Puppeteer, children’s entertainer, owner of a model agency, TV talk show panelist, luxury accommodation owner, entrepreneur, product developer, brand developer, storyteller, author and indie publisher, Leonie Mateer has lived a full and diverse life.
Born and raised in New Zealand, Mateer moved to the United States in her 30s to pursue business opportunities.
She returned to New Zealand for several years in the 2000s, running a luxury lodge in Northland – which has been an inspiration for her crime series – and now splits her time between Northland, New Zealand and the United States.
Mateer is known for her huge success as a brand development expert. She was named in the ‘Who’s Who’ of both Leading American Executives and American Inventors in the 1990s.
Creator of the brand, Caboodles™ - a teen girl brand that took the retail industry by storm in the late 1980s and early 90s. Caboodles created a new category at retail “The Cosmetics Organizer Category” with global retail sales exceeding $100 million worldwide
Her business books include:
THE CABOODLES BLUEPRINT – TURN YOUR IDEA INTO MILLIONS has just been updated and re-released.
"HAVE A PRODUCT IDEA? - HOW MANY COULD YOU SELL? - a collection of business articles.
As an author Ms. Mateer continues to publish new books:
PSORIASIS – THE SIMPLE CURE – WHO KNEW? her first health and wellness book is followed by a sequel PSORIASIS - STAYING CLEAR - THEY HEALTHY ALTERNATIVE
A must read for any psoriasis sufferer.
She has also written and published THE AUDREY MURDERS – a six book thriller series, starring Audrey, a serial killer living in idyllic small-town New Zealand.
Her CHILDREN’S books include:
THE MAGICAL WORLD OF DANTONIA
THE BIRD BOYS
Ms. Mateer published “READ YOUR OWN FORTUNE” books based on a product line she created in the 1990s. These books have now been replaced with an automated, animated online game, which enables players to read their own fortunes online, anytime, anywhere. Her sixty-three card deck based on ancient fortune telling cards has been deciphered with the assistance of professional psychics.
In July, 2018 Ms, Mateer entered the Real Estate industry as a salesperson for ONE AGENCY FAR NORTH - specializing in RESIDENTIAL AND LIFESTYLE PROPERTIES in the winterless far north of New Zealand.
Leonie’s two daughters and four grandsons live in the United States and are a constant inspiration for many of her stories.