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Thanks for dropping in today.

Sadly, we’re coming to the end of our hectic but fabulous Letters to Leonardo blog tour. We have been everywhere (well almost).

Tomorrow, we’re off to the USA so it might take a bit longer for the post to appear due to the time difference.

We’re going to be talking about bipolar themes in the story and the affect on teenagers of having a family member with a mental illness. Hope you can join us at http://www.JenniferBrownYA.com

Dee and Matt:-)

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letterstoleonardolrgA lot of what I write is based on something that actually happened. My YA verse novel Street Racer was written after I read an article in the paper about someone involved in a street racing accident. A book I wrote for younger readers, Elephant Trouble, is based on a story in the newspaper about a man who came home from work to find an elephant stuck in his driveway.

 My new YA novel Letters to Leonardo – just released on the 1st July, is based on a story that was told to me by a friend and one of the book’s characters is a person that I actually know.

SO, WHY CHANGE FACT INTO FICTION?

If you’re writing a biography or an autobiography there is no need to turn fact into fiction – in this instance, it’s best to stick to the facts.

But if you’re writing a novel and making things up about your characters, you need to change the facts because:

  • What you make up could offend or hurt someone if you name a real person.
  • Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction and people wont’ believe it. In high school I had to write a love story so I wrote about how my parents first met. The teacher’s comment was that the story was well written but ‘not credible’. (Even though it was all true).

HOW TO CHANGE FACT INTO FICTION

The easiest ways to change fact into fiction are:

  • Change names of characters and places
  • Add or remove people from the event
  • Change the setting
  • Change the time/era in which the story took place
  • Combine real events from different sources
  • Change the details of the actual event – eg a cat stuck up a tree could become a dog stuck in a drain pipe.

In Letters to Leonardo, some real facts stayed in the story and some were changed. When you read the book, see if you can pick which ones.

Matt and I are sad to say that our blog tour finishes tomorrow. The exciting part is that the last stop is in the USA where we’ll be visiting Jennifer Brown, author of The Hate List which is being released in America in September. Catch us at Jen’s blog  www.JenniferBrownYA.com

Hope to see you there.

And just in case you’ve missed any other parts of the tour, here’s where we’ve been already.

Feel free go back and visit these great sites and find out more about Letters to Leonardo and the writing process.

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

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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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