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.
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.
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