About Me

I’m a children’s author, illustrator, and specialized arts educator—or, as I like to think of myself, a daydreaming expert. When I’m not daydreaming myself, I teach kids how to put their own daydreaming to good use at schools, libraries, and through workshops with the Creative Writing for Children (CWC) society, which I co-founded in 2004.

I’m the author and illustrator of the Kendra Kandlestar series and am currently working on a new fantasy book series for HarperCollins Children’s Books—Book 1, The Secret of Zoone, is due out in March 2019. I have also illustrated books for other authors.

I enjoy mythology, history, and the mysteries of the universe. During my free time, I’m a traveler, adventurer, and maker of dragon eggs. I especially love to visit exotic places where I can find tombs, mazes, castles, and crypts.

I am represented by Rachel Letofsky at The CookeMcDermid Agency.



14 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Dear Lee Fodi

    I’m your biggest fan I read your whole Kendra Kandlestar book series in less than a week. You went to my school this year it’s ben rush elementary. See after I finished all your books I became sad because I kind’ve missed Kendra so please tell us when your next book is going to come out we all want to know, in by we I mean everyone who loves your series.

    Your biggest fan
    Zhane Claus Age 12

  2. Hi Zhane, thank you so much for your comment! I don’t know when Book IV will come out–but I will be posting excerpts and sneak peaks on this blog! By the end of this summer I also plan to reveal the title! In the meantime, you can find all sorts of interesting information about Kendra on http://www.kendrakandlestar.com! Just go there and visit between the Cracks of Here and There.

      1. Dear Mr.Wiz,your books are filled with creativity and imaginaton,I hope you
        make many more books in the future,you have been to my school before
        and that was an AMAZING experience.I hope you come back soon!!!!

  3. Hey Mr. Wiz, guess who this is :P

    Hey It’s Matthew, dropping by to say hello! (You know, that crazy kid from your classes,) I miss CWC a lot, although there aren’t any sessions for Gr.8s in North Van. Anywho, I hope to be of help in the future, Still miss you guys a lot, I love to write, and I’m doing well in English so, thanks for that :)

    See you at da wedding.

    M@ :)

  4. Lee Edward fodi can you answer this question I am still reading the box of whispers is Kendra’s mom got something to do with it please answer that

  5. Hi Mr. Wiz, you visited my school a couple of times when I was younger and found your wisdom very respectable. I was wondering how you got your foot in the door of writing when you first started. I have a novel that I will be finishing here soon and I really want to be an author. I know it’s a long road full of rejection but if everything comes together just right I know it’s possible.

    1. Hi Jesse, yes anything IS possible. I first got published by taking my manuscript to a writing conference in Chicago, many years ago. I think the main piece of advice is to make sure you surround yourself with a strong network of writers and artists. Take a class, join a writing group, and attend conferences so you can meet people, which includes meeting editors and agents.

      You can also send out your manuscript to editors and agents and publishers, but it’s really great to have a network. They can help you improve your manuscript, and you can help them improve theirs. Also, by taking classes and going to conferences, you can learn skills to improve as well.

      Finally, don’t get discouraged! Know that a manuscript is always a living thing, always changing, always yearning to be better. So don’t be afraid to keep working on it for a long time after you’ve finished the first complete draft. Once it IS done, just don’t pin all your hopes on that one thing. Keep writing and starting other projects. This is a good way to keep your skills–and passion–alive!

      I hope this helps!

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