Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Can you imagine a thriller
author married to a CSI star? I currently live on the Treasure Coast of Florida
with my husband Walt, a Miami-Dade Police Department forensic specialist for 21
years. How neat is that! I’m the author of the upcoming book FEAR
THE WHISPERS, and the award-winning thriller SHADOW CAY, the recipient of
4 awards and several illustrated children’s books. For more details, please
visit my website: www.leonabodie.com.
Originally from NJ, my
career took me from high school English teacher to a biotechnology corporate
executive and president of the Greater Miami Society of Human Resource
Management before I shifted to writing books. Today, I’m a Freelance
Writer, Editor, writing instructor and the winner of 6 national literary
awards. I also serve on the Board of Directors for the Florida Writers
Association, a statewide, nonprofit organization of 1,200 members, dedicated to
the support and networking of both aspiring and published writers in
Describe your book ‘SHADOW CAY’ in 30 words or less.
Suddenly, disaster hits. This catastrophe is only a
tiny taste of the danger that lurks ahead. Someone wants to make sure the
Nesbitt family never makes it out of paradise alive.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Once I’m in the zone, nothing is difficult. The
book writes itself. After self-editing, I send my completed projects to one or
more professional editors. But, pre-publication I struggle through separation
anxiety. It’s hard letting go and I always wrangle with myself about handing
“my baby” over to a publisher.
What books have had the greatest influence on you?
While I do read the classics, mainstream and
literary genres, I particularly love suspense novels and thrillers. I can’t
boil it down to JUST one favorite author. I lean toward mass market favorites.
Give me a Lisa Gardner, Carl Hiaasen, Mary Higgins Clark, James Patterson,
Robin Cook, Tess Gerritsen, Randy Wayne White or a Dean Koontz any day! But the
books that have had the great influence in shaping my writing style and have
also created a dramatic impact on me are the following:
of a Young Girl by Anne Frank.
Dick by Herman Melville
Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) Mark Twain
by Emily Bronte
Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe
by George Orwell
Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell
10. Stephen King: The Stand, Misery, It and Cujo
11. Tess Gerritsen: The Sinner, The Harvest
12. Coma by Robin Cook
Briefly share with us what you do to market your
using BookBuzzr display, including (widgets, contests, games on my website and
my books by publicizing awards and reviews
blasts using opt-in addresses
advertising and independent advertising in electronic catalogs, industry
newsletters and Facebook ads
f. Guest appearances at book clubs, etc.
business cards, flyers, and bookmarks at book fairs and other festivals,
and keeping social media fan pages current
i. Dedicated product website and SEO
j. I promote my book on BookBuzzr, Book Daily,
Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and in the Amazon Kindle forums. I have found the
best advertising is getting to know others.
How do you spend your time when you are not
spending time and traveling with my family and friends, reading thrillers and
enjoying water sports. In my spare time, I’m Vice President, Florida Writers Association, Inc. and Group
Leader, Palm City Word Weavers.
What are you working on next?
In July 2011, I signed on with Trestle Press to
produce a series of digital short stories. The first release, available on
Kindle and Nook, is entitled “COCOONED IN DARKNESS”, and it’s a
prequel to Shadow Cay. Here is the synopsis:
“On a bleak night, Claude’s world crumbles around
him. Forced to confront his own frailties after a series of life-changing
events, and compelled to make an impossible choice, Claude Pelletier flees Miami on a sailboat. He
finds his past haunting him at every turn and old demons rising up to torment
I’m also currently working on two other projects: SHADOW
CAY - the screenplay and FEAR THE WHISPERS, the sequel to