IslandShorts will soon be publishing a new short story by Michael Fay. Here’s the cover, with art by Karen Sloan …
In 1957, Danny is struck down with rheumatic fever and discovers a strange and frightening world on the children’s ward of the hospital. During months of recuperation his powers of observation are heightened and ultimately the time spent alone teaches him not only about survival, but about becoming the “big boy” the nurses constantly urge him to be, as he learns to accept the inevitable tragedies of life that surround us all.
The Healer is the third short story written by J. Michael Fay (also available: Tenderness and The Whirlabout), and the fourth in a series, published by IslandShorts.
“In Michael Fay’s rich new story, Danny’s rheumatic fever sends him to hospital where he encounters Sammy, a leukemic boy who tells him of a Healer who will come when called, and who will heal all who ask. Danny later feels great need of the Healer when his own life takes a dizzying, tragic turn. In openhearted, unsentimental prose, Michael Fay’s coming-of-age tale reminds us that our own inner resilience trumps all invisible wishes for a Healer who may or may not come.”
~ Kimmy Beach, author of The Last Temptation of Bond (The University of Alberta Press, 2013)
The Healer is available to preview as a Flipbook sampler here.
For more information on all the titles published by IslandShorts and where to order these eBooks, check out our page on this blog.
I am so very, very pleased to announce the new imprint, IslandShorts, that will be publishing short fiction and non-fiction as well as poetry!
Seth Godin has written so eloquently – and concisely! – as he always does of what exactly I went through to get this idea off the ground: Proving the skeptics wrong (something I seem to have been doing for most of my life …) and The sweet smell of success (which is how I am feeling right now!)
But I didn’t do this alone, and I want to thank Michael Fay for believing in my idea of ePublishing “singles” in the first place, for all his suggestions and ideas along the way, and especially for being extremely patient as we worked at producing what I believe is a quality publication that many, many people will enjoy reading. After all, there’s no point in just throwing any old thing out there into the world; I wanted something that both I and the authors I plan to publish can be proud of – something to which we all wish to have our names attached.
I have also surrounded myself with experts during the production of these eBooks:
Gina McCreary at Human Powered Design of Calgary provided the formatting, cover and interior design, online sales listings, and general ePublishing expertise;
Rachel Small at Faultless Finish Editing, also located in Calgary, who provided editing and proofreading services;
Artist, Karen Sloan, of Haliburton, ON, a friend of Michael Fay’s who came on board to provide the beautiful cover art for each of Michael’s publications, and wrote about the experience on her blog, Wall Flower Studio Art – Judging a book by its cover …
And Micheal Fay of Minden, ON, has reminisced about his experience of writing this series of short stories and the background to the first publication, Tenderness, in this FlipBook, On Writing Tenderness.
(I managed this entire project primarily from my home on Bequia in the Caribbean. You’ll notice that all people involved in this publishing endeavour live in diverse locations, and none of us ever found the need to meet as a group, proving that publishing can all be accomplished via the Internet!)
Watch for future publications from IslandShorts!
The Whirlabout will be available for purchase soon …
That will be followed by The Healer, written by J. Michael Fay and That Last Summer, written by Susan M. Toy.