April 16, 2014
Our featured author is Laura Kennedy. She has recently sold her young adult novel, Double Take, to Fire and Ice, a division of Melange Publishing. It is scheduled to be released in March 2014. Set in the fictitious town of Coral Cove, Florida (which sounds suspiciously like Tarpon Springs), Double Take is about sixteen-year-old Brooke Bentley whose convertible breaks down one night in front of an old Victorian on Spring Bayou. With a dead battery and dead cell phone, Brooke runs to the door of one of the relics, hoping it’s the home of her mother’s friend, Elaine. Instead she’s greeted by an elderly butler in a faded black tux who reminds her of the guy on the box of Uncle Ben’s Rice, except he isn’t smiling. Invited out of the rain, Brooke meets Laura de France, a delusional 1950’s movie star who claims she starred in the role of Gwyneth opposite actor Robert Wagner in the movie Beneath the 12-Mile Reef. Interestingly enough, the actual movie was filmed here in Tarpon Springs in 1953. For more information on the author, please go to http://laurakennedy17.wordpress.com.
March 19, 2014
Tim Dorsey was born in Indiana, moved to Florida at the age of 1, and grew up in a small town about an hour north of Miami called Riviera Beach. He graduated from Auburn University in 1983. While at Auburn, he was editor of the student newspaper, The Plainsman. From 1983 to 1987, he was a police and courts reporter for The Alabama Journal, the now-defunct evening newspaper in Montgomery. He joined The Tampa Tribune in 1987 as a general assignment reporter. He also worked as a political reporter in the Tribune’s Tallahassee bureau and a copy desk editor. From 1994 to 1999, he was the Tribune’s night metro editor. He left the paper in August 1999 to write full time. Tim has since published seventeen novels in several languages: Florida Roadkill, Hammerhead Ranch Motel, Orange Crush, Triggerfish Twist, The Stingray Shuffle, Cadillac Beach, Torpedo Juice, The Big Bamboo, Hurricane Punch, Atomic Lobster, Nuclear Jellyfish, Gator A-Go-Go, Electric Barracuda, When Elves Attack, Pineapple Grenade, The Riptide Ultra-Glide andTiger Shrimp Tango (January 28th, 2014). He lives in Tampa with his family. For more information on this author, please go to http://www.timdorsey.com/home.html.