Category Archives: The Word Count

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.

 

Links

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

http://twitter.com/damiencedwards

 

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:

Sachula32011
J. D. ROBINSON
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
MONICA MARIER

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.

Chris_BlanchardCHRISTOPHER BLANCHARD
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

SETONKADIN SETON
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

MMUNSON
MATTHEW MUNSON
 
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

LMSTULL
L.M. STULL

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.


SOOZSUZANNAH BURKE
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.
Author
Empty Chairs
Twitter – @pursoot

ebfaceEDEN BAYLEE
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

The Word Count Episode 11 – “I Have a Secret…”

Welcome to Episode 11 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 “I have a secret…

The show this week is dedicated to the victims, aid workers and heros in Japan.  To that end, I would like to invite all writers to check out FRANKIE SACHS’ request for submissions to his anthology Stories for Japan.  Find out more at http://storiesforjapan.blogspot.com.

Our guests this week:

ebfaceEDEN BAYLEE

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.
Twitter name:  @edenbaylee

MonicaMONICA MARIER

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.

bill_KirtonBILL KIRTON

Bill Kirton has been a university lecturer, presented TV programmes, written and performed songs and sketches at the Edinburgh Festival, and had many radio plays broadcast by the BBC and the Australian BC. He’s written three books on study and writing skills in Pearson’s ‘Brilliant’ series and his crime novels, Material Evidence, Rough Justice, The Darkness, Shadow Selves and the historical novel The Figurehead, set in Aberdeen in 1840, have been published in the UK and USA. His short stories have appeared in several anthologies and Love Hurts was chosen for the Mammoth Book of Best British Crime 2010. He’s also published the first of a series of children’s stories called Stanley Moves In. His latest novel – a dark, comic satire on the spy/crime genres – is about to appear. It’s called The Sparrow Conundrum.
 
 
Twitter name: @carver22

denred-resizedDIANE NELSON

Diane grew up not-Eye-talian but in a town that was. The experience left her with a love of words and a rather energetic style of verbal expression. She is the author of Dragon Academy, a YA fantasy-adventure tale set in Hunterdon County NJ. She is also the founder and Creative Director of Pfoxmoor Publishing, www.pfoxmoorpublishing.com and www.pfoxchase.com
Twitter: @diane_nelson

MMUNSONMATTHEW MUNSON
 
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

Sachula32011J. D. ROBINSON

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.)

SOOZSUZANNAH BURKE

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.
Author
Empty Chairs
Twitter – @pursoot

LMSTULLL.M. STULL

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.

The Word Count Episode 10 – “A Conversation with Death”

death2Welcome to Episode 10 of “The Word Count” podcast!

This week’s show is based on the theme “A Conversation with Death.

We have stories of the macabre, stories with twists, and tales most erotic this week. We have six author’s submissions for your listening pleasure. I think you’ll really enjoy the show. As always, comments and feedback are very much welcome.

LINKS:

iTunes (which always takes a while to post): ITUNES

DIRECT Feed: RSS-DIRECT

***Note as of 6:40 PM Eastern Time I’m getting reports of intermittent download issues.  I’ve escalated this to my hosting service and the issue should be resolved shortly***

 

Our guests this week:

 

MonicaMONICA MARIER

The theme for the ‘cast this week came at Monica’s suggestion.

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.

 Blog: http://monicamarier.blogspot.com/

Webcomics: http://www.tangentartists.com/

 

LMSTULLL.M. STULL

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.

 

NyaNYA RAWLYNS

Nya prefers the dark and gritty side of storytelling: dark urban fantasy, romance/erotica and action-adventure. Her novella, a contemporary romance, Sculpting David came out in Feb. from Red Sage and of course plays against her preferred type. She has a novel, Portals: Spar with the Devil, due out late spring from PfoxChase.

Website: http://www.romancingwords.com

 

 

MMUNSONMATTHEW MUNSON

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.

Website: www.writeordie.co.uk and http://vikingbay.blogspot.com/

Twitter: @mnwjm1981

 

 

Sachula32011J. D. ROBINSON

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.)

