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In my own words
I’m a children’s author, illustrator, and 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.
I'm the author and illustrator of the Kendra Kandlestar series and am currently working on a new fantasy book series for HarperCollins Publishers—Book 1, The Secret of Zoone, is due out in 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.
Lee Edward Födi is an author, illustrator, and educator—or, as he likes to think of himself, a daydreaming expert.
Growing up on a farm in British Columbia, Canada, Lee was subjected to various horrible chores such as cleaning up after chickens, pigs, geese, and younger siblings. He was often in trouble for his constant daydreaming. There was a time when his father harbored hopes that his son would take over the family business—but these aspirations came to an abrupt end when the young author accidentally plowed the tractor over his dad’s outhouse (thankfully, his dad was not inside at the time).
As a result, Lee went on to pursue his love of art, mythology, and storytelling, all of which (luckily) do not require any skill in operating heavy machinery.
He is the author and illustrator of the five-book series, The Chronicles of Kendra Kandlestar, which include The Box of Whispers, The Door to Unger, The Shard from Greeve, The Crack in Kazah, and The Search for Arazeen.
His new series, Zoone, is being published by HarperCollins Children's Books, starting with The Secret of Zoone in 2019.
Lee has also illustrated several picture books for other authors, including The Chocolatier's Apprentice (a national bestseller) and I'll Follow the Moon. In 2016, he was the official illustrator for the Summer Reading Club program that was featured at libraries throughout British Columbia, Canada.
Lee is an engaging public speaker, specializing in presentations and workshops for elementary-aged children. He has taught programs in Canada, the United States, England, South Korea, and Thailand. In addition, he is a co-founder of The Creative Writing for Children Society (CWC), a Vancouver-based not-for-profit program in which children's authors, illustrators, and performers help kids publish their own books.
Lee studied at the University of British Columbia and has a degree in English Literature and a diploma in Fine Arts. He is a member of several organizations dedicated to children's literature, including the Writers' Union of Canada and the Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC), and is an executive board member of the Children’s Writers & Illustrators of British Columbia (CWILL).
Lee lives in Vancouver with his wife and unhelpful cat.