Lennie Goodings was born near Niagara Falls, Canada. She is the publisher at Virago, the British trailblazing feminist publishing house that was established by Carmen Callil in 1973. Goodings has worked at Virago, which is now an imprint of Little, Brown, since 1978. She is the author of the children's book When You Grow Up and was a contributor to the 2013 anthology Fifty Shades of Feminism. She is married with two children.