Podcast for Japan

New_Sun_RisingThis week is a very special episode of The Word Count podcast. “New Sun Rising: Stories for Japan,” is an anthology being compiled by FRANKIE SACHS. Stories, poems and a celebration of Japanese culture will be included and some of the talent that have contributed to New Sun Rising have provided their work for the podcast.


Links to the show:
iTunes (and remember, itunes takes their sweet time in posting.  If you don’t see it yet, keep trying!): http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-word-count/id392550989


New Sun Rising will be out at the end of May, but in the meantime, please enjoy this very special episode of The Word Count: Podcast for Japan.

An interview with editor and writer FRANKIE SACHS is included!

FRANKE’S Bio: Frankie Sachs’ literary qualifications consist of an extensive collection of restraining orders from editors. Being in charge of this project is karma.


I like her. 🙂


Our guests this week:


berit_EllingsenBERIT ELLINGSEN “Three Posters for Japan” –Read by Annie Evett


Berit Ellingsen is a Norwegian literary and speculative fiction author. She is also a science journalist and has a dark past as a game, film and music reviewer. Her work has or will appear in various online literary journals and in print anthologies, most recently in SPLIT Quarterly, The Subterranean Literary Journal and Zouch Magazine. Berit admits to pine for the fjords when abroad. Her debut novel, The

Empty City, is inspired by philosophies like zen and taoism.



Blog: http://www.ninja-wizard.blogspot.com/

Book site: http://emptycitynovel.com/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/BeritEllingsen

or @BeritEllingsen

Mark_Kerstetter_in_Central_ParkMARK KERSTETTER “The Three Halbun”
Mark Kerstetter steals time away from restoring an old house in Florida to write and make art out of salvaged wood. His writing has appeared in many online journals, and he is the winner of several awards, including the Jerry Jazz New Short Fiction Award. He is the former poetry editor for the online arts journal Escape into Life.
Website: The Bricoleur  http://markerstetter.blogspot.com/
Twitter: @markerstetter




fritz_bogott_author_photoFRITZ BOGOTT “Ningyodash” –Read by Annie Evett

Fritz Bogott keeps bees and writes stories in Northfield, Minnesota.


Website: http://fritzbogott.com/

Twitter: @fritzbogott


damiencedwardsDAMIEN C. EDWARDS “The Unfortunate Incident of the Broken Weeinie” –Read by Marcus Pater

Damien lives in Sydney, Australia with his lovely couch and two computers called Blackie and Molly.?http://damiencedwards.com



The audio recording for The Unfortunate Incident of the Broken Weenie was read and produced by Marcus Pater http://www3.showcast.com.au/showcast/marcuspater




marcus_speh_pic_zweiMARCUS SPEH “Gyoza Express”


Marcus Speh is a writer, ex-particle physicist, professor, executive coach, web head, father, fictionaut, former fencer and paratrooper, cur­rent maitre d’ of the  kaffe in katmandu and curator of the  One Thousand Shipwrecked Penguins project, who lives in Berlin and blogs at  Nothing To Flawnt .


LINKS: http://marcusspeh.com

TWITTER: @marcus_speh


DJUDONALD JACOB UITYLUGT “The Road to NeoSendai” –Read by Solange Noir 

Published author, interviewer and all-around creative talent from Australia, her heart-wrench autobiographical book, Empty Chairs is available from Amazon.




Tyson_BleyTYSON BLEY “Please Help Me Find the Dollar I Lost” –Read by Frankie Sachs


Tyson Bley walks dogs for a living. He writes mainly about these experiences. He lives in Germany.


Website: http://soapstain.blogspot.com/


Twitter: @FrankZok



Simon_Paul_WilsonSIMON PAUL WILSON “Kibou” –Read by Jane Roberts


Simon Paul Wilson was born in England but decided to travel around Asia and forgot to go back.


Currently living in Guangzhou, China, his writing has been deeply influenced by Asian culture and authors such as Banana Yoshimoto, Haruki Murakami and Yoko Ogawa.


His first book, ‘Yuko Zen Is Somewhere Else’, can be found on the Authonomy website and has received high praise. His second book, ‘See You When the World Ends’ is nearing completion.


