Interview Leona DeRosa Bodie

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

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.




A brilliant marine archaeologist… A needy college student… A ruthless tycoon… In 1696 the sailing ship Mystique sank and took with it Jonathan Dickinson’s gold,
diamonds, and a treasury of riches. Now the wreck believed to be the Mystique remains shrouded in mystery until an ancient journal sheds light on its location,
but a dispute over ownership blocks the excavation. In a fight against time with the threat of Jamaica’s colorful past overpowering the present,
three powerful men lay claim to the sunken treasure. The struggle that ensues pits them against one another as 400 years of Jamaica’s brutal history is revealed.
In a sweeping saga stretching back to 17th Century Africa and the British Isles, these three adventurers and their forebears-an ex-slave, a notorious pirate and a
wealthy merchant-battle for ownership of the treasure and are drawn into the grit and greed of 17th Century Port Royal, Jamaica the wickedest city known to mankind.
When their pursuit leads to chaos, kidnapping and murder, the question becomes, who will prevail?

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