Carl Hiaasen discusses Bad Monkey before a Barnes & Noble audience at a New York book signing, June 11, 2013
March 12, 1953 |
Plantation, Florida, USA
|Genre||Crime fiction, thrillers, satirical fiction|
|Subject||Environmentalism, government corruption|
|Spouse||Fenia Clizer (1999–present)
Connie Lyford (1970–1996)
Hiaasen was born in 1953 and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He was the first of four children, the son of a lawyer, Kermit Odell, and a teacher, Patricia. He has Norwegian ancestry. He started writing at age six when his father got him a typewriter. After graduating from high school in 1970, he entered Emory University, where he contributed satirical humor columns to the student-run newspaper The Emory Wheel. In 1972, he transferred to the University of Florida, where he wrote for The Independent Florida Alligator. Hiaasen graduated in 1974 with a degree in journalism.
After becoming an investigative reporter, Hiaasen began to write novels. His first three were co-written by fellow journalist Montalbano: Powder Burn (1981), Trap Line (1982), and A Death in China (1986). Hiaasen's first venture into writing for children was the 2002 novel Hoot, which was named a Newbery Medal honor book and was adapted as a 2006 film of the same name (starring Logan Lerman). His subsequent children's novel were Flush; Scat; and, most recently, Chomp. All of his young-adult novels have environmental themes. They also have his characteristic unique characters and some theme of adventure.
Hiaasen is also noted as the person who discovered and helped bring the young adult fantasy novel Eragon to the public. The book, written by Christopher Paolini, was self-published and self-promoted by tour throughout the United States without much attention until it came to Hiaasen's notice in 2002. Hiaasen immediately recommended the novel to publishing house Alfred A. Knopf, with which Hiaasen worked. The novel went on to become an astounding success, marking the start of a book series that sold over 30 million copies worldwide.
- Tourist Season (1986)
- Double Whammy (1987)
- Skin Tight (1989)
- Native Tongue (1991)
- Strip Tease (1993) (filmed in 1996 as Striptease by Andrew Bergman, starring Demi Moore and Burt Reynolds)
- Stormy Weather (1995)
- Lucky You (1997)
- Naked Came the Manatee (1998) (Collaboration with 12 other authors)
- Sick Puppy (2000)
- Basket Case (2002)
- Skinny Dip (2004)
- Nature Girl (2006)
- Star Island (2010)
- Bad Monkey (2013)
With Bill Montalbano
Young adult fiction
- Hoot (2002) (young adult novel) (released as a movie in May 2006 by director Wil Shriner)
- Flush (2005) (young adult novel)
- Scat (2009) (young adult novel)
- Chomp (2012) (young adult novel)
- Skink - No Surrender (2014) (young adult novel featuring a recurring character from his adult fiction series)
- Team Rodent: How Disney Devours the World (1998)
- Kick Ass (1999)
- Paradise Screwed: Selected Columns (2001)
- The Downhill Lie (2008)
- Dance of the Reptiles (2014)
- "Biography: Carl Hiaasen". Scholastic. c. 2013. Retrieved March 17, 2013.
- Parvin, Paige. "We Knew Them When". Emory Magazine (Emory University) (Winter 2013). Retrieved March 17, 2013.
- "Biography". Carl Hiaasen's Official Website. Retrieved 2008-10-08.
- Carl Hiaasen (2003-02-18). "A crazed photographer has kidnapped a beautiful model and - 02.18.03 - SI Vault". Vault.sportsillustrated.cnn.com. Retrieved 2012-10-22.
- Official website
- Hiaasen's columns in The Miami Herald
- Works by or about Carl Hiaasen in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
- Carl Hiaasen at Library of Congress Authorities, with 41 catalog records