“Duma Key,” the eagerly-awaited new Stephen King novel, hits bookstores on Tuesday. It’s the author’s first book set in Florida, where King has been spending his winters in recent years (Sarasota). The plot: Edgar Freemantle, a Minnesota entrepreneur, loses his right arm in a construction accident, and his wife to divorce. and moves to the fictional island for a new start. There he begins painting, and “strange start to happen.” King, who still calls Maine home, is interviewed in the current issue of “Time.”

I think [Florida is] where pop novelists go to die, in a way. It does feel a little like retirement now, but why not? I’m 60 now, so I can kick back a little bit. Sixty’s the new 50, and dead is the new alive.