granddaughter of Oklahoma homesteaders, former
rural newspaper editor, winner of many journalistic contests, published in local, state and national publications, contributed to the best-seller “In Their Name,” a state-endorsed book on the Murrah Federal Building bombing in Oklahoma City.  She remains a commissioned writer for Persimmon Hill, the award-winning magazine of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum and is author of the newly released non-fiction book, Who’s Your Daddy?

She is a popular speaker at workshops, organizations, fairs and festivals, especially when talking about her favorite subjects, genealogy and writing.

Leonard’s historical novel & several non-fiction manuscripts have claimed awards in state and national competition, but remain incomplete. She plans to finish them all this year (every year), but her hobbies of flower gardening, photography, genealogy, travel, computer networking, writer meetings, friends, family and grandchildren habitually interfere – and not necessarily in that order.

She received the highest honor of the prestigious Oklahoma Writers Federation last year when she was named Honorary Lifetime member. 

Leonard lives in Oklahoma City with her retired engineer hubby, Jon Heavener. She is currently working on a non-fiction book about the Low Dutch who settled New Netherland and later settled in Kentucky. She also still operates the wheat farm in far northwestern Oklahoma where she grew up.

CLICK HERE to see a recent television Interview on the Read About It show.

CLICK HERE to see samples of some of her work published in Persimmon Hill magazine recently:

Have Ancestors, Will Travel - Summer 2012

Painting the Old Homestead - Joseph Bohler  Summer 2010

Don’t Lose your Happy! (Preview mag May 2009)

The Secret Story of a Famous Photograph (Wm Prettyman) -Fall 2006

His painting is like a song -Summer 2007

Have Ancestors, Will Travel - Summer 2012

CLICK HERE to see some of her activities the past year. Wow! makes you tired just reviewing all that.  What a wonderful year 2011  so 2012 should be even better!

Click here to get the information on how to get me to speak to your organization.

Click here to see the “secret” page, a bio that won’t be on book jackets.

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Favorite quote: I’d rather live my whole life believing that God exists and then die and find out he doesn’t, rather than living my whole life not believing in him, then die to find out he does exist.

Her motto: Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, covered in scars, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming YAHOO! what a ride!

Here’s the boring stuff:

  1. Graduate of Oklahoma City University, BA 1993

  2. Movie extra in “Bringing Up Bobby” 2010

  3. TV Interviews with Read About It, OETA.

  4. Member ISFHWE - International Society of Family History Writers & Editors

  5. Member of

  6. Former Editor of the Oklahoma Genealogical Society newsletter

  7. Member of the OGS Board of Directors more than seven years.

  8. Past president & current Board member of Oklahoma Writers Federation.

  9. Current Board Member & Publicity Director of Edmond Genealogical Soc.

  10. Editor & publisher of the Writers Reminder E-zine, since 2007-subscribers 1,129

  11. Member OKC Writers Board of Directors & two terms as President.

  12. Past Pres. & Charter Member of Writers of Purple Sage.

  13. 25-year member of Mayflower Descendants Society, #538-38,149

  14. Coordinator National Low Dutch Cousins Gathering bi-annually in Kentucky

  15. Member of International Society of Family History Writers 

  16. Member of First Families of the Twin Territories of Oklahoma, # 3056

  17. Member of Servants Dinner Club, now in 15th year of restaurant reviews

  18. Member of historical societies in Ohio, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, more

  19. Member of Evergreen Travel Club & Affordable Travel Club

  20. 1st Vice Regent of Oklahoma Prairies DAR, two terms, #809560

  21. Associate of Daughters of Holland Dames, #A-74

  22. Member of Daughters of War of 1812, #29169

  23. Honorary Colonel of Kentucky, 2007

  24. Who’s Who of American Women, 1998 to present.

  25. Who’s Who in the World 2003 to present

  26. Who’s Who in America 2012

  27. Honored Blogger of the 2012 Family History Expo