Archive for June, 2009

j0295234To celebrate the release of Letters to Leonardo, we’re having a cyber launch at http://deescribewriting.wordpress.com but there will also be lots of great stuff happening here at https://tips4youngwriters.wordpress.com.

You’ll see a Sneak Peek of the book and there will be an article about how to start your own story.

You’ll get to see a movie preview of the book – and find out some fast facts about how Letters to Leonardo was written.

Hope you can join us.

Dee and Matt:-)

It’s party time!


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It’s day three of our Letters to Leonardo blog tour and Matt and I are having a blast. So far we have:

It’s amazing what you learn on a blog tour – and one of the visitors to the tour told me about this great writing link for young writers far: http://www.kimchatel.com/C6B_Kids_Links.html

It’s got all sorts of information about where you can get your work published.

Good luck – and hope you’ll join us on tour at one of our stops.

Catch you in Cyber Space.

Dee and Matt:-)

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Tomorrow, Matt Hudson and I strap ourselves into our Cyber Plane and head out west to start our blog tour.

First stop tomorrow is http://sallymurphy.blogspot.com where we’ll be talking with Sally M about online book promotion.

For the next two weeks there will be all sorts of interviews and writing activities.

We’ll be visiting this blog on Cyber Launch day (1st July) to talk about how to start your story plus all sorts of really interesting stuff. Then we’ll be back at https://tips4youngwriters.wordpress.com on 6th July to give you some tips on turning fact into fiction.

Hope you’ll join the tour. See you in Cyber Space.

Dee and Matt:-)


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letterstoleonardolrgBefore I tell you where Matt and I are travelling to in Cyber Space, I guess I’d better tell you about Matt.

On his fifteenth birthday, Matt got a letter from his dead mum – only she wasn’t dead. So where had she been all this time?  Matt set out to find her and discovered that sometimes the truth can be worse than not knowing.

After everything that happened (and you can read his story in Letters to Leonardo), Matt’s a bit publicity shy so even though he’s very excited to be going on tour, he has asked me to do most of the talking. But don’t worry, you will get to hear from him – and Matt has a few questions of his own.

We’d love you to come to the Cyber Launch of Letters to Leonardo on 1st July, and join us on our 14 day Blog Tour which will even take us as far as the USA.

So, if you want to come along for the ride, here’s where we’ll be stopping:

24th June 2009             http://sallymurphy.blogspot.com        

Dee and Matt talk about promoting Letters to Leonardo online.


25th June 2009             http://spinningpearls.blogspot.com     

Author interview


26th June 2009             http://thebookchook.blogspot.com    

How art has been used in Letters to Leonardo


27th June 2009             http://belka37.blogspot.com

The research process involved in writing Letters to Leonardo           


28th June 2009             http://weloveya.wordpress.com

Guest blogger – talking with Vanessa Barneveld – interactive discussion with bloggers


29th June 2009             http://www.livejournal.com/users/orangedale            

An author interview covering things like inspiration and perspective


30th June                      http://www.letshavewords.blogspot.com

Mentors in YA fiction, and Leonardo da Vinci’s involvement in the book


1st July                         Cyber launch http://deescribewriting.wordpress.com including cross to Robyn Opie’s blog http://robynopie.blogspot.com – hurdles overcome on the way to publication.


2nd July                        http://persnicketysnark.blogspot.com

How the author’s life paralleled Matt’s – her growing obsession with Leonardo da Vinci


3rd July                         http://bjcullen.blogspot.com

Working with a publisher and the editing process


4th July                         http://sandyfussell.blogspot.com

Interview with the elusive Matt Hudson


5th July                         http://teacherswritinghelper.wordpress.com

Class writing activities based on Letters to Leonardo


6th July                         https://tips4youngwriters.wordpress.com

Tips 4 young writers on how Letters to Leonardo was written


7th July                         http://www.JenniferBrownYA.com

An overseas stop before heading home

Matt and I are both very excited about going on tour. We hope you can join us.

Dee and Matt:-)

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