Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida, where he still lives.
A graduate of the University of Florida, at age 23 he joined The Miami Herald as a general assignment reporter and went on to work for the newspaper’s weekly magazine and prize-winning investigations team. Since 1985 Hiaasen has been writing a regular column. Hiaasen began writing novels for adult readers in early 1980s. Hiaasen is also the author of several popular novels for young readers: Hoot, which won a Newbery Honor, Flush, Scat and, most recently, Skink – No Surrender, which introduces one of the wildest characters in his adult books to a teen audience. Together, his books have been published in 34 languages, which is 33 more than he can read or write. The London Observer has called him “America’s finest satirical novelist”.
BBC interviews Carl Hiaasen on HARDtalk - Is Florida the state where the American dream turned sour? HARDtalk's Stephen Sackur talks to writer Carl Hiaasen whose darkly comic novels are set in the Sunshine State.
The character of Skink, the vagabond, environmental vigilante ex-governor of Florida has become a beloved part of many of Carl Hiaasen's best-selling novels. Now he's written "Skink — No Surrender" his debut novel for teens.
As Hiaasen tells Here & Now's Robin Young, part of the inspiration for the book came from his 14-year-old son.
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