About the author

Leonie van de Vorle

<p> Leonie van de Vorle was born in New Zealand in 1954 to Dutch immigrant parents. She was a teenager during the Vietnam War and Woodstock era and then travelled through Europe in a combi-van in her early twenties. Her experiences during those years influenced her first book &quot;The Odd One Out, Primitive Poems from The Past&quot;, published in 2012.</p> <p> Leonie returned to New Zealand in 1976 when tragedy struck her family with the death of her younger brother, and only sibling, in a car accident. Remaining in New Zealand, Leonie attained a BSc, married and became a mother of three, but it would be twenty five years before she would write again.</p> <p> In 1990 Leonie moved to the east coast of Australia with her young family. There she became a Natural Therapies Practitioner, and more recently began tracing her family history.</p> <p> Her interests encouraged her to write again, including publishing her brother&#39;s poems &quot;Salamanca Summer&quot;, in 2013.</p> <p> In October 2013 four short stories in the &quot;Winnie and Hunny Speak&quot; Series were published. They are the hilarious and fascinating accounts of Winnie and Hunny&#39;s lives, Leonie&#39;s two Labradoodles, and told by them.</p> <p> Leonie now writes full time. She is currently working on several new books including a series on her combi-van travels, and a memoir of breakdown and recovery.</p>