Carl Hiaasen Biography
Carl Hiaasen is a famous American novelist and journalist best known for his humorous crime thriller adult novels set in Florida. He started out as a newspaper reporter, only writing during his free time before finally taking up writing as a full-time career.
Hiaasen’s career spans multiple facets of the literary world, making him a prominent figure in journalism, fiction, and even children’s literature. His journey began as a reporter at TODAY before joining the Miami Herald in 1976.
At the Herald, he showcased his versatility by contributing to the city desk, Sunday magazine, and an award-winning investigative team. Mid-1985 marked the start of his engaging column writing, a journey he continued until his retirement in March 2021. These columns were subsequently compiled into three published volumes: “Kick-Ass” (1999), “Paradise Screwed” (2001), and “Dance of the Reptiles” (2014), edited by Diane Stevenson.
Hiaasen’s family played a significant role in his life and work. His only brother, Rob Hiaasen, was an editor and columnist at The Capital newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland, and his memory is forever linked to Carl’s 1991 novel “Native Tongue,” dedicated to him.
Parallel to his journalism career, Hiaasen began crafting novels in his spare time, often collaborating with fellow journalist William Montalbano. Their collaborative efforts resulted in titles like “Powder Burn” (1981), “Trap Line” (1982), and “A Death in China” (1984). In 1986, Hiaasen made his solo debut as a novelist with “Tourist Season,” introducing readers to a group of eco-warriors who kidnap the Orange Bowl Queen in Miami. This engaging narrative even inspired a song by Jimmy Buffett, “The Ballad of Skip Wiley.”
Hiaasen’s fiction resonated with readers, with twenty of his novels and nonfiction books gracing the New York Times Best Seller lists. His literary success extended globally, with translations of his work available in 34 languages. Notably, his 2016 novel “Razor Girl” received recognition in England as it was short-listed for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Award for comic fiction.
Hiaasen’s influence also extended to the world of film and television. His novel “Striptease” was adapted into a 1996 feature film starring Demi Moore and Burt Reynolds. Another book, “Bad Monkey,” is in the process of being adapted into a series for Apple TV, set to air in the fall of 2023, starring Vince Vaughn.
His foray into young adult literature began with “Hoot” in 2002, which earned him a Newbery Medal honor. The novel was later adapted into a film in 2006, directed by Wil Shriner and featuring songs by Jimmy Buffett.
His subsequent children’s novels, such as “Flush,” “Scat,” “Chomp,” “Skink—No Surrender,” “Squirm,” and “Wrecker,” all incorporate environmental themes, eccentric characters, and adventurous plots. “Squirm” debuted at #4 on the New York Times bestseller list for middle-grade novels.
In 2023, Hiaasen released “Wrecker,” set in Key West during the COVID-19 pandemic. This thriller has been commended for its real-life relevance and engaging storytelling.
His latest adult novel, “Squeeze Me,” published in August 2020, debuted at #2 on the New York Times Combined Print and E-Book Print Best Sellers List. The novel is set during the glitzy Palm Beach social season and features wild pythons and a fictional U.S. president with a vacation mansion on the island, receiving praise from Amazon and the Washington Post as one of the best novels of 2020.
Beyond his fictional work, Hiaasen dabbled in nonfiction with “Assume the Worst: The Graduation Speech You’ll Never Hear,” published in April 2018 and illustrated by Roz Chast of The New Yorker fame.
During the 1990s, Hiaasen collaborated with the late Warren Zevon to co-write the lyrics of three songs: “Rottweiler Blues” and “Seminole Bingo” featured on Zevon’s Mutineer album (1995), and “Basket Case,” which coincided with Hiaasen’s novel of the same name and appeared on Zevon’s album “My Ride’s Here” in 2001.
Carl Hiaasen Age
Hiaasen is 70 years old as of 2023. He was born on March 12, 1953, in the USA
Carl Hiaasen Family
Carl was born and raised in Plantation, Florida, the United States by his loving parents, Odel and Patricia Hiaasen. He is of both Norwegian and Irish ancestry. Hiaasen is the first of four children. Hiaasen earned a journalism degree from the University of Florida. While in college, he often wrote for “The Independent Florida Alligator”.
Carl Hiaasen Wife
Hiaasen is married to his loving wife, Kaitlyn Fox. He was previously married to Connie Lyford from 1970-1996 and later on to Fenia Clizer from 1999-2019. Carl got married to his lovely wife Kaitlyn Fox in a glamorous wedding attended by their friends and family.
Carl Hiaasen’s Net Worth
Hiaasen has an estimated net worth of $1 million – $5 million as of 2023.
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Carl Hiaasen Books In Order
Here are Carl Hiaasen’s books in the order of their release:
- Powder Burn (1981)
- Trap Line (1982)
- A Death in China (1984)
- Tourist Season (1986)
- Double Whammy (1987)
- Skin Tight (1989)
- Native Tongue (1991)
- Strip Tease (1993)
- Stormy Weather (1995)
- Naked Came the Manatee (1996)
- Lucky You (1997)
- Sick Puppy (2000)
- Basket Case (2002)
- Skinny Dip (2004)
- Nature Girl (2006)
- Star Island (2010)
- Bad Monkey (2013)
- Razor Girl (2016)
- Squeeze Me (2020)
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