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Written by Amy Michelle Wiley

I am the project director and contributing author for Delivered and Struggle Creek, Peculiar People's collaborative fiction books. I've also been published over sixty times in numerous anthologies and internet magazines, including the FaithWriters Challenge Anthologies, HopeKeepers magazine, and Lucy Cain's award-winning book Secure the Fort. Check the "Amy's Books" page for links to the anthologies I've been published in.

Here are some of my favorite stories, put together by genre. Enjoy reading them, or contact me for permission to reprint or to purchase any of these articles. Click on a genre from the list to snap directly to that section.

bulletHistorical and Current Event Fiction
bulletBiblical Fiction
bulletStories dealing with chronic illness
bulletDeaf Culture and ASL Fiction
bulletFamilies and Relationships Fiction
bulletTeen Fiction
bulletSci Fi and Futuristic
bulletThrillers and Action
bulletDevotionals
bullet Humor
bulletPoetry

Newest Writings

From Flopping Fish to Dolphin Swish -- Forbidden to use sign language at the new school, yet unable to learn to lip read or speak, this deaf child feels like a failure. Then one day a new book arrives at the school and changes everything.

Annie's Hands -- When she wakes to only darkness and silence following an accident, this woman is desperate for a way to communicate with the world around her, and even more so, to reconnect with God. Will this Annie's hands be the answer?

Lavender Grace -- A young lady is convinced she'll find freedom on the streets after she runs away from home. Instead, she comes face to face with the question, "Is there grace for me? More to the point, do I want grace?"

Butterfly Girl -- She was found crying in the garden. Golden curls hung in a tangled mass about her face as she knelt among the peas. She pointed a slender finger downward, to something caught in the grassy weeds. It was a butterfly, pure white wings against the green of the grass, the brown of the soil below.

 

Historical and Current Event Fiction

Out of the Ashes is the heart-rending story of a boy caught in the middle of the Darfur conflict. Turabi finds strength among the smoke in the middle of his bombed-out village.

From Flopping Fish to Dolphin Swish -- Forbidden to use sign language at the new school, yet unable to learn to lip read or speak, this deaf child feels like a failure. Then one day a new book arrives at the school and changed everything.

Mirror of My Heart -- Hardened newspaper reporter Solomon Santiago was sent to Vietnam to report and photograph Operation Babylift. He never expected to find his heart among the pleading brown eyes of the orphan babies.

A Child's Shoe floats in on a drifting Sri Lankan wave, landing at Shantha's feet in a symbol of the terrible loss experienced by all who lived through the 2004 Asian tsunami.

The Last Line scrawled on the bottom of the postcard bears a powerful question. Will this soldier in Iraq answer it before it's too late?

The Unwanted -- As a child, Annalisa saw first-hand the disturbing practice of unwanted Nigerian babies abandoned in the wilderness to die alone. She determined then that no matter the dangers, she would do all in her power to fight against this.

Lo Ikwithltchunona, The Cloud-Swallower -- This story gives a glimpse into the mind and culture of a New Mexican Native American man as he comes face to face with a missionary--and the One True God.

I Am Mysha -- A Middle Eastern wife struggles to find the courage to believe for herself and dare to follow God.

Ransacked -- Young Ilse hides in terror as the police burst into her German home--for a reason you'd never imagine.

 

Biblical Fiction

Knock of Death -- Madu is caught in the terrible struggle between the Egyptians and the Hebrews, between pride and faith, between life and death.

Spring Will Come Too Late -- The land lay desolate. Just a handful of grain remained for both Tanith and her son. One last meal. Then death. Only a miracle could save the widow and her son now. Only a miracle could let them see spring.

Song of the Donkey -- A lonely servant girl finds an unlikely friend in her master's stables. But when her donkey friend is stolen in broad daylight, the child learns that God cares for even the most lowly.

My Son -- An ordinary birth, an extraordinary babe.

One Small Stone -- God can use even the smallest, most insignificant things to fulfill destiny.

Not of Fear -- This Jewish guard failed once before, in the Garden of Arimathaea. Tonight is his chance to redeem himself, for two of the followers of the blasphemer have been caught and are lying in the very prison he guards.

 

Everyday Life with Chronic Illness

The Journey was written shortly after I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. This powerful story is an allegory of what God is teaching me about why He's allowed the path I now travel.

Good from the Dark is a devotional relating my experience with severe OCD and depression, