Barbara Sattler retired in 2008 after spending 28 years in the criminal justice system with no plan. A friend invited her to a writing class and a new passion was born. Her first novel, "Dog Days," combined her expertise in the criminal justice system with her passion for dogs. Her second novel, "Anne Levy’s Last Case," is dedicated to public defenders. The reader is immersed in the daily life of a public defender as she visits clients at the jail, vies with prosecutors and judges and tries a murder case.
All the proceeds of Sattler's books go the Transverse Myelitis Association a non-profit that supports adults and children with rare neurological diseases and funds research to find cures. Sattler was diagnosed with TM in 2001.
Besides writing, Sattler is also on the board of the Haven, a drug rehab facility for women and was instrumental in beginning the countywide veteran's diversion court. She is still a consultant to the veteran’s legal clinic.
Sattler lives with her husband, Kenney Hegland, a retired law professor and writer without whose editing help and support none of her books would have been finished, Toby, a black lab and Teddy, a rescue dog of mixed parentage, two of the many dogs who have enriched her life. Her son Ben lives in Tucson and manages a bar.