The Word Count Podcast Episode 25 is LIVE!



After a much longer wait than I’d anticipated, the next episode of The Word Count is now available for your listening pleasure!

Remember: The show is FREE and always will be…so download this episode and past episodes today!  Oh, and tell your friends!

I’ve noticed since the rerelease of The Prodigal’s Foole I’ve pick up a number of new readers.  So indulge me for a second while I explain our game.

The Word Count is a show by writers, for writers and readers.  Each show is based on a unique theme selected by readers of this blog, and writers scrambe to put together a short story based on the theme and record it for your listening pleasure.

They do this for the pure joy of the challenge and to entertain folks with thier words.

To find the latest show, or to find past shows, Find them here:


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


The theme for this week’s show is: ” A scene between you and your favorite fictional character.”


Our guests this week:



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 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.

Writing as Jack Rosse, he’s published a novel for children called The Loch Ewe Mystery.

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






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.

Connect with her via her Website, on Twitter, and on Facebook.








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.



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