Chekhov wrote, “Medicine is my wife, writing my mistress.” As an emergency room physician, I fought disease, saved lives, and brought hope to those in pain. These interactions provided inspiration to my passion, the joy of expression found in writing.
I came by my writing skills from both sides of my ancestry. My mother, Beatrice S. Levin, published about 30 books and a thousand articles. As well as being the author of scores of scientific works, my father, Franklyn K. Levin, edited the magazine Geophysics for several years, taking up poetry after retirement.
I’ve always been a writer. During college I edited the college newspaper. I graduated debt free from medical school, earning enough from sales of my writing to pay my tuition. Raising my family and tackling my career slowed my writing output for two decades, and once the children were off in college, I settled down to learning the craft.
I published my first novel, “Inheritance,” in 2007, delighting in its successful landing on the local best-seller list. Eighteen books later, came my award winning "Tides of Mississippi (2015)," Southern literature with a touch of romance.
Raising my children, I adored reading juvenile literature, knowing someday I'd produce my own. Using photos I've taken on my travels, I produced photo-illustrated children's books. My first children’s photo-book, “Consuto and the Rain God,” set in China, tells a fable based on a Rain God. "Ndovu the Elephant," follows a baby elephant cavorting on the Serengeti in Kenya, and "Bill the Blue-Footed Boobie," gives a photo-tale set in the Galapagos Islands. For older children, I created the delightfully funny "Princess Priscilla" series
My eclectic writing genres include Mississippi history, a collection of my father's poetry, and an historical fiction, "Altered Perspectives," two Old testament tales from my Jewish upbringing.
Besides my own writing, I'm dedicated to promoting others interested in the craft. Serving as president of the Gulf Coast Writers Association since 2005, I'm the editor of the writing group’s magazine “Magnolia Quarterly,” produce their yearly anthology, organize large writing conferences, and secure monthly lecturers (please contact me if you're a professional author, editor, or publicist and wish to be considered as a lecturer).
I love traveling and documenting my travels with photography and blogs. Over the past dozen years I've taken ten medical missionary trips, including to Africa, South America, India, and Latin America. My book, "On a Mission," documents some of these trips, complete with a dozen poems and 200 photos.
Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm available to give lectures to library groups or writing clubs. Or we can discuss my books or your own writing ambition.