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           Randy Wayne White is a New York Times best selling author whose novel, Sanibel Flats, was chosen by the American Independent Mystery Booksellers Association as one of the Hundred Favorite Mysteries of the  20th Century . . . .


        Randy’s novels featuring marine biologist Doc Ford and quirky pal, Tomlinson, have enjoyed a growing cult following since the first book appeared in 1990.  Randy was a light-tackle fishing guide at Tarpon Bay Marina, Sanibel Island for 13-years, did more than 3,000 charters, and draws heavily on those experiences for his novels about Dr. Marion Ford and friends at Dinkin’s Bay.

    Randy’s sixteenth novel, DEAD SILENCE, was published by G.P. Putnam's Sons in the Spring of 2009 to reviews that cemented his position as "one of the hottest writers in America" (Booklist). His previous novels, BLACK WIDOW, HUNTER’S MOON, DARK LIGHT, EVERGLADES, TWELVE MILE LIMIT, SHARK RIVER, TEN THOUSAND ISLANDS, THE MANGROVE COAST, NORTH OF HAVANA, CAPTIVA, and others have accumulated devoted fans world wide. About Randy, the Denver Post wrote "He is a major new talent who has produced a virtually perfect piece of work." The Tampa Tribune called Randy, "the rightful heir to John D. MacDonald."

    A collection of essays, Batfishing in the Rainforest also received excellent reviews.  Paul Theroux (author of The Mosquito Coast) wrote:  "Batfishing in the Rainforest contains equal parts of comedy and courage. Randy White is not simply a wonderful writer; he is a fishing guide of genius.”


    Randy was a monthly columnist for Outside Magazine, and traveled the world, writing about natural history, archaeology, anthropology, travel and politics. He covered the America's Cup in Australia, and has written about Africa, Sumatra, Singapore, Central America, Vietnam, Borneo, Malaysia, the Caribbean, and South America. He has dog sledded in Alaska and brought back refugees from Cuba.

        “When my marina closed in 1987, I wasn’t qualified to do anything, so I wrote Sanibel Flats.  I had two young sons, a lot of bills, so failure wasn’t an option.  It is a rare day when I do not reflect on my good luck to have succeeded in a very tough profession.”

                   -- RWW

About his writing career, Randy -- known as Rando to pals -- says, “When my marina closed in 1987, I wasn’t qualified to do anything, so I wrote Sanibel Flats.  I had two young sons, a lot of bills, so failure wasn’t an option.  It is a rare day when I do not reflect on my good luck to have succeeded in a very tough profession.”  As Doc Ford fans would agree, Rando has done more than simply succeed.  Based on his guiding years at Tarpon Bay Marina, Sanibel, he has created characters that have become literary favorites.  Randy has won the Conch Republic Award for literature, along with notables John Cheever, Peter Matthiessen, Jim Harrison, and Thomas McGuane. He also won the John D. MacDonald Award for Literary Excellence. His national PBS documentary The Gift of the Game, about taking baseball gear to kids in Cuba won the Woods Hole Film festival Best of Festival Award.  White lives  in an old house on an Indian mound, an acre on the bay (right), traveling and socializing in his 21-Maverick flats boat.  He does a national book-signing tour every spring, and can also be found regularly at Doc Ford’s Sanibel Rum Bar and Grille on Sanibel Island and also at the Doc Ford’s bay-side Fort Myers Beach location.   (Bio and interview by Stephen Grendon)

Contact info: Sanibelflats@yahoo.com

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             DOC FORD NOVELS

Sanibel Flats (1990, St. Martin's Press)

The Heat Islands (1992, St. Martin's Press)

The Man Who Invented Florida (1993, St. Martin's)

Captiva (1996, G.P. Putnam's Sons)

North of Havana (1997, G.P. Putnam's Sons)

The Mangrove Coast (1998, G.P. Putnam's Sons)

Ten Thousand Islands (2000, G.P. Putnam's Sons)

Shark River (2001, G.P. Putnam's Sons)

Twelve Mile Limit (2002, G.P. Putnam's Sons)

Everglades (2003, G.P. Putnam's Sons)

Tampa Burn (2004, G.P. Putnam's Sons)

Dead of Night (2005, G.P. Putnam's Sons)

Dark Light (2006, G.P. Putnam's Sons)

Hunter's Moon (2007, G.P. Putnam's Sons)

Black Widow (2008, G.P. Putnam's Sons)

DEAD SILENCE (2009 G.P. Putnam's Sons)


Batfishing in the Rainforest (1991, Lyons & Burford)

The Sharks of Lake Nicaragua (1999, Lyon's Press)

Last Flight Out (2002, Lyons Press)

An American Traveler (2003, Lyons Press)

Gulf Coast Cookbook: With memories and photos of Sanibel Island, photographs by Carlene Fredericka Brennen (2006 Pequot Press)

Fiction by "Randy Striker"

Key West Connection (1981)

The Deep Six (1981)

Cuban Death-lift (1981)

The Deadlier Sex (1981)

Assassin's Shadow (1981)

Everglades Assault (1982)

Grand Cayman Slam (1982)