Dee is grateful to her family members, friends, teachers, and librarians who encouraged her love of reading and writing. She is also thankful for her wonderful editors, past and present. It was exciting to get to create so many reproducible books and to have picture books discovered in the slush pile. In addition, Dee is indebted to her incredible critique partners. Most of all, she appreciates all those who have read her books!
The author is a member of SCBWI, a neighborhood book club, and an awesome local critique group. She also does volunteer work.
Dee graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Education. She tutored college math and taught at the elementary level in Ohio, California, and Texas. She was also a teacher's assistant for the gifted program in Alaska. After she had her own children to experiment on, she stayed home and took up writing.
Picture books, leveled readers, middle grade novels, non-fiction, and silly verse are some of the things Dee enjoys writing. She has had more than 20 reproducible books published in the educational market, covering topics such as language arts, science, and holidays.
In addition, dozens of her word puzzles, poems, songs, plays, short stories, and teaching ideas have appeared in magazines such as Highlights for Children and Children's Digest. She is also the author of online articles, including some about Disneyland.
Dee is currently working on many projects, including screenplays. Though animation scripts are usually developed in-house, Dee is writing in her house and figures that should qualify.
Dee is married and has two daughters. They turned out great despite the fact that one parent is the aforementioned author.
The older daughter is an aspiring author, an extremely fast reader, and is excellent at editing. She spends the little free time she has preparing for the zombie apocalypse.
The younger daughter usually had her feet on a four-inch wide beam instead of her nose in a four-inch thick book. She made up for that by reading colossal medical textbooks as she pursued her doctorate.
Dee’s husband is an adrenaline junkie. If he’s not working, you can find him climbing a cliff, rappelling down a waterfall, gliding on a zip-line, or running a marathon. Alternatively, he might be napping from all the exertion.
Besides writing, Dee Leone's interests include amateur photography, scrapbooking, and travel (except for the actual traveling part). She also enjoys devouring books and chocolate … one figuratively and one literally. Unfortunately, one of those literally goes to her figure.
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Author profits from Bizz & Buzz
Make Honey Buns go to charities,
including Make-a-Wish, St. Jude,
March of Dimes, MD Anderson,
Shriners, Texas Children's,
USOC, MS, and several others.
Dee Leone Children's Author & Amateur Photographer
Author Dee Leone