Time to Write Now By Julaina Kleist-Corwin

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The Genre Of Historical Fiction Is Explored In Captivate Audiences To Create Loyal Fans

My friend Sheila Bali wrote an essay in Captivate Audiences To Create Loyal Fans titled, “How History Leads to Historical Fiction.” She is working on Swans and Cranes about a woman who travels to her homeland to revisit scenes of her lost youth cut short by the harrowing 1956 Hungarian Revolution.

Bali states, “But I understand now why historians cringe at the release of a historical novel: sometimes historical fiction produces historical distortion.”

I agree with Bali that the historical novelist “takes the reader to the doorstep of history” and writes about people, how they survived in amazing conditions and what they discovered. Sensory details such as sounds of tanks and shaking houses contribute to a successful experience of an historical event.

I’ve learned to appreciate history now that I’m older. In college it was my least favorite subject. Even the dreaded math classes seemed more interesting to me. The fact-infested text included too many dates and not enough feeling for the times and the people in my opinion. Historical novelists make the past real and memorable.

Successful speakers use the same idea when telling their life experiences that relate to the topic of their presentations. Describing a scene with sensory details help the audience live it. When people live it, they bond with the teller, and become a loyal fan.

You can read Bali’s essay in #1 Amazon Best seller Captivate Audiences to Create Loyal Fans available on Amazon, click here.

Julaina Kleist-Corwin

Fiction Quote By Don DeLillo Author of White Noise And Underworld: A Novel



“Fiction is the single best means for arriving at the truth.”  Don DeLillo.

Elizabeth Lyon used this quote on one of the front pages of her book, Manuscript Makeover click here.

I’d like to have a chat with her and DeLillo to understand why she chose that quote for a book on revision techniques and why he said what he said.

DeLillo is the author of fifteen novels and has won many awards, one being the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. If I were to choose one of his books, I’d take Underworld: A Novel click here. DeLillo grew up in the Bronx. He’s 80 years old and his writing is known in the postmodernism movement.  The authors he read and who inspired him the most were James Joyce, William Faulkner, Flannery O’Conner, and Ernest Hemingway. I’m a fan of Faulkner and O’Conner too. The latter influenced my early writing and recently I’ve learned to appreciate Faulkner.

Getting back to Elizabeth Lyon’s Manuscript Makeover, it is the book I’m using for half of the lessons I’m creating for my Dublin Writing Class. It came highly recommended by Sheila Bali, an author and friend. The new 8 week series in Dublin starts on Monday, July 10th.

Let me know if you’ve read Lyon’s book, and if you want to order it from Amazon, click here.

Friends Reconnect At the San Francisco Writers Conference

SFWC 2016 Cali Sheila me etcPhoto credit to Cali Gilbert, on the far right, whom I met a few years ago at the SFWC.

Read below how a coat connected us.



In the conference volunteer room where we sign in each day, we have a coat rack. At the end of the conference the  year I met Cali, I took what I thought was my black coat. I put it on and sat in the Mark Hopkins Hotel lobby with three friends while we waited to join the celebration dinner in China Town.

Other volunteers gathered in the lobby for the same purpose. The hotel had the front doors open for people leaving with their luggage. The cold breeze caused  me to take my scarf out of the coat pocket. It didn’t look like my scarf, but I have many and thought I had packed one I hadn’t worn for a long time.  As soon as I had it wrapped around my neck, I heard one of the volunteers in the group next to us say, “That’s my scarf.”

She walked over to me and asked if I was sure I had the right coat. I stood up and indeed, it was not my coat but hers and she had mine.

Cali  sat at the same table we did during the dinner and we laughed about the coat mix up. We’ve been friends since then. She has published several books, which you can see on Amazon. Click here

Standing next to Cali in the photo is Peter Dudley. We met in a critique group several years ago. He has published a three book series called New Eden. To see his books and their awesome covers click here

Peter’s wife, Maria, is on the far left in the photo and next to her is Praveena Raman. Sheila Bali and I are in the middle. Sheila is working on an historical book  about leaving Hungary as a little girl during the Hungarian Revolution. Sheila and I met at a California Writers Club retreat and then she enrolled in my writing class.

This year’s SF Writers Conference was fabulous as always. It’s the best way to learn what’s new, to meet editors and agents, and best of all to  reconnect with fellow authors and the joy of being with them every year. Writers are friends for life.


Julaina Kleist-Corwin

Editor of Written Across the Genres


The California Writers Club Literary Review

CWC Literary Review 2015 with MirrorThe 2015 California Writers Club Literary Review has arrived. Interested members submit two entries earlier in the year and are not told if they will be in the Review. When it arrives in the mail, people whose submissions were published find out. What a nice surprise.

My short story, “Mirror” is in it as well as stories by some of the members of my creative writing class. Julie Royce had two of her stories published: “Disturbance Call” and “Finding Myself in the Mission.”





Julie Royce



Sheila Bali

Sally Kimball

Sally Kimball

Sheila Bali’s “Oakwud Has Done Me In” and Sally Kimball’s memoir, “The Lost Pearl” are published in it too.


B. Lynn Goodwin


Another member of our Tri-Valley CWC Chapter, but who is not in my class, B. Lynn Goodwin had her story, “Partners published in the Review also.”





Thanks to Dave LaRoche and his volunteers for creating an attractive, high quality Literary Review each year.

3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge — Day 2

Here it is Day 2 of the 3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge. Thanks again to Erika Kind  9781452593708_COVER.indd

from https://erikakind.wordpress.com for the invitation to participate.

My quote:

“The historical novelist gleans the rubble of the past, tastes the grit, extracts the jewels.”

Sheila Bali wrote it in her blog post titled “How History Leads to Historic Fiction” published in my anthology Written Across the Genres.

Sheila photo on webFrontCover of Written Across the GenresHI

Sheila’s work in progress is Shattered Tears for My Homeland about her escape as a child from Hungry during the revolution in 1956.

The rules for the challenge are:

  • Thank the blogger, who nominated you.
  • Post one of your favorite quotes (different quote on each day) on three consecutive days. The quote can be from your favorite book, author, or your own. Don’t forget to acknowledge the source with a link.
  • Nominate three bloggers to challenge them.

My nominees: