FINALLY! The Word Count Episode 46



Welcome to the much-delayed Episode 46 of “The Word Count” podcast!

I apologize to everyone—especially our four storytellers on the show this month.  I’ve been dealing with some…entertaining…health issue of late.  Hopefully I’ve turned that corner and get back to both writing and podcasting!

The show this month was supposed to be released back in February.  The theme is “My Bloody Valentine” So now it’s My bloody Valentine…in the Spring?

Yeah.  That’ll work.

But before we introduce our cadre of writers, a bit about the show:

What is The Word Count Podcast?

It is a free broadcast by writers for writers.  Simply put, a theme for each show is announced via this site, Twitter and Facebook and writers are given a week or two to write AND RECORD their stories based on said theme.


Why not, says I.  It’s a great way to practice writing and public speaking.  It’s another way for writers to get their work “out there.”  And I love to meet fellow authors and have a blast putting the show together.  It’s just that simple.

Okay.  Where can I find it?


You can listen to the latest podcast below, subscribe via iTunes or listen at the show’s site.




iTunes (and remember, iTunes takes their sweet time in posting.  If you don’t see it yet, keep trying!):


Our guests this week:

bill_KirtonBill Kirton “”

Before taking early retirement to become a full-time writer, Bill Kirton was a lecturer in French at the University of Aberdeen. He’s written stage and radio plays, short stories, novels, skits and songs for revues, and five non-fiction books aimed at helping students with their writing and study skills. His five modern crime novels, Material Evidence, Rough Justice, The Darkness, Shadow Selves and Unsafe Acts are set in north east Scotland and his historical crime/romance novel, The Figurehead, is set in Aberdeen in 1840. The Darkness won the silver award in the mystery category of the 2011 Forward National Literature Awards and his spoof mystery, The Sparrow Conundrum, was the winner in the humor category.

He’s published a novel for children called The Loch Ewe Mystery, and his latest publication is a satirical novella about online gaming and the real and virtual worlds.

He’s had radio plays broadcast by the BBC and the Australian BC.  His short stories have appeared in many anthologies, including three of the CWA’s annual collections, and one was chosen by Maxim Jakubowski for his 2010 anthology of Best British Crime Stories. It’s also been optioned by a film company in Los Angeles.

He’s been a Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at universities in Aberdeen, Dundee and St Andrews.

Twitter: @carver22



JDJ. D. Robinson “The One Way Heart to Hell”

J.D. is a current resident of Durham, North Carolina with her husband, son, and beta fish named Ghost. She’s a foodie, a recovering coffee addict, and a rabid fan of the dark and deadly. When she’s not out traveling the world, you can usually find her hunched over a keyboard late at night, typing away into the wee hours of the morning about demons, wars, and all the poor humans that get stuck in the middle. You can find out more about J.D. and her passions by following the link to her lair:

Twitter: @Sachula



LTYM_HeadshotCameron Garriepy “The Folly”

Cameron D. Garriepy is the author of Buck’s Landing, the first of the New England Seacoast romance series, and a champion of emerging writers and independent authors everywhere. She is a Managing Editor at Write on Edge, where she created Precipice: The Literary Anthology of Write on Edge as an annual spotlight for short fiction and memoir writers. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of Bannerwing Books, a small independent press and publishing services company. Cameron also writes for her own eponymous blog, fondly recalls writing her first romance novel in middle school on an antique typewriter, and shares her life with her patient husband and six-year-old son. Her second full-length novel, Damselfly Inn, will be released on April 13, 2015.


RionaRiona Mackey-Wood “My Bloody Valentine”

Riona is a high school student, avid swimmer and star of her water polo team.  Not only is she developing her talent for writing, she is exploring forensic science and other interests in school. This is her first short story