Randy Wayne White

Nov 30, 2004
Outside Magazine

When Randy Wayne White published his first "Doc Ford" crime novel Sanibel Flats in 1990, the Denver Post described him as "a major new talent who has produced a virtually perfect piece of work." The American Independent Mystery Booksellers Association later honored his debut book as one of the "Hundred Favorite Mysteries of the 20th Century." Before taking up writing, White worked for 13 years as a tackle-fishing guide at Tarpon Bay Marina on Sanibel Island, Florida, eventually making more than 3,000 charter cruises. White's eleven novels featuring marine biologist Ford and his bumbling companions from Dinkin's Bay draw heavily from White's own saltwater experience. His skill at developing memorable characters and humorous dialogue has won him many fans. As an Editor at Large for Outside, White has authored more than 25 articles, taking on risky subjects like lightning stalkers and drug barons, but also sloshing through a cruise aboard the luxury ocean liner Queen Mary II for the October 2004 issue. An avid wind-surfer, White also motors his 21-Maverick flat boat in the waters surrounding the Florida home he shares with his golden retriever. His "Doc Ford" Website can be accessed here: http://rwwhite.com/

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