Time to Write Now By Julaina Kleist-Corwin

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Dangerous Deer Topic in Captivate Audiences to Create Loyal Fans

George Cramer’s “Why I Hate D.E.E.R.” is published in my new book, Captivate Audiences to Create Loyal Fans.

Cramer tells about riding a motorcycle and watching out for:

D – Dangerous

E – Evil

E – Everywhere

R – Rodent

which equal DEER. He uses  danger to engage interest.  The possibility of crashing into deer who leap out into the road or are in the middle of the road and aren’t seen until the rider comes around a corner of the highway increases the suspense in his story.  His relationship with deer on his road trips is told with a good sense of humor.

You can read his adventures in the eBook version of Captivate Audiences to Create Loyal Fans, which will be launched on Amazon May 31st for $.99. The price goes up after the launch.

Last Saturday, we celebrated  with George Cramer for his graduation with a masters degree under amazing circumstances.  Way to go, George!!


Julaina Kleist-Corwin

Written Across the Genres

Captivate Audiences to Create Loyal Fans



Lake Biwa Wishes Book Recommendation



A recently published book called Lake Biwa Wishes written by Judy Lussie captured my attention and appreciation. Lussie created strong characters, interesting pacing and structure, and  well-crafted sentences. It opens in Japan with Toni, a married woman, who goes on a ski trip with her new Japanese friends. She meets Kenji, the ski instructor, and internal struggles then abound throughout the book.


Lake Biwa Wishes is not a formula romance, but romantic scenes tug at the readers’ heart as the characters continue to find each other in Japan and America.

Learn more about Judy Lussie click here.


Follow her with photos of Lake Biwa Wishes on Pinterest here.

Check out Lussie’s blog for travel tips here.

Reading From One of My Stories At The Las Positas Anthology Launch


Saturday afternoon Las Positas launched their 2017 anthology called, Beyond the Window.





Two of my stories are published in it. A fiction piece called, “The House Lived” and a memoir essay called “Dancing”.  I enjoyed reading an excerpt from my story in addition to reading two of Eloise Hamann’s poems  since she was unable to attend.









Our California Writers Club, Tri-Valley Branch President, Patricia Boyle, and Vice President, Constance Hanstedt, won awards for their poetry.




How to Create an Emotional Bond with Audiences and Readers

Gary Lea

Gary Lea’s essay called “Too Small” is published in Captivate Audiences to Create Loyal Fans, which will be launched May 31st as an eBook and later a print book.

His story is about grief, resistance, and emotional growth.  Lea created scenes  and bookended the essay with sensory details. It’s a good example of how to create an emotional bond with readers and audiences.  You can buy Captivate Audiences to Create Loyal Fans for $.99 on Kindle May 31st to find out what was too small in Lea’s story.

By the way, how do you like his image done by an artist on http://fiberr.com/?

Can you feel movement when you look at it?



Julaina Kleist-Corwin

Written Across the Genres

Captivate Audiences to Create Loyal Fans

The real Gary

Michael Connelly And Lee Child Treat Their Aging Series Differently

The pick for our reading group’s book of the month was Michael Connelly’s The Wrong Side of Goodbye.

I’m new to Michael Connelly’s Bosch series. I’ve read two, The Crossings and this selection. Other members of the group have read several of his novels with the main character, Harry Bosch, solving crimes while he dealt with personal issues. They hoped Bosch’s retirement didn’t mean that Connelly would end that series.

Thankfully, Bosch is back and we discussed his character arc over the many novels about him.

For comparison, I brought up the author, Lee Child, whose crime series has Jack Reacher as a main character. The first 5 or 6 thrillers of Reacher tales entertained me. I liked the humor, I like the fact that Reacher doesn’t use suitcases, he only carries a toothbrush in his treks across miles and miles. He’s a strong, unique character.

However, I began to see a pattern to his books, which distracted my rapt attention and the critic in me complained that the extreme graphic violence wasn’t necessary to include in the plots. I didn’t give up, I read several more of Child’s series until the one I’m reading now.

This one is the last one. Not only is the violence too much, but I don’t think Lee Child wrote it. The style is similar but the content and the details can’t be Lee Child, the author I enjoyed before. The ending was medically unbelievable and the solution to the intrigue was summed up by one of the characters who was bleeding out from his wounds. Several paragraphs of backstory told by the guy whose blood pools everywhere? Come on, Child, you know better than that.

I looked at the reviews on Amazon and agree with PZF85Jon who said,

“Obviously Mr Child doesn’t have a plan how to deal with Reacher when he gets older (hint: have a chat with Mr. Connelly – his hero, Harry Bosch is ageing nicely – like a very good red wine.)”

Character Arc makes a difference.

I’d love any comments about either author.


Julaina Kleist-Corwin

Editor of Written Across the Genres

Author of Hada’s Fog