 

 

 

ebfaceEDEN BAYLEE

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

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/edenbaylee

bill_KirtonBILL KIRTON

 

Bill Kirton has been a university lecturer, presented TV programmes, written and performed songs and sketches at the Edinburgh Festival, and had many radio plays broadcast by the BBC and the Australian BC. He’s written three books on study and writing skills in Pearson’s ‘Brilliant’ series and his crime novels, Material Evidence, Rough Justice, The Darkness, Shadow Selves and the historical novel The Figurehead, set in Aberdeen in 1840, have been published in the UK and USA. His short stories have appeared in several anthologies and Love Hurts was chosen for the Mammoth Book of Best British Crime 2010. He’s also published the first of a series of children’s stories called Stanley Moves In.

 Website: http://www.bill-kirton.co.uk

 Blog:  http://livingwritingandotherstuff.blogspot.com/

 Twitter name: @carver22

 


The Word Count Episode 9 – “Dancing in the Dark: An Anthology of Erotica”

DitDCoverA bit of a naughty podcast for your listening pleasure!

Apple should have it up shortly…but if you are a subscriber, just refresh you podcasts in iTunes and it should start downloading immediately.  iTunes link: HERE

If you listen via direct feed, it’s available immediately via RSS or by clicking HERE.

 

This week, I work with the good folks at Pfoxmoor Publishing and the Pfoxchase imprint to bring you selections from their recently released Dancing in the Dark: An Anthology of Erotica publication!

I interview the Creative Director, Diane nelson then jump right into a small selection of spicy stories…so open a bottle of wine, put a log on the fire and give a lisen with your significant other to stories most passionate.

Definitely an NC-17 cast!

 

Guests:

 

denred-resizedDIANE NELSON – Creative Director & Author

After a thirty year career as an analytical chemist and technical writer, Diane Nelson turned to writing fiction full time. Her first novel, Dragon Academy, was released in June 2010, followed by Dancing in the Dark which she edited and contributed a short story, Dance Macabre, and Mounted Exercises in July 2010. She edited another anthology, Flashes Through Time, out now in eBook format and slated for print release Fall 2010. Diane also writes as Nya Rawlyns. Her novella, Sculpting David, will appear under the Red Sage imprint. Shadow of This World, written in collaboration with Denyse Bridger, Chris Ledbetter and Joann Hamann-Buchanan, will be released by XoXo Publishing.

Websites:

www.idancewithwords.com

www.romancingwords.com

www.dancinginthedarkanthology.weebly.com

Twitter: @Diane_Nelson

 

TLTysonT. L. TYSON

T.L Tyson is a non-drinking, non-smoking, vegan from Canada. Her hermit-like existence allows her to delve into her writing without worrying about someone knocking at her door. Sleep is a rarity for her and she spends the night hours conjuring up new characters and thickening plots. She is constantly being lead in new directions by demanding personas and quirky ideas. Her writings cover a broad range of themes and genres, from YA urban fantasy to sea-faring historical fiction. If you catch her without her laptop, you may find her curled up reading a book or expanding her music knowledge.

She has been writing for the better part of her life. Everything started in her grade five creative writing class when she wrote a short story about Elvira: Mistress Of The Dark. As it turns out, it ended up being a thirty-six page story and, though her teacher appreciated her efforts, he considered it grossly over-written. She is still trying to curb this habit. After a bout of writing bad poetry through her more angst riddled teenage years, Tyson settled into her groove with novels.

Her novel, Seeking Eleanor, is the first installment in her book series, The Sought-After Series. Seeking Eleanor was started in 2004, but was shoved to the side to deal with more pressing matters (working in a music shop and going to concerts). In September 2008, she picked her idea back up and three months later had her first very rough draft. She is still working on perfecting it and has learned editing is a long and twisting road that seems to have no end.

Since Seeking Eleanor she has completed three other novels: From The Tower (the second installment in The Sought-After Series), Bare, and The Reign Of Billie Blackwater. While she edits these, and hopes to find a home for them, she is working on a few other ideas, hoping to complete them this year.

