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Winner of a 2010 Royal Palm Literary Award, the 2010 Premier Books Award and Creative Child Magazine's 2007 Preferred Choice Award.

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In addition to an illustrated children's book and a mainstream suspense novel, I've also written articles, feature stories, marine guides, poems, short stories and business reviews for such publications as Cruising World, Latitudes & Attitudes, Around Town Business Quarterly, various E-zines and literary magazines. For the past 4 years I've been a freelance writer and contributing editor.

Most recently, I worked as executive for a brokerage firm and president of the Greater Miami Society of Human Resource Management before shifting to writing books. In the early 1980s, I worked for ABC Affiliate WPLG/TV-10, a division of The Washington Post, as their Miami, Florida human resources manager/ newsletter editor with additional community ascertainment assignments.

Over the years, I've written and edited corporate newsletters for Post-Newsweek's Channel 10, The Greater Miami Society for Human Resource Management, and ViewWay Mobile Media.Prior to my stint in corporate America, I worked as a teacher for 5 years in N. J., where I met my husband who's a seafaring Forensic Chemist. Seeking balmy skies and waters, we relocated to Florida to raise our two sons.

For three decades, writing has been my passion and my release. Though at times it's been a challenge finding time for everything, including raising a family in a dynamic city, working full time, re-engineering my career, taking care of aged parents and simultaneously building our home, from scratch I might add.That's right, we laid concrete foundations, erected cinder blocks, applied stucco, and learned to do electrical work and plumbing from Time/Life Books, while our youngest played in a playpen beside us.

I have a bachelor's degree with dual majors in English and Education from Fairleigh Dickinson University. As the oldest of five, I'm the first person in my family to attend college. Paving the way for the others, I've been fortunate to see my brother and sisters earn the same distinction. Although we are of Portuguese descent, I am fairly fluent in Spanish and only speak a smattering of Portuguese. That's hard to explain, especially, when the latter is my mother's first tongue.

The best explanation is I was born in Camden and grew up in Mickleton, New Jersey, even though most of my relatives hail from New England, the largest Portuguese community outside of Brazil. After a detour to California, I've lived with my family mostly in Florida, and now call home the Treasure Coast, just north of West Palm Beach -- where One Is Fun (WRB Publishing, May 2007) is set.

I am a N.J. certified teacher, possess a lifetime certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources, and am a member of PMA, FWA, the Martin County Writer's Association, and the Word Weavers' Critique Group.

Birth Place
Camden, NJ USA

Leona was awarded a Senior Professional in Human Resources certification in 1994 by the Society for Human Resource Management, the leading voice of more than 165,000 professional members and the world’s largest human resource management association. She was again recognized in 1997 by the HR Certification Institute of the Society of Human Resource Management for achieving a lifetime certification.

In August 2003 she successfully completed the Writer’s Digest School’s Novel Writing Workshop, and in January 2004 won The Stuart News/Scripps News Second Annual Writing Contest by creating a recurring hero in a fictitious series of crime/mystery novels.

In 2005 and 2006, she won Byline Magazine’s Short-Short Story, Short-Article, and Character Sketch Honorable Mention Awards.

Additional Information

CURRENT PROJECT: After sailing extensively in Florida and the Bahamas and holding leadership positions in the broadcast communications, pharmaceutical, health-care and technology sectors, Leona decided to put down what she knew in novel form and created Madeleine Nesbitt, a beautiful young Bahamian, and Peter Duncan, a brilliant American scientist. Part suspense, part epic saga and all about the journey of self-discovery, SHADOW CAY unfolds as these two people - united by fate and a sense of justice - face personal tragedy, international terrorists, and the shady side of corporate America, as they struggle to cope with a shared sense of loss and despair.

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Leona Bodie, author of One Is Fun
A great site for parents, grandparents, caregivers & teachers with links to lots of free stuff, lesson plans and fun children's activities. Introducing an exciting, new children's book, One is Fun. His little legs wobbly, his first steps unsure, baby Logan ventures out. Share the journey! Starting with his first birthday, One is Fun chronicles his adventures over the course of a year. Spread by spread, teaming with amazing watercolor illustrations, babies and parents and grandparents can share the fascination each new day brings. Inspired by life and sturdy for little hands, this picture book with its gentle rhyming text, helps children build social skills and find joy in family interactions. Not only will toddlers love the sweet story, but their older siblings will too.

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