Leona DeRosa Bodie decided the novel churning around in her brain for 15 years really deserved her attention. So she left her job to write full time. Her first novel SHADOW CAY went on to become an Amazon bestseller. Since Leona’s emergence on the thriller-suspense scene in 2010 and winning six literary awards, she has been praised for her ability to create action and intrigue. Her work, says Bella Online Mystery Editor Edie Dykeman, “sets a strong pace from the start with riveting action and dialogue.” A strong believer of writers helping writers, Leona is the Florida Writers Association’s Regional Director and past vice president.



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Topics of conversation

  • How Illiteracy Drove My Life Choices

  • Literacy and helping youth enhance their writing skills & FWA’s Youth Writers Program

  • Re-Engineering To Cope With The Changing Times

  • Following Dreams

  • Sailing in the Bahamas