Website: www.tltyson.com

Twitter: @TL_Tyson


Noelle2NOELLE PIERCE

Noelle started writing fiction in 2009, when a story crept into her head and wouldn’t leave. Since then, she’s lost countless hours of sleep writing into the early morning hours because more stories wanted to be written. Her novels are historical romance, but her short stories include romance, mainstream fiction, and erotica. When she’s not writing, she’s playing with photo-editing software to make book covers and movie-making software to make book trailers. Anything to keep from doing housework.

Website: http://www.noellepierce.com

Twitter: @noellepierce


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S. A. SAYURI

 

S.A. Sayuri: Savannah Aiko Sayuri started a journal before she dropped out of high school, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She has lived in many countries and led many lives. Her favorite things to read are The Bible and Anais Nin.


 

 

Sessha_w_tattooSESSHA BATTO

Sessha turned to writing full time two years ago after a twenty year stint in video production editing, scripting and creating motion graphics. Her first novel Strength of Will was released in November 2009. Her short story Wintersong is included in Dancing in the Dark: An Anthology of Erotica. Her latest offering, Shinobi, is currently out on query. More information and sample chapters can be found on her website http://www.sesshabattousai.com

 

Twitter: @Sesshabatto

The Word Count Episode 8 – “The Unexpected”

The First Episode of 2011 is now LIVE!

 

Show Links:

iTunes Podcast Link (Will be up when Apple decides to release it.  If you’ve subscribed already, just hit ‘Refresh’ in the podcast section on iTunes)

Direct Feed

 

This week’s show is based off a prompt: “The Unexpected.”

There is also a tie-in to Leah Petersen’s “5 Minute Fiction” weekly competition-her prompt this past week was also “The Unexpected,” and we have entries from one of the finalists and the Winner!

Our guests:

 

Paul_FreemanPaul Freeman (“The Curse of Summer” and “The Unexpected”)

 

The bio, Paul Freeman is from Dublin, Ireland. He is still trying to figure out if he can write, or if people are just humouring him. You can read extracts from his unpublished novel, Taxi, and some of his other work on his website http://sayitsoftly.weebly.com/

 

 

 

 

MMUNSONMatthew Munson read by Lisa Lindsel (“Death and Betrayal”)

 

Matthew wrote his first work of fiction at the age of 9 – a full 8 pages in length (with pictures) – and is currently languishing somewhere in his parents’ loft. He sincerely hopes the rest of his work doesn’t go the same way. He lives in the south-east of England and is searching for a publisher for his first, full-length novel, Fall From Grace, as well as writing his second one, currently untitled. He hasn’t got much time for anything else, as he feels like he is trying to live three lives already.”

My links are; Twitter @mnwjm1981, Website

 

 

MonicaMonica Marier (“Fool me once”)

Monica Marier is a caffeinated stay-at-home mom, artist, writer, composer and eccentric. Her debut novel Must Love Dragons is coming 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.

Blog: http://monicamarier.blogspot.com/

Webcomics: http://www.tangentartists.com/

 

 

book_em_twitterEmma Newman (“Everything in its Place”)

Emma drinks too much tea, has too many ideas and writes too many stories. Only one of these is true. Her debut novel ’20 Years Later’ will be published in July 2011 by Dystopia Press. She blogs and gets up to all kinds of writing mischief at www.enewman.co.uk.

“Everything in its Place” is from Emma’s short story anthology ‘From Dark Places’, recently acquired by eMergent Publishing to be released on March 1st 2011 in print, e-book and audio book formats. If you like dark short stories, join Em’s Short Story Club (www.enewman.co.uk/sign-up-for-free-stories) to get an original short story for free in your inbox every month.

Emma fell in love with audio book narration when podcasting ’20 Years Later’ prior to her publishing deal. Since then she has recorded audio books for multi-media publisher Big Bad Media and has narrated short stories for fiction podcasts. To find out more about her voice work go to www.enewman.co.uk/voice where you can also listen to a couple of quirky flash stories written by emerging writers. Emma loves recording speculative fiction, science fiction and steam punk.

