“Every successful thriller needs both good villains and protagonists, and Leona Bodie is a treat to read because of the way the author goes about delineating her characters. She’s a fresh new talent … with something interesting and original to say.”
After teaching high school English in New Jersey and a high stakes stint in private industry in Florida, she decided the novel churning around in her brain for 15 years really deserved her attention. So she left her job to write full time.
While sailing 1,700 miles in the Bahamian Out Islands, Leona wrote her first novel. SHADOW CAY went on to become an Amazon bestseller and to win the Reader Views Literary Award for best Mystery/ Thriller/Suspense. That’s when she started doing the happy dance and hasn’t stopped yet.
Since her 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 in her novels. Her work, says Bella Online Mystery Editor Edie Dykeman, “sets a strong pace from the start with riveting action and dialogue. The beautiful Bahamas background adds contrast to the frightening action and gritty texture of her story.” Carol Hoyer of Readers Views says, “Readers and reviewers are raving it’s one of the best crime suspense novels in years.”
A strong believer of writers helping writers, she is the Florida Writers Association’s Regional Director, past vice president and founder of the Palm City WordWeavers. Feel free to stop by and visit her. You’re more than welcome to follow her, friend her, and/or tell her to stop being distracted by the Internet. She has a life outside of Facebook but can’t remember the password for it!
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