer. At first, he refuses treatment... How does he overcome his latest hurtle? Tune in.  Follow Tim on Social Media:  Facebook: Tim Dorsey Fitness Follow The Underdog Podcast on Social Media: Twitter: @UnderdogPod Instagram: @underdog_pod Facebook: The Underdog Podcast

1hr 7mins

13 Oct 2019

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#15 Tropical Shirts and Tight Deadlines - Tim Dorsey

Completely Booked - Official Podcast of the Jacksonville Public Library

Jenna and Hurley go live with author Tim Dorsey from the Beaches Branch Library. Tim Dorsey is a dark satirical Florida author from Tampa, known for his outrageous serial character Serge A. Storms. Tim takes time before his appearance at the Flamingo Book Club at the Beaches Library to talk about his transition from life as a reporter to writing 23 novels. 


17 Sep 2018

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The Halli Casser-Jayne Show

Get out your face masks, buy stock in hand sanitizer and batten down the hatches, germs are catching and the next plague might be right around the corner. In GET WELL SOON, HISTORY'S WORST PLAGUES AND THE HEROES WHO FOUGHT THEM author Jennifer Wright takes us on a sometimes witty and irreverent tour of history's worst plagues. Throughout time, humans have been terrified and fascinated by the diseases history and circumstance have dropped on them. Some of the responses to those outbreaks are almost too strange to believe in hindsight. Filled with some of the most notorious villains – will history ever let us forget Typhoid Mary? - Wright, a contributor to The New York Observer, The New York Post, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Maxim, and more does the seemingly impossible: Informs, makes you laugh and scares you to death in GET WELL SOON.The bestselling maestro of mayhem Tim Dorsey has been called many things: A nut, a nice guy, the Artist of Literary Insanity. He has written nineteen laugh-riot thrillers, novels fueled by a cast of miscreants among them COCONUT COWBOY, ORANGE CRUSH and FLORIDA ROADKILL. Now he brings to us his twentieth book, the uproarious CLOWNFISH BLUES, featuring everyone’s favorite, gloriously unrepentant Florida serial killer, Serge A. Storms! Dorsey, a former reporter and editor for the Tampa Tribune grew up in a small town about an hour north of Miami called Riviera Beach. Plagues, murder, mayhem, history, laughs there’s something for everyone on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.


15 Feb 2017

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13, Tim Dorsey, novelist, Hurricane Punch, joins us on Mr. Media!