Twitter: @emapocalyptic  (http://twitter.com/emapocalyptic)

 

denred-resizedDiane Nelson (“The Purple Shroud”)

After a thirty year career as an analytical chemist and technical writer, Diane Nelson turned to writing fiction full time. Her first novel, Dragon Academy, was released in June 2010, followed by Dancing in the Dark which she edited and contributed a short story, Dance Macabre, and Mounted Exercises in July 2010. She edited another anthology, Flashes Through Time, out now in eBook format and slated for print release Fall 2010. Diane also writes as Nya Rawlyns. Her novella, Sculpting David, will appear under the Red Sage imprint. Shadow of This World, written in collaboration with Denyse Bridger, Chris Ledbetter and Joann Hamann-Buchanan, will be released by XoXo Publishing.

Websites:

www.idancewithwords.com

www.romancingwords.com

www.dancinginthedarkanthology.weebly.com

Twitter: @Diane_Nelson

 

Sessha_w_tattooSessha Batto (“Unexpected” WINNER of this past week’s 5 Minute Fiction Competition)

Sessha turned to writing full time two years ago after a twenty year stint in video production editing, scripting and creating motion graphics. Her first novel Strength of Will was released in November 2009. Her short story Wintersong is included in Dancing in the Dark: An Anthology of Erotica. Her latest offering, Shinobi, is currently out on query. More information and sample chapters can be found on her website http://www.sesshabattousai.com

The Word Count Episode 7 is LIVE!

micThe Holiday Episode of The Word Count is now Live!

If you’ve subscribed via iTunes, all you need to do is refresh the podcast section. Links can be found:

ITUNES

Or

DIRECT

 

Our Guests:

 

lisa_foxLISA FOX

World-renowned neurosurgeon, jet fighter pilot, secret member of American royalty, seducer of legions of beautiful, outrageously sexy angels and demons and vampires and werewolves and the occasional pirate, Lisa Fox has done it all… in her own mind. In reality, she can generally be found at her desk with a cup of coffee close at hand. Or maybe a martini. It really depends on the day. List of work: Sculpting a Demon; Santa’s Sleeping Beauty

Website: www.lisafoxromance.com

Blog site: http://lisafoxromance.wordpress.com/

Twitter: @LisaFoxRomance

 

MMUNSONMATTHEW MUNSON

Matthew wrote his first work of fiction at the age of 9 – a full 8 pages in length (with pictures) – and is currently languishing somewhere in his parents’ loft. He sincerely hopes the rest of his work doesn’t go the same way. He lives in the south-east of England and is searching for a publisher for his first, full-length novel, Fall From Grace, as well as writing his second one, currently untitled. He hasn’t got much time for anything else, as he feels like he is trying to live three lives already

Website: www.writeordie.co.uk

Blog: http://vikingbay.blogspot.com/

Twitter: @mnwjm1981

 

 

 

SOOZSUZANNAH BURKE

 

You can request an interview or a book review by contacting me here on my email, or by comment on 

my blog http://sooozsaysstuff.blogspot.com

To read an excerpt from my biography written under my pen name of Stacey Danson please go to http://staceydansonemptychairs.blogspot.com

To read about my comedy/ romance Dudes Down Under go to

http://dudesdownunder-soooz.blogspot.com

I also have a monthly article on Welcome to Wherever ezine

And a weekly article on Authors On Show.

Twitter: @pursoot

The Word Count Episode 6 is LIVE!

12279734891774712434rg1024_old_microphone_cleanup_style.svg.medThe second NaNoWriMo themed podcast is now LIVE for your listening pleasure!

Here are the links:

ITUNES and DIRECT.

 

 

Our Guests:

denred-resizedDIANE NELSON

After a thirty year career as an analytical chemist and technical writer, Diane Nelson turned to writing fiction full time. Her first novel, Dragon Academy, was released in June 2010, followed by Dancing in the Dark which she edited and contributed a short story, Dance Macabre, and Mounted Exercises in July 2010. She edited another anthology, Flashes Through Time, out now in eBook format and slated for print release Fall 2010. Diane also writes as Nya Rawlyns. Her novella, Sculpting David, will appear under the Red Sage imprint. Shadow of This World, written in collaboration with Denyse Bridger, Chris Ledbetter and Joann Hamann-Buchanan, will be released by XoXo Publishing.

