letterstoleonardolrgUS blogger, Jennifer Brown has now posted her interview at http://www.JenniferBrownYA.com

In case you’ve missed any part of the tour, here’s where we’ve been already:

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 – with some teaching activities included.
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 about dreams and writing

29th June 2009             http://www.livejournal.com/users/orangedale            
An author interview on the writing process – covering things like inspiration and perspective
30th June 2009             http://www.letshavewords.blogspot.com
Use of mentors in YA fiction, and Leonardo da Vinci’s involvement in the book
1st July 2009                 Cyber launch https://deescribewriting.wordpress.com including cross to Robyn Opie’s blog http://robynopie.blogspot.com – hurdles overcome on the way to publication.
2nd July 2009                http://persnicketysnark.blogspot.com
How the author’s life paralleled Matt’s – her growing obsession with Leonardo da Vinci
3rd July  2009                 http://bjcullen.blogspot.com
Working with a publisher and the editing process
4th July  2009                 http://sandyfussell.blogspot.com
Interview with the elusive Matt Hudson at Sandy Fussell’s blog. Sandy is the author of the Samurai Kids series
5th July 2009                   http://teacherswritinghelper.wordpress.com
Class writing activities based on Letters to Leonardo – themes in the book
6th July 2009                   http://tips4youngwriters.wordpress.com
Tips 4 young writers on how Letters to Leonardo was written – how the author turned fact into fiction
7th July 2009                    http://www.JenniferBrownYA.com
An overseas stop before heading home – USA blogger Jennifer Brown talks to Dee about bipolar themes in the story and the affect on teenagers of having a family member with a  mental illness.   

Thanks so much for joining the tour and dropping in to say, ‘Hi.’

Bye for now.

Catch you in Cyber Space.

Dee and Matt:-)

LETTERS TO LEONARDO – MORE YA REVIEWS – Debbie and SJ have their say


A compelling story – cliffhangers around every corner. Lots of emotion and an incredible storyline. I definitely recommend it to everybody.

SJ – aged 13

A powerful story, makes you think.

Debbie – aged 15



Matt was so excited with what the YA  reviewers had to say about his story, that he asked SJ to stick around and answer some questions.


What did you like best about my story?


It was a good storyline and it kept me hooked – there were a lot of cliffhangers in there and there was a lot of emotion and I could really get a sense of how you felt.


You don’t have to say, ‘me’, but who was your favourite character in the book?


Troy, because he had a good sense of humour and was a good friend to everybody.


Who do you think would like reading my story?


Kids from about 12 or 13 up to adults.


Is my story like any other book you have read?


Not really, it’s nothing like the sort of books I normally read.


Was there anything you didn’t like in the story?


Not really, maybe just some of the descriptions I didn’t like – but it was a really good book.


Would you recommend this book to other people?


Definitely, it’s a great book that anyone would enjoy.


Matt and I had so much fun today visiting Vanessa http://weloveya.wordpress.com I did a lot of talking while Matt smiled quietly to  himself – and asked me to pass on his contributions. You should check out Vanessa’s blog for your chance to win a copy of Letters to Leonardo.

Tomorrow we’re off to visit Dale Harcombe at http://www.livejournal.com/users/orangedale to talk about the writing process – now that was complex!

Hope to catch you in Cyber Space tomorrow.

Dee and Matt:-)

LETTERS TO LEONARDO – YA REVIEW – 14 yo Hal gives his opinion

j0435233Letters to Leonardo is about 15 year-old Matt Hudson’s search for his mother, and what happens when he finds her.


I could feel what Matt was going through and wanted to try and help him.

Matt is under pressure and he lets it all out in letters that he writes to Leonardo da Vinci.

To start with, he’s really mad at his dad for keeping the truth from him but eventually, they sort it out.

I really liked Matt’s best friend, Troy. Like Leonardo, Troy gives Matt someone to talk to and help him sort stuff out.

Once I’d started, I couldn’t stop reading Letters to Leonardo. If you like books like THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME, then this is the sort of book you will like.


Hal 14