Saturday, March 25, 2006

Author Turns Hurricane Charley Experiences into Novel

The Southwest Florida HeraldTribune recently ran an article on Randy Wayne White, author of the latest Doc Ford mystery, Dark Light. A cache of Nazi artifacts uncovered by a Category 4 hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico lies at the heart of the story.

As reported by Susan L. Rife, in White's life, a major unexpected event occurred on Aug. 13, 2004, when Hurricane Charley tore across Pine Island, where White has lived for many years in an old Cracker-style house on a 30-foot-tall shell mound. She adds that White's frustration at the aftermath of [Hurricane] Charley comes through in Dark Light, where Doc Ford's journal lifts a few lines from White's own journal.

White's worst personal loss was four of his five copies of his first book, Sanibel Flats. He had thought they'd be clear of danger wrapped in plastic with other rare books and stored in a steel safe. Alas, they were soaked.

Read her complete article on Randy Wayne White here.

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