Alligator Preserves Episode 48: “Last Gasp” with Author Howard Levine

Last Gasp, by author Howard Levine. A page-turning thriller!

Author Howard Levine talks with Laurel about “Last Gasp,” his new political thriller, and about his writing process and where he finds inspiration.

Laurel still can’t believe Howard hasn’t read Dan Brown . . . !



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Show Notes with Links:

  • Author Howard Levine

    Howard Levine introduces himself and his work.

  • Laurel is reminded of Dan Brown’s The DaVinci Code.
  • Link to Howard’s interview in The Big Thrill (Oct ’18).
  • How Howard was able to make readers feel some compassion for his villain.
  • Religious zealotry and its manifestation in our world.
  • Laurel discusses Howard’s stunning sentences and sense of place, and asks about when he knew he could write well. (He had a short story class with author Joseph Heller, who validated Howard’s writing! YIKES!)
  • Howard and Marian Levine in Quebec City, Quebec

    Who inspired him to write “Last Gasp”?

  • Howard discusses his characters and how he comes up with names.
  • Blues singer Susan Tedeschi.
  • Developing the brother relationship.
  • Vietnam Vets Against the War (VVAW)
  • Howard talks about his writing routine and offers advice to writers and authors.
  • Transcendental Meditation in his daily routine.
  • Howard at a reading at Bowie Public Library, Bowie, MD

    Black Opal Books
    Literary Agent Donna Eastman
    Authors Carol Bellhouse and Stephanie Spong (Laurel’s editors!)

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Laurel lives and laughs and publishes and podcasts in Colorado's Rocky Mountains! She has published several multi-genre books and hosts the podcast "Alligator Preserves," where she interviews fascinating people, talks about the human condition, and shares scary stories from her "Dark Ebb" collection.

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