Mr. Media Interviews by Bob Andelman

Today's Guest: Novelist Tim Dorsey, author of Hurricane Punch. (ORIGINALLY POSTED APRIL 2007) Order Hurricane Punch by Tim Dorsey, available from Amazon.com in print or ebook by clicking on the book cover above! The first time I tried my hand at fiction in high school, it was a way of dealing with people and issues that I couldn’t handle in real life. My friends thought it was hysterical and that I was a little twisted. In college, I again used fiction writing for my personal aims, this time to deal with my frustrating inability to get laid as a freshman at the University of Miami. I thought it might be a way of leveling the playing field. It didn’t change my virginal status, but as the manuscript was handed around the dormitory, I earned a different kind of reputation. I was the guy who remembered and chronicled all the stuff that happened when everyone else was falling-down drunk, and I was the guy who, if you messed with me, would get even with you at the typewriter. My father once said to me, “Nothing bad will ever happen to you because you’ll just write about it and get even.” And isn’t that what the power of the press is all about? Twenty-five years later, I read the latest novel by Florida writer Tim Dorsey. Hurricane Punch reminded me of, well, me. As I turned the pages and read about people being barbecued by military meals-ready-to-eat lasagna or being fried by the world’s most powerful guitar amp, I remembered the thrill of brutalizing the people I thought were idiots or who had done me wrong. Dorsey, who’s joining us today (April 12, 2007), is a former journalist who made it out alive, having worked at the Tampa Tribune from 1987 until 1999. Hurricane Punch, which was published in February 2007, is Dorsey’s ninth novel. It’s an all-too-funny story about life in the world’s emerging media capital, Tampa Bay, during hurricane season. It skewers the media left and right, which made it perfect for discussion here. Tim Dorsey Website • Twitter • Facebook • Order Hurricane Punch from Amazon.com BOB ANDELMAN/Mr. MEDIA: Not to make your interview all about me, Tim, but am I the only one who thinks fiction writing is a great place for vengeance? Novelist Tim Dorsey, author of Gator a-go-go TIM DORSEY: Umm, actually, I think maybe that’s the chord that I struck. It’s a lot broader than I think even my publisher or my agent thought. Originally, I guess it was presumed that these would be more of a cult or underground type thing, but just if you look at my Web site, the pictures of my audiences, they look the local neighborhood association. Well, I have a theory about that, and that is that even more so than your background and mine, I think out there there is this kind of untapped reservoir of this feeling that all the people that obey the rules and are good pillars of the community, there is a growing resentment that the people who are breaking the rules are winning. Maybe vicariously, through Serge and the books, they see these miscreants who are getting their just desserts. ANDELMAN: I was kind of reminded of the Zach Braff character on “Scrubs” who is dealing with real life, and you always see what’s actually going on in his head and what he’d like to do and how he’d like to deal with the person. And that’s pretty much what Serge does. I mean, he just deals with it the way he wants to. He doesn’t seem to filter things like the rest of us do. DORSEY: That’s the best part of doing this, it’s a matter of not censoring your imagination, and I think we all have this sort of stream of consciousness to one degree or another where, as we go through the day, we have this internal dialogue, and it’s basically, he is just externalizing our collective internal dialogue, I think. I don’t mean to be so heavy about it (laughs), but really, we all have these little voices and these little things going on as we drive around and curse at people on the highway, anyway… ANDELMAN: Oh, absolutely. Well, I was going to ask you, I mean, it seems like there is a little passive-aggressive streak at work with the author here? Order Tropical Warning: An Original Serge Storms Story and Other Debris by Tim Dorsey, available from Amazon.com in print or ebook by clicking on the book cover above! DORSEY: Oh, absolutely! It’s kind of funny. And I have a great temper, probably as a result of the books, but at the beginning, I guess, maybe there was a lot of bottled-up frustration that ended up coming out as Serge’s violent streak. And then as my dreams came true and I got books published and sales started going up and royalties started going up, I became quite happy. People started complaining that Serge wasn’t killing enough people, and they were criticizing the books, so they pissed me off, and I killed more people. ANDELMAN: A lot of what happens happens on the road in different places, and I got to wondering. I saw that you have done well over 800 personal appearances for the books over the years. Do you find yourself hatching up ways to kill people while you’re out traveling? DORSEY: Yes. Actually, when I speak to writers’ groups, I explain that most of my best writing is -- and I don’t mean to be glib here -- but it’s done like in the shower or while driving. What I mean by that is, I don’t sit down at the computer and think of what I’m going to write. I already pretty much know what I’m going to write by the time I sit down, because I’ve kind of daydreamed it and turned it over and visualized it in my head while doing other stuff. ANDELMAN: Did you ever think that Serge was going to become, I don’t know if alter ego, because, you know, hopefully you’re not quite like that, but did you think that you’d be living with him 10 years later? Order Tiger Shrimp Tango: A Novel (Serge Storms) by Tim Dorsey, available from Amazon.com in print or ebook by clicking on the book cover above! DORSEY: You know, I guess it’s like young people. They don’t look for the future. You know, if you’re 18 or you’re 21, you never think of being 25. It’s like when I started, I just wanted to get one book published and just be able to hold a hardcover with my name on it in my hand, and that would have just been, you know, like winning the lottery, and I really didn’t think beyond that. But it just took off, and I ended up connecting on levels that my publisher and I didn’t necessarily expect. ANDELMAN: You and I have never met or officially crossed paths, but I was actually at the Tampa Tribune in l986. DORSEY: I came in 1987. ANDELMAN: Right, and it wasn’t hard for me to imagine a couple of things while reading Hurricane Punch. One is, I guess by the time you were writing the book, you were a copy editor by then. You were no longer out working a beat. But I know that room that you were in, and I know what had been going on in the years leading up to that. I mean, you make reference in the novel a lot to “convergence,” and I can just imagine a copy editor sitting around daydreaming about other things. Am I wrong this was going on? DORSEY: Doing anything but the work I was paid to do (laughs). ANDELMAN: Exactly. Yes. DORSEY: Actually, it’s interesting. As I was working on the very first book, which was Florida Roadkill, I wasn’t going to have violence or crime or anything in the books, I was just going to have satires on Florida because I felt that would be a crutch, but it’s been a great crutch. I finally had an epiphany that basically the crime and all of the news stories I’ve covered either as a reporter or an editor, it’s what I know, and I had a large tank of material to tap into. Literally the day the first book got published is when I left the Tribune, but while I was working on that first book, I was writing it at home, but as you know, when you write something, it’s constantly, even though you have an outline, it changes as you go along. Each shift at the paper, whatever my imagination might have thought up, quite often reality would trump it. Something would come over the AP wire, or the cop reporter would come over and tell me something, an arrest report he just picked up, and I would slide open my drawer and get my note pad and make a note for the next chapter. ANDELMAN: So you didn’t actually write this at work? I’m very disappointed to hear that. DORSEY: Oh, Hurricane Punch? ANDELMAN: No, I mean Florida Roadkill. I was really hoping to hear that you wrote it in between stories at the Tribune. DORSEY: Oh, no, no. Actually, I really didn’t. I would take shorthand notes if I saw a news story come across that I thought I could use, but no, I did this… And I worked the night desk, so I would think about it at work, but I would come home and write late into the night after the night shift or get up early. It was one of those sorts of med student residency crucibles that you have to survive, pulling a double shift like that, but.... Nobody has time to write a book. You just have to do it while juggling the other job. ANDELMAN: You used up an awful lot of pop culture and Florida news references in this book. I was amazed. It seemed like every time I turned a page, it was like, oh, right, there’s Terry Sciavo… Did you use too many? Did you really have enough for the next book? DORSEY: I’ll tell you, I have a stack of newspapers right next to me here in my office, and it’s like a conveyor belt. You never use it up. Remember the Lucille Ball episode with the cream pies coming down? You’re never going to run out of weird news stories in Florida. There will always be… You can’t get enough books out, frankly. ANDELMAN: You must get asked about this a lot. What is it about Florida? We certainly have this whole Florida fiction genre now. Yourself and Carl Hiaasen and others, and then there’s things like my friend Chuck Shepherd who does the “News of the Weird” column. There is so much that happens in Florida on a regular basis, he does a whole separate thing called “The F State.” Order Pineapple Grenade: A Novel by Tim Dorsey, available from Amazon.com in p


10 Nov 2016