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Barbara Levenson Sixty seconds with Barbara Levenson...


Barbara Levenson has spent much of her life in the criminal justice building in Miami, Florida. She began her legal career as a prosecutor. Later she headed her own law office handling criminal defense and civil rights cases. She recently retired as a senior judge in MIami-Dade county, FL. The shepherd, Sam, in the Mary Magruder Katz mystery series is based on the mischievous dogs that live with the Levensons.
RTE: Describe yourself in a sentence?

Levenson: Barbara Levenson is a woman who never takes no for an answer

RTE: What's the one record you'd take to a desert island?

Levenson: The one record I would take to a desert island is anything from Comedy Central. I would need to keep laughing if I were stranded alone. If I had some young male hotty with me I wouldnít need a record.

RTE: What did you want to be when you were growing up?

Levenson: I wanted to be the editor of a newspaper. Itís a good thing I became a lawyer since newspapers seem to be going out of style.


RTE: Who's your oldest friend?

Levenson: My oldest friend (not in years, but in time of friendship) is a girl I met in kindergarten when we were both four years old. We still visit, correspond and try to remember each otherís birthdays.


RTE: If I ruled the world...

Levenson: If I ruled the world all governments would be run by dogs. The only wars would be fought over tennis balls, and once the Alpha dog was elected everyone would fall in line.


RTE: Which book do you wish you'd written?

Levenson: The book I wish I had written is the Harry Potter series. It must be wonderful to have such a great imagination.


RTE: What makes you angry?

Levenson: What makes me angry? Right-wing Republicans.

RTE: Name your five dream dinner party guests.

Levenson: My five dream dinner party guests: Julia Child, who I would con into doing the cooking; F. Scott Fitzgerald, who knew how to liven up a party; Abraham Lincoln, who would tell us the secret to managing disparate politicians; Justice Sandra Day OíConnor, whose stories of female firsts would engage us in enlightening conversation; and my husband who would keep any of the other guests from monopolizing the conversation and would help with the dishes when everyone else had gone.


RTE: Who would you least like to be stuck in a lift with?

Levenson: I would least like to be stuck in a lift with Ted Cruz. Itís possible we would talk each other to death.


RTE: What inspired you to start writing?

Levenson: I really donít know what inspired me to write. From the time I learned to read and write, I have loved putting words on a page and seeing stories emerge.


RTE: Where would you most like to live?

Levenson: I would most like to live exactly where I do live; Miami from late October to mid-May, and Quechee, Vermont, from mid-May to late October. This the best of all worlds. A stimulating city with sub-tropical weather, and the peace and quiet and beauty of Vermont.


RTE: Sum up your latest book in no more than 12 words.

Levenson: A summary of my latest book OUTRAGEOUS OCTOBER: Mayhem and murder follow Mary from tropical Miami to blustery Vermont.


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