Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe: You’re It!

Tag was a childhood game that taxed my running skills. I did my best to stay out of reach of the person who was “it,” but my short legs were no match for my long-legged nephews and friends.  When the tagger touched me, he yelled “You’re it!”

When Julaina Kleist-Corwin tagged me in a blog hop, I didn’t run. I accepted the challenge. Meet Julaina.

Julaina Kleist-Corwin

Julaina Kleist-Corwin

Julaina Kleist-Corwin teaches creative writing for the City of Dublin, California and has been a presenter at the San Francisco Writers Conference. Julaina has won several short story contests. Her work is published in The California Writers Club Literary Review, Harlequin’s 2012, 2013 Christmas anthologies, and other collections. She writes Women’s Fiction, YA, and multidimensional romantic mysteries.

In Norman and the Painting, the man of Jill’s dreams appears out of a painting. Jill has to discover how to keep him from constantly disappearing back into the painting so they can have a normal relationship.

Julaina is the editor for her anthology, Written Across the Genres. She is a member of the California Writers Club Tri-Valley Branch. She lives in Northern California with her husband and Blue Russian cat. She likes animals and trees, nature walks, art, music, and literature. Visit her blog: Follow her on Twitter @JulainaC.

Now that I’ve been tagged, I’m it. Let me introduce you to my protagonist in my crime fiction work in progress.

  • What is the name of your character? DetectiveTaylor Madrid, Maricopa County Sheriffs Office (MCSO).
  • Is s/he fictional/historical? Fiction all the way. Any resemblance to a Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputy in Sheriff Joe’s jurisdiction is purely coincidental.
  • When and where is the story set? The setting is in the fictional city of Ironwood, in the real Maricopa County, Arizona in present time.
  • What should we know about your character? Taylor is a high achiever. She’s passionate about child abuse. She’s pushing for a promotion to detective sergeant, climbing the ladder of success.
  • What is your character’s goal? To be the youngest female lieutenant in Maricopa County.
  • What is screwing up your character’s life (main conflict in writerly speak)? Madrid is haunted by dreams of her pre-kindergarten years where she plays with a sister, but her mother insists Taylor is an only child. When Taylor investigates the suspicious death of a transient waitress from Sony’s diner, her dreams escalate to nightmares.
  • What is the title? Next of Kin
  • When can we expect the book to be published? Look for Carr Twins & Co. to publish my novel in the summer of 2015.

Now run with me as I tag a couple of authors. First, meet George who had to slow to a walk for me to catch him.

George Cramer

George Cramer

George Cramer has lived in Dublin, California with his wife Cathy for almost thirty years. They have three adult children.

George is certified as PCI, CFE, CPI, and CFS. He has over forty year’s investigative experience. Mr. Cramer began his investigative career in local law enforcement. He is a licensed Private Investigator in California and Arizona. He recently left the corporate environment where he last worked as the head of Global Investigations, Safety & Security for the Palm, Inc. Division of Hewlett-Packard. He has specialized in Standards of Business Conduct, undercover operations; insurance and corporate fraud; crimes against business; and the protection of intellectual property.

George has conducted thousands of successful investigations throughout the Americas and Asia. Additionally he is recognized as an expert in the area of Interviewing and Interrogation, having presented numerous seminars on the subject including at ASIS-International and High Technology Crime Investigators international conferences.

He is currently working on two writing projects. The first is a mystery novel spanning forty years; the second a memoir. Visit his blog at Follow him on Twitter @WriterBiker.

My note: George is a bit shy about his writing. “Joe,” his most recent short story, was published in O-Dark-Thirty. See it here:

I tagged Patty while she stopped to catch her breath during the final pe-publication days of  Eve’s Requiem, her co-edited anthology.

Flaherty-Pagan headshot

Patricia Flaherty Pagan

Patricia Flaherty Pagan grew up near Boston but has traveled extensively and sampled the expat life. After earning her MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College, she founded the mission-oriented indie publisher Spider Road Press. She edited Up, Do: Flash Fiction by Women Writers. Her fiction has appeared in publications such as Spry, The Pitkin Review, and Robocup Compendium 2013. She recently coedited Eve’s Requiem: Tales of Women, Mystery and Horror, which will be published by Spider Road Press on October 10, 2014. Visit her online at

Here’s my advance reader review for Eve’s Requiem, an anthology:



Eve'sRequiemCOVERfrontEve’s Requiem pushed me beyond my favorite crime fiction into mysteries edged with capricious horror. This collection of short stories awakened an awareness of dangers that challenge female resilience. I cringed as each protagonist stepped into jeopardy and sighed when she escaped the menace. Eve’s Requiem captivated me with an evening of reading—disturbed only by peeks out the window to see what dangers lurked in the shadows.

– Violet Carr Moore, author, editor, blogger


Ready, set, go. You’re it!



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3 responses to “Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe: You’re It!

  1. Thanks, Vi, for continuing the blog hop. I like how you made it feel like a game of tag, which it is, but you brought the visuals of running into it. Fun.

  2. Reblogged this on timetowritenow and commented:
    The blog hop continues with Vi Moore, one of the writers I tagged.

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