Author Archives: Sheila Bali

About Sheila Bali

Sheila Bali, historical fiction writer, is soon to complete her novel, Swans and Cranes, based on a family’s escape from the iron grip of post–WW II Russia during the turbulent 1956 Hungarian Revolution. The book focuses on a young girl’s experiences as her family’s world is uprooted, forcing them to flee their home and country to save their lives. Sheila holds a Fine Arts Degree from Concordia University, plus two graduate degrees from McGill University in art education and special education. She now lives in San Francisco Bay Area of California and paints with colorful words. Sheila is a member of CWC Tri-Valley Branch.

Erd Part 3

Érd, Part 3 Now, with the help of the woman at the census bureau, I had an address for my cousin, but no way of finding a taxi. Taxis in this city had no identifying markers, no black or white … Continue reading

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City of Érd,Part 2

City of Érd, Part 2 Please read Érd Part 1 first at http://sheilabali.com/wordpress/?p=323 How does one find a cousin in a foreign land? On that crisp, cold, sunny day, my husband and I headed for Érd’s information center. Unfortunately, a … Continue reading

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City of Érd, Part 1

The City of Érd, Part I After Vienna and Sopron, I had one final destination before our trip to Hungary came to an end—the city of Érd, a word derived from “forest,” where cavemen once lived. By mid-morning, my husband … Continue reading

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Has Anybody Seen Cary Grant Naked?

Has Anyone Seen Cary Grant Naked? The air in Vienna was sweet with the delicate perfume of pastries. My husband stood at the door of a quaint Viennese café while customers came and went and I pressed my face into … Continue reading

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The City Of Music

In Sopron, my husband and I spent half a day visiting ancient ruins and the many colorful ethnic shops. Later, we figured we would drive into Vienna to sample its famous strudel, for Austria is renowned for its pastries. The … Continue reading

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Revisiting The City of Sopron

Revisiting the City of Sopron The city of Sopron had beckoned me to return for a visit. It plays a vital part in my novel, but my mental pictures of it had waned, or were full of inaccuracies. Being close … Continue reading

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How History Leads to Historic Fiction

How History Leads to Historical Fiction I write historical fiction, and I’m quick to admit that I’m not a historian. I just love to write about the past. Flip open the pages of a historical novel and you are thrown … Continue reading

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Katona József Theatre

Katona József Theatre Katona (Soldier) József Theatre, a splendid construction in neo-baroque style, designed by two renowned Viennese architects at the turn of the nineteenth century, is near the center of Kecskemét. I was anxious to check out its sumptuous … Continue reading

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Kecskemét City Hall

Kecskemét City Hall It had taken us over an hour to drive from Budapest to Kecskemét, and by the time we arrived the sky was cloaked in darkness. I had things to do and see. My cousin—my generous escort—suggested we … Continue reading

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The Story of Kecskemét

The Story of Kecskemét This week I want to share with you my stop in Kecskemét, the eighth largest city in Hungary, situated almost dead-center in the country and surrounded by a great plain. My father’s military base was located … Continue reading

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