Michael Fay – update on a new short story

Michael Fay has been previously featured on Reading Recommendations in Nov. 2013, and was actually the third author to be promoted on this site.

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Passion
by J. Michael Fay
ePublished by IslandShorts

1963 is a pivotal year for Dan James. Believing his destiny was set at the age of eleven when he stood next to his father’s coffin, he enters the seminary at seventeen to become a priest. A well-read fellow seminarian and the world-shaking event later that year cause Dan to question his true passion in life.

Passion is the third in Michael Fay’s series of long-form short stories featuring Dan James, following The Whirlabout and The Healer. Along with Tenderness, all have been published by IslandShorts.

“This is a thoroughly engaging story about a young man’s coming of age and discovering while enrolled in a seminary that his calling is not for the priesthood but for literature and writing. One can smell the incense in the chapel and hear footsteps echoing in the stone hallways while young Dan James wrestles with his decision before walking out into a world with much to relish, treasure and describe.”
~ Dennis Gruending, journalist and author of Pulpit and Politics

For more information about all of Michael’s publications:
IslandShorts

and where to purchase

Michael has recently written three guest posts on my other blog, reminiscing his early days as a writer and conferences he attended during the 1970s.
Guest post: J. Michael Fay on Bread Loaf, 1978
Guest Post: J. Michael Fay on Banff, 1976
Guest Post: J. Michael Fay on Remembering Alexandra Centre

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Michael Fay

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? The Healer. A long form story, published by IslandShorts

Quick description: 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.

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Brief biography: J. Michael Fay studied creative writing with W. O. Mitchell, Alice Munro, and Richard Ford. He worked as a freelance writer in the early eighties and was twice elected President of the Periodical Writers Association of Canada. He was founder of the Alexandra Writer’s Centre in Calgary and founding co-chair of CanCopy, the precursor of Access Copyright. He has written five plays, including the award-winning Never Such Innocence Again. He is married to Dr. Fay Martin and lives in Minden, Ontario. He is concentrating on long form stories at the moment.

Links to buy Michael’s book:
eBook available from:
Amazon Worldwide
KOBO
iTunes
Overdrive (for libraries)

Michael’s promo links:
Website
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IslandShorts for a list of all Michael’s eBooks

What are you working on now? I’m working on a long form story set in 1963, as the main character enters and leaves a Roman Catholic seminary.

Michael’s reading recommendation: Bruce Hunter’s majestic In The Bear’s House, probes deeply into the lives of a working class family in Calgary