 Websites:

www.idancewithwords.com

www.romancingwords.com

www.dancinginthedarkanthology.weebly.com

 

Twitter: @Diane_Nelson

 

MonicaMONICA MARIER

Monica Marier is a caffeinated stay-at-home mom, artist, writer, composer and eccentric. Her debut novel Must Love Dragons is coming 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.

 

Websites:

Blog: http://monicamarier.blogspot.com/

Webcomics: http://www.tangentartists.com/

 

Twitter: @lil_monmon

 

SOOZSUZANNAH BURKE

You can request an interview or a book review by contacting me here on my email, or by comment on my blog http://sooozsaysstuff.blogspot.com

To read an excerpt from my biography written under my pen name of Stacey Danson please go to http://staceydansonemptychairs.blogspot.com

To read about my comedy/ romance Dudes Down Under go to http://dudesdownunder-soooz.blogspot.com

I also have a monthly article on Welcome to Wherever ezine

And a weekly article on Authors On Show.

Twitter: @pursoot

 


Episode 5 of The Word Count is LIVE!

The Word Count  NaNoWriMo Special Edition Podcast

Links are here (and off to the left):

This is a shorter episode entitled “Half Way” as it is close to 15 November, half way through Nation Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).  The theme for this episode is, of course, in honor of National Novel Writing month– where four intrepid guests are reading from their NaNo-based Works In Progress.

Our guests for this show:

 

NoelleNoelle Pierce – Noelle started writing fiction in 2009, when a story crept into her head and wouldn’t leave. Since then, she’s lost countless hours of sleep writing into the early morning hours because more stories wanted to be written. Her novels are historical romance, but her short stories include romance, mainstream fiction, and erotica. When she’s not writing, she’s playing with photo-editing software to make book covers and movie-making software to make book trailers. Anything to keep from doing housework.

Website: http://www.noellepierce.com

Twitter: @noellepierce

 

 

 

Chris_PictureChristopher Blanchard – 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, http://1storyaweek.blogspot.com. 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.

Website: http://1storyaweek.blogspot.com

Twitter: @BlanchardAuthor

 

 

 


denred-resizedNya Rawlyns
– is the author of Sculpting David, scheduled for release in early Winter by Red Sage.  She writes primarily erotica and paranormal romance.  Nya will post daily galleys from her NaNoWriMo book, Portals: The Devil and the Falcon, on her blogsite www.romancingwords.com.  Nya also writes under the name ‘Diane Nelson’.

Website: http://www.romancingwords.com

Twitter: @Diane_Nelson

 

LMStallL.M. Stull –  is a Washington DC native who relocated to southern Virginia. During the day, she works with lawyers, but at night she channels her inner creative monster and writes. Her debut novel, Memoirs of a Monkey, will be available early next year.

Website: http://www.lmstull.com

Blog: http://lmstull.blogspot.com
Twitter: @LMStull

The Word Count Podcast Halloween Special

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Welcome ghouls and ghosts to episode 4 of The Word Count Podcast!

This week’s entry is my first Halloween special featuring shorts and even a song that will scare the pants off of you.

And if the pants DO come off do NOT send me pictures this time! 🙂

Links to the show are off to the left.  Enjoy!

 

And keep the lights on.

 

Our fiendish guests:

emmettEMMETT SPAIN

Emmett is a guy from Sydney who spends every free second that he’s not at work writing stories. It was Angel turning evil on Buffy that did it. That was the moment that the fanfiction started and the need to create stories became a compulsion rather than a hobby. Ten years of honing his craft yielded the first story that was actually worth the time and effort and constant swearing – Old Haunts: A London City Novel. He hopes you’ll read it.

Website: http://alondoncityblog.blogspot.com/

Twitter: @OldHauntsAuthor

 

 

denred-resizedDIANE NELSON

After a thirty year career as an analytical chemist and technical writer, Diane Nelson turned to writing fiction full time.  Her first novel, Dragon Academy, was released in June 2010, followed by Dancing in the Dark which she edited and contributed a short story, Dance Macabre, and Mounted Exercises in July 2010.  She edited another anthology, Flashes Through Time, out now in eBook format and slated for print release Fall 2010.  Diane also writes as Nya Rawlyns.  Her novella, Sculpting David, will appear under the Red Sage imprint.  Shadow of This World, written in collaboration with Denyse Bridger, Chris Ledbetter and Joann Hamann-Buchanan, will be released by XoXo Publishing.

