Leonardo Wild was born in Stanford, CT, in 1966, and about a month later, his parents moved to Puerto Rico on a scholarship, so he decided to go with them.
Since then his life has been a trip.
Leonardo has resided in 5 countries and traveled through 40. Besides numerous jobs and adventures, he’s given around 160 conferences in Europe, Japan, Indonesia, the US and South America, has published 10 books—fiction and non-fiction—in Spanish and German, and around 200 articles for magazines in Ecuador and Spain, as well as 50 produced scripts, from TV spots to institutional videos for various production companies, as well as written and directed feature-length documentaries, one of them being the award-winning (LA’s 2010 “Merit Award for Awareness”) Yasuni Two Seconds of Life, and before that, Pesta, Experiences Of An Open School.
One day, after a transatlantic crossing on the Fridtjof Nansen, a Tall-Ship—where Leonardo just happened to be an instructor (nobody’s perfect)—he met a well-known German author who’d won the German Literature Prize twice: Hans-Christian Kirsch, aka Frederick Hetmann. After much talk and walk in Barbados and then across to the Panama Canal, they decided to write a book together—Die Insel Die Es Nie Gab—and Hans-Christian also took one of Leonardo’s manuscripts—Unemotion—back to Germany to show around and see if luck knocked on his door.
About six months later, Leonardo received the news that there was a contract waiting for him at the Frankfurt Book Fair, with Carlsen Verlag, so he better fly over to sign it.
When he arrived at the World Book Fair in October of 1995, and saw the hundreds of thousands of titles all in one venue, Leonardo’s heart sank way below the
well-trodden carpet. What was the sense of yet another book being published? How could any book stand out among so many?
That's when he told himself that he would write stories—real and imagined—that could make a difference to those who read them, something that went beyond mere entertainment, stories from his out-of-the-box life that could, potentially, shift people’s boxed-in views of the world (hopefully for the better).
His German-publishing days included both fiction and non-fiction published with Carlsen, C. Bertelsmann, Fischer Taschenbuchverlag, and Beltz & Geldberg. In Ecuador, he’s published with Libresa, SINAB, Edinun, and Planeta. Now, with Corvisiero Literary Agency, he’s starting his English (and international) publishing days, and if Elon Musk does his thing, interplanetary as well.
Yet he doesn’t only spend his time in front of the computer cooking up real and imagined stories. He’s also led a trippy life, met some incredible people, and experienced some incredible things (and survived them).
Like: he’s sailed the Pacific, including a 12-day crossing in the Coral Sea aboard a million-dollar yacht through the Category 4 Hurricane Harry (1989) from Australia to the Solomon Islands, became skipper of that very same yacht at the age of 24 in New Zealand, crossed the Andes Mountains on foot three times into the Ecuadorian Amazon jungle with Saraguro Native Indians, participated in Gold-Survey expeditions in Ecuador’s oriental jungles as photographer, and was one of the 8 accompanying adults with 39 children on a 5000 kilometer-4-month bike trip across South America (Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela and Brazil) to Manaos, to watch the waters of the Amazon River pass by. And he now happens to be the President/co-founder of Logichem Solutions S.A., a company offering various breakthrough technologies for environmental protection,
remediation, as well as water management and other health-related products, co-created another company called 4-Plant International, and is a consultant/advisor for BOON Industries, a public company in California.
Leonardo lives with his Scottish (definitely a William Wallace-descendant) wife and his three over-age children on the slopes of a by-now extinct volcano in the Andes of Ecuador near the city of Quito, in a wooden house he built himself, with two dogs and a cat that’s still trying to domesticate him.
Represented by: Marisa Corvisiero & Tessa Shaffer