Welcome to Episode 22 of “The Word Count” podcast!
Ah, and here I was thinking The Word Count had run its course. There is no ‘Episode 21’ as that was to be the Holiday Special, of which I’d only received one entry. Disenfranchised, yet determined, I decided to give it another go.
Well, low and behold I had the most votes on the next theme (187 total) and no less than NINE stories submitted for episode 22.
Be prepared, my friends. The stories in this weeks show are weird, graphic, erotic and creepy in the extreme. Nine talented souls stepped up for our theme:
“I washed the blood from my hands…”
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
Our guests this week:
Eden writes erotica incorporating all her favorite things: travel; culture; and sex. She enjoys weaving together stories with edgy themes, and sex is but one way to do it. Her first book, Fall into Winter, a collection of four erotic novellas, is currently available on Smashwords, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other sites located on her website.
She is now working on her follow up anthology entitled Spring into Summer.
Real life is just too real, which is why Mhairi usually writes fantasy, with real people encountering the requisite griffins, unicorns, werewolves and/or vampires. And because she likes a laugh, there are also pink mice and gods with faulty moral compasses. Because the real world can’t be totally ignored, there’s often a lot of blood in her stories too. She’s been to six schools (seven if you include university) and lived in four countries on two continents. She speaks three languages and bits and pieces of three more. She once galloped a horse into a cow (by accident) and she’s been to Machu Picchu three
times. Apart from writing, she likes pretty shoes, making jewelry, films, dancing, reading and chocolate. Don’t forget the chocolate.
Your Twitter name (if you have one): @AMhairiSimpson
Kadin Seton is a professional trainer who teaches management and leadership skills. She loves her new job working for a large non-profit company and is proud to be giving back to society. Kadin also enjoys reading and writing science fiction. She is currently working on a sci fi series and hopes to have the first book, "Descent Into Darkness" available later this year.
Matthew had his debut novel (Fall From Grace) around the same time as RB, and was also very fortunate to be a beta reader on the Prodigal's Foole (which, by the way, is awesome - buy it now!). Matthew is British and lives in a small town you've probably never heard of, but loves it all the same. Aside from eating his own body weight in chocolate, his hobbies include reading, plotting ways to make a regular enough income from writing, and learning British Sign Language.
JULIA MAE STALEY
Julia Mae Staley has been writing since she could put words together. At the age of 8, she wrote her first short story entitled: “The Adventurer”, a twist on an Australian folktale. As a teen, she longed for a novel about a strong but imperfect female heroine, and it was then that Ebony Havenworth and the world she inhabits first walked into Julia’s head. She is in the process of submitting the YA fantasy trilogy to agents. Her blog, http://crosshavenharpist.wordpress.com is currently home to much of the backstory of "Ebony". While she reads voraciously, Julia’s favorite works tend to be in the realm of fantasy. Escapism and shirking duty is a motivating factor in this. Don’t tell anyone. She attends a bi-weekly writer’s group of local authors, where they discuss the elusive perfect novel over cups of steaming tea. She lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, with her parents and her cats: the queen Alpha, and the mischievous Maui. Julia is also a very accomplished musician and singer/songwriter, and has a BM in Harp Performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Music. You can learn more at http://www.juliamaestaley.com.
C. THOMAS SMITH
C. Thomas Smith is just starting out into the big bad world and this is only my second submission of any kind (a short story titled “Sinnerman” on www.write4all.ie under the name Krstvr being the other). I’ve written two novels this year, Godkiller (122000 Words) & Tale (100000 Words). And I hope to hone my craft to the point where others enjoy the stories in my head as much as I do.
Twitter = @KRSTVR
JORDAN JONES (“Rather Drunk”)
Podcaster out of Broken Bow Oklahoma.
Author of Cargon: Honour & Privilege and regular contributor to the
Picture Prompt Writing Challenge. Kim, also known as Kimmydonn, is also a part time environmental consultant, wife and mother. Her husband describes her as aerodynamically curvaceous. She is easily flattered.
I was born in Plymouth, England a long time ago but I’ve lived most of my life in Scotland. I’ve written stage and radio plays, songs and sketches for revues, flash fiction, short stories, novels, stories for children and books aimed at helping students to get the most out of university and write effective academic essays and dissertations. I’ve been a university lecturer, actor, director, TV presenter. I’ve also spent a few years as a Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow in universities in Aberdeen, Dundee and St Andrews.
SHADOW SELVES (October 2011)
THE DARKNESS (July 2011) (Runner-up in the Mystery category of the 2011 Forward National Literature Awards)
THE SPARROW CONUNDRUM (March 2011) (Winner of the Humor category in the 2011 Forward National Literature Awards)
THE FIGUREHEAD (June 2010)
ROUGH JUSTICE (2008)
MATERIAL EVIDENCE (2007)
BRILLIANT WORKPLACE SKILLS FOR STUDENTS AND GRADUATES (October 2011)
BRILLIANT DISSERTATION (January 2011)
BRILLIANT ESSAY (December 2010)
BRILLIANT STUDY SKILLS (2010)
JUST WRITE (2007)
(As Jack Rosse)
THE LOCH EWE MYSTERY (March 2011)