Rich Odom began telling stories to his four children when they were young.  Deciding that the fare on primetime TV was unfit for his kids'  consumption, Rich spun yarns about forest animals who talked to each other.  Eventually, he came up with a pre-adolescent frog who always seemed to get in trouble, but, with the help of his family, friends, and lots of prayer, he always got out.  That frog became Webfoot Willie.  Rich is a retired lawyer, a musician and song writer, a Marine Corps veteran and black belt in Ku Kenpo karate. He is a father, a stepfather, and "Poppa".  He and his wife, Terri, who is an adoption attorney, live in West Monroe,​ Louisiana.​​ ​​​