Dr. Leonide "Lennie" Martin's books portray ancient Maya culture and civilization through stories about both actual historical Mayans and fictional characters. She studied Maya culture and history from both scientific and indigenous viewpoints. While living for five years in Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico, she apprenticed with Maya Elder Hunbatz Men, becoming a Solar Initiate and Maya Fire Women in the Itzá Maya tradition. Other indigenous teachers in Guatemala included Maya Priestess-Daykeeper Aum Rak Sapper and Maya elder Tata Pedro. The ancient Maya created the most highly advanced civilization in the Western hemisphere, and Martin's work is dedicated to their wisdom, spirituality, scientific and cultural accomplishments through compelling historical novels. She is the author of the "Mists of Palenque" series about historic Mayan Queens.