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!):

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

Our guests this week:


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


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, and
Twitter: @diane_nelson

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: (where you can follow her life and works in progress with snippets uploaded every week.)


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


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.