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j0384807We’ve had an absolute blast today – and we’re so glad you could make it to help us celebrate the release of Letters to Leonardo.

Please feel free to ask any questions or leave any comments about anything to do with today’s Cyber Launch.

Thanks so much Sue Whiting, Margaret Hamilton, Robyn Opie, Hal, Debbie  and SJ – and all my kind writing friends who have left lovely comments, for making this such a wonderful occasion.

This event has been brought to you by the following:

www.walkerbooks.com.au

http://deescribewriting.wordpress.com

https://tips4youngwriters.wordpress.com

http://teacherswritinghelper.wordpress.com and

http://robynopie.blogspot.com

Don’t forget to check out our movie book preview at:

http://www.blazingtrailers.com/show.php?title=504

Tomorrow, the blog tour continues and it should be a really fun day because we’re off to visit Persnickety Snark. If you’d like to know how my life paralleled Matt’s, drop in and see us at http://persnicketysnark.blogspot.com

It’s been a huge day – thanks so much for coming. Now it’s time to curl up with a hot cuppa and a good book.

Hope to catch you again in Cyber Space.

Dee and Matt:-)

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letterstoleonardolrg1.       How long did it take to write Letters to Leonardo?

More than ten years.

2.       How many words have you put on paper from first draft to published novel?

Over 1 million.

3.       How many hours have you spent writing & rewriting Letters to Leonardo?

Around 1800 – that’s an average of about 180 hours per year.

 4.       How many times has the ending changed?

At least 7

5.       Was the book always called Letters to Leonardo?

It started out as Letters to Leonardo, then during my mentorship, was changed to To the Moon and Back, and eventually Space. When I went back to writing the original story (refer article about The Writing Process on Robyn Opie’s Blog http://www.robynopie.blogspot.com), it became Letters to Leonardo again.

 

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HOW DO YOU GET YOUR READER’S ATTENTION – AND KEEP IT?

No matter what the length of your story, the beginning or opening is what hooks your reader and involves them in the characters and what is happening to them.

There are many things that a story beginning has to achieve:

  • Attract reader attention
  • Keep reader attention
  • Establish time and place in which the action is happening
  • Introduce the main character
  • Give some clues as to what the stories is about. Letters to Leonardo opens with a letter from the main character, Matt, to Leonardo da Vinci. This is an indication to the reader that letters, art and Leonardo da Vinci are probably important to the story.
  • Give reader an idea of what kind of story it is. For example, if you are writing a psychological thriller, a funny slapstick beginning will attract the wrong type of reader. The reader will soon realise this is NOT a funny story, and they will lose interest.

Early on in Letters to Leonardo, I wanted to establish the fact that Matt does not come from an ‘average’ family background. I thought this would help build up suspense and curiosity for the reader – the feeling that something unexpected might happen.

In his second letter to Leonardo da Vinci, Matt says, “I don’t do furry pets and family holidays – probably comes from growing up without a mum. Tomorrow’s my birthday. I guess I could tell you about that.”

As well as giving hints about Matt’s family background, this piece foreshadows to the reader that something unexpected could be about to happen.

The beginning must arouse the reader’s interest – give them something to keep reading. In Letters to Leonardo, it’s Matt’s first letter. But your beginning can be in any format. It can be scary, funny, shocking, bizarre, too ordinary – or whatever sort of beginning you choose – just as long as it hooks the reader and is in keeping with the rest of the story.

If you introduce your main character immediately and get straight into the action, you can’t go far wrong.

Hope this helps you get off to a great start with your next story.

Dee and Matt:-)

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Walker Books Australia has been fantastically supportive with our blog tour and Cyber Launch and as a special treat, they’ve allowed us to upload Chapter 1 of Letters to Leonardo, so that you can read it.

Here’s the Sneak Peek first chapter: 

 

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Extract from Letters to Leonardo

by Dee White

Available in bookshops July, 2009

ISBN: 9781921150883

Publisher: Walker Books Australia

 

Copyright © Dee White, 2009

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the publisher.

Matt and I hope you enjoyed Chapter 1. If you’d like to keep reading, you can buy the book at any good bookstore or online at:

http://booktopia.com.au

http://boomerangbooks.com.au

http://collinsbooks.com.au

http://thebookabyss.com.au

Happy reading!

Dee and Matt:-)

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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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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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