Websites: www.idancewithwords.com , www.romancingwords.com , www.dancinginthedarkanthology.weebly.com

Twitter:  @Diane_Nelson

 

Bill_KBILL KIRTON

Bill Kirton has been a university lecturer, presented TV programmes, written and performed songs and sketches at the Edinburgh Festival, and had many radio plays broadcast by the BBC and the Australian BC. He’s written three books on study and writing skills in Pearson’s ‘Brilliant’ series and his crime novels, Material Evidence, Rough Justice, The Darkness and the historical novel The Figurehead, set in Aberdeen in 1840, have been published in the UK and USA. His short stories have appeared in several anthologies and Love Hurts was chosen for the Mammoth Book of Best British Crime 2010.

Website: http://www.bill-kirton.co.uk 

Blog:  http://livingwritingandotherstuff.blogspot.com/

 

MMUNSONMATTHEW MUNSON

Matthew wrote his first work of fiction at the age of 9 – a full 8 pages in length (with pictures) – and is currently languishing somewhere in his parents’ loft. He sincerely hopes the rest of his work doesn’t go the same way. He lives in the south-east of England and is searching for a publisher for his first, full-length novel, Fall From Grace, as well as writing his second one, currently untitled. He hasn’t got much time for anything else, as he feels like he is trying to live three lives already.

Website: www.writeordie.co.uk

Blog: http://vikingbay.blogspot.com/ 

Twitter: @mnwjm1981

 


SooozSUZANNAH BURKE

What Soooz says about herself: “I write books. Some people even think I know how the hell to do it.”

Blog: http://sooozsaysstuff.blogspot.com

Twitter: @ pursoot

 

jeremyphotoJEREMY C. SHIPP

Jeremy C. Shipp is the Bram Stoker nominated author of Cursed, Vacation, and Sheep and Wolves. His shorter tales have appeared or are forthcoming in over 50 publications, the likes of Cemetery Dance, ChiZine, Withersin, Pseudopod, and Shroud Magazine. Jeremy enjoys living in Southern California in a moderately haunted Victorian farmhouse called Rose Cottage. He lives there with his wife, Lisa, a couple of pygmy tigers, and a legion of yard gnomes. The gnomes like him. The clowns living in his attic–not so much. 

Web: www.jeremycshipp.com 

Twitter: @JeremyCShipp

 

 

MonicaMONICA MARIER

Is a caffeinated stay-at-home mom, artist, writer, composer and eccentric. Her debut novel Must Love Dragons is coming out through Hunt Press September 2010. She writes a column on obesity in America for Frum Forum ( http://www.frumforum.com/ )  and draws/writes webcomics for the company she co-created: Tangent Artists  (http://www.tangentartists.com/). Monica lives in the D.C. Metro area with her very supportive husband. 

 

Blog: http://monicamarier.blogspot.com/

Webcomics: http://www.tangentartists.com/

Twitter: @lil_monmon

 

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SESSHA BATTO

Sessha turned to writing full time two years ago after a twenty year stint in video production editing, scripting and creating motion graphics.  Her first novel Strength of Will was released in November 2009.  Her short story Wintersong is included in Dancing in the Dark: An Anthology of Erotica. Her latest offering, Shinobi, is currently out on query. 

Web: http://www.sesshabattousai.com

Twitter: @sesshabatto

 

 

jeff_pfaller_picJEFF PFALLER

Jeff dabbles in novels, short stories, poetry, screenplays, plays, comic books, traditional and digital advertising copy. His current gigs include writing multiple on-going comic series and acting as creative director for Saint James Comics. For a day job, he’s a content strategist at Arc Worldwide, using the power of content to convince consumers to get in bed with products. Jeff currently lives in his own personal zoo in Des Plaines, Illinois with his wife, two children, dog and cat. 

Web: http://jeffpfaller.com 

Twitter: @pfallerj