Simon is extremely proud to be a part of the ‘New Sun Rising’ project and considers his contribution, ‘Kibou’, to be a kooky tale that may bring a tear to the eye.


When not writing, Simon usually spends his time listening to very loud music while playing air-guitar and other instruments.


Website: http://simonpaulwilson.wordpress.com/



The Word Count Episode 12 – “Pick a Line from Your Favorite Song…”

Welcome to Episode 12 of “The Word Count” podcast!
Links to the show:
iTunes (and remember, itunes takes their sweet time in posting.  If you don’t see it yet, keep trying!): http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-word-count/id392550989

This week’s show is based on the theme “Pick a Line from a Song you Love…

Our guests this week:

J.D. is an anime and manga addict, just trying to get the voices out of her head. She tends to write mostly Urban Fantasy and Paranormal, but dabbles in Horror and traditional Fantasy as well.
Website: http://jdwrites.com (where you can follow her life and works in progress with snippets uploaded every week


Monica is a caffeinated stay-at-home mom, artist, writer, composer and eccentric. Her debut novel Must Love Dragons is came out through Hunt Press September 2010. She writes a column on obesity in America for Frum Forum and draws/writes webcomics for the company she co-created: Tangent Artists. Monica lives in the D.C. Metro area with her very supportive husband, blogs at the Attack of the Muses and is also on Twitter.

Christopher Blanchard is a 37 year old husband and father who has decided to really get serious about becoming a published author. He is currently shopping around his novel The Windsmith. He currently is working on a project where he writes one short story a week for a full year, which can be found at his blog, His newest novel, The Life and Times of Aries Webb, which is a series of short stories about the first man born on Mars, is being posted on his blog each week. He is also planning on 
working on an epic fantasy as soon as his weekly short story project is done, and also sending out some of his shorts to get published. He’s crazy like that.
Twitter: @BlanchardAuthor

Kadin Seton is currently writing her first novel – due out in late 2011.  Having written training documents for too many years, she finally decided to break out of the mold and write material that truly inspired her.
Twitter: @EnigmaOfWriting

Bio: Matthew is a civil servant, often seen vaguely shuffling bits of paper around from one bit of his desk to the next before mumbling something about “character development” and sloping off to write – which is his first love. He’s been published in a flash fiction anthology, some medical journals and two fiction magazines. As long as people keep foolishly accepting his work, he will continue writing – you have been warned.
Twitter: @mnwjm1981


Originally a Washington, DC native, L.M. Stull now resides in Southern Virginia. She has always been a creative person and studied classical piano and dance from a young age.

During the day you will find her chained to a desk at a law firm. Yes, she works for lawyers. Now you understand why she writes about creatures . . . Boom! At night she channels her inner creative monster and writes (sorry, she doesn’t turn into a werewolf or anything).

Her debut paranormal romance novel, Memoirs of a Monkey, is scheduled to be released Spring 2011:

When she’s not writing or feverishly taking orders from attorneys, she laces up and runs (and sometimes drinks wine…yeah, okay maybe more than sometimes).

There are several ways you can go about stalking her on the web if your little heart so desires: Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads (Hint: she’ll totally think you’re awesome if you add her upcoming books to your to-read pile) and of course her really cool Website. She also runs the Fellow Writer’s group on Facebook.

Published author, interviewer and all-around creative talent from Australia, her heart-wrench autobiographical book, Empty Chairs is available from Amazon
Written under her pen name of Stacey Danson.
Empty Chairs
Twitter – @pursoot

Eden writes erotica, provocative stories incorporating all her favorite things: travel; culture; and sex. Sometimes there’s romance, sometimes not. Sometimes there’s a happy ending, sometimes not. What is consistent are the multi-dimensional characters who grow and change as the stories progress. Sex is the backdrop, but a very important element in their evolution.  She left a long and distinguished career in banking to become a full-time writer.  Her first book, Fall into Winter, a book of four erotic novellas, is currently available via AMAZON, Barnes & Noble, and other sites located on her website.
Website:  www.edenbaylee.com
Twitter name:  @edenbaylee