North County author to release second children’s book Oct. 3

A North County author tells the story of an unlikely pair trying out a new hobby together in her upcoming children’s release, “Dough Knights and Dragons.”

The 40-page illustrated book, being released Oct. 3 by Sterling Children’s Books and written by Dee Leone, follows a knight and dragon who bond over their shared love of baking. However, the friends must follow the law of the land and battle one another.

Leone — who recently moved from Houston, is building a home in Rancho Santa Fe and who has been renting short-term properties in Encinitas in the meantime — is also the author of “Bizz and Buzz Make Honey Buns.”

The former-teacher-turned-author, who is also expecting to release another book in February, recently chatted about her writing career and upcoming book.

How did you come up with this story?

I was eating and I was wondering how a certain food came about. It was a different food that I originally wrote the story [about,] as sort of an origin tale for that food. It ultimately morphed into a story about a doughnut.

Both of your books have something to do with baking or cooking. Why have you chosen this reoccurring theme?

My family thinks it’s hilarious because I’m not the greatest cook in the world. I just thought, ‘What would someone else do when they didn’t know how to follow a recipe?’ This was just buzzing in my ear, so I just thought to write about these little bees who don’t quite get it. So, I came up with the idea for the first book and what they would do if they used a little flour and flowers.

How did you get into writing children’s books?

I used to teach elementary school, so I loved reading to my students all the time. Once I stopped teaching and stayed home to raise my own children, I still wanted to have an in with schools, so I started writing for teachers and children. I originally wrote 20 reproducible books with homework sheets and ideas for arts and crafts in different subject matters.

How did you publish those materials?

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