disliked her name as a child. While the idea for this book grew out of her childhood dislike of her name, when she was twelve, she decided “Carol” was a great name and has loved it ever since. My Name Is Leona is the culmination of a lifelong dream to publish a children’s book and is hopefully the first of several books to come. Carol is a native of Michigan and comes from an entrepreneurial family. She owns a medical billing and consulting company while her husband Douglas owns a commercial art studio, both in the metropolitan Detroit area. Carol and Douglas have two grown daughters, Danielle and Lauren.