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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

Episode 3 of The Word Count is LIVE!

The Word Count Episode Three entitled “A Writer’s Showcase” is now LIVE!

This week’s double-length show features a dozen writers who work in various genres. We have poetry, excerpts from novels, short stories and a non-fiction essay for your enjoyment.  

The iTunes Link can be found HERE

The Direct RSS Feed is HERE.

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A quick show note from episode two of The Word Count.  JAYM GATES and ERIKA HOLT’S anthology, RIGOR AMORTIS has now been released and is available for purchase at AMAZON.

Follow THIS LINK to pick up your copy!

 

 

 

Episode Three Artists in order of appearence:


RJRROBERT JAMES RUSSELL
 – Robert James Russell co-founded the indie comic book publisher Saint James Comics in 2009 (www.WhoisSaintJames.com). He is a member of Year Zero Writers, and has had work featured by Like Birds Lit, Greatest Lakes Review, The Legendary, and is currently working on his debut novel, excerpts of which appear on his website (www.robertjamesrussell.com). He recently edited his first anthology, entitled Sex Scene: An Anthology, which is available as a free download. Robert lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Twitter: @ROBHOLLYWOOD

Web: www.robertjamesrussell.com

 

 

 

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.

Twitter: @Diane_Nelson

Web: www.idancewithwords.com, www.romancingwords.com, and www.dancinginthedarkanthology.weebly.com

JeffkimJEFF SINCLAIR & KIM JEWELL – Jeff Sinclair has been writing dark fiction since his encounter with a dark force as a boy. His first novel, No Heaven, will be published in the Kindle store this fall. His current obsessions include post-apocalyptic theories, geography, and botany. Find him on Twitter as @undeniablyjeff and his blog at darkimaginarium.wordpress.com  Kim Jewell is a marketing executive and has worked in advertising, marketing and public relations for more than fifteen years – both at the corporate level and also in the agency arena.  She is currently the Director of Development for a regional law firm in Evansville, Indiana where she manages the business development and marketing campaigns. She writes YA fiction.
Twitter:  JEFF- @undeniablyjeff  KIM- @kimjewell
Web:  JEFF- http://darkimaginarium.wordpress.com/  KIM – http://www.kimjewell.wordpress.com

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MERCEDES M. YARDLEY – Mercedes M. Yardley wears red lipstick and poisonous flowers in her hair.  She had been published in  The Pedestal Magazine ,A Cup of Comfort for Parents of Children with Special Needs, John Skipp’s Werewolves and Shape Shifters: Encounters With the Beast Within, and the upcoming  Hint Fiction anthology.  She works for Shock Totem magazine and is represented by Jason Yarn of Paradigm.

Twitter: @mercedesmy

Web: www.abrokenlaptop.com

 

TLTysonTL 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.

Twitter: @TL_Tyson

Web: http://tltyson.weebly.com

 

 

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MATTHEW 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.

Twitter: @mnwjm1981

Web: www.writeordie.co.uk, blog http://vikingbay.blogspot.com/

 

aaronsmallerAARON POLSON – Aaron Polson currently lives in Lawrence, Kansas with his wife, two sons, and a tattooed rabbit.  To pay the bills, Aaron attempts to teach high school students the difference between irony and coincidence.  His stories have featured magic goldfish, monstrous beetles, and a book of lullabies for baby vampires.  Several new stories are forthcoming in Shimmer, Shock Totem, and Space and Time, and other publications.  The Saints are Dead, a collection of weird fiction, magical realism, and the kitchen sink, is due from Aqueous Press in 2011. 

Twitter: @aaronpolson   Web: aaronpolson.blogspot.com

 

Fletch

 

PENELOPE FLETCHER – In her own words: I want to write something worth remembering. I have a suspicion it will take most of my life, but I’m okay with that. I write fantasy, which to date has fallen into the young adult readership. I listen more than I speak, and skip from one thought to the other quite fast. My writing reflects this and given me a style, but at some point I know someone is going to get mad about it. I love to smile, and my favorite thing to do in the whole world is to read.

Twitter: @Miss_Fletcher

Web: fictionfierce.blogspot.com

 

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MARK SOUZA –  Mark Souza lives in a small town in Western Washington with his wife and two children. His horror short stories can be found online at Amazon and Pill Hill Press. He is currently working on a novel.

Twitter: @souzawrites

Web: www.marksouza.com

 

 

Monica

 

 

MONICA 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 (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. 

Twitter: @lil_monmon

Web: monicamarier.blogspot.com

 

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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. More information and sample chapters can be found on her website.

Twitter: @SesshaBatto

Web: http://www.sesshabattousai.com

 

Chris_BlanchardCHRISTOPHER BLANCHARD – He’s a 36 year old husband and father from San Diego who has decided to really get serious about becoming a published author. My blog is an attempt to further my skills in my chosen craft.

Twitter: @BlanchardAuthor

Web: 1storyaweek.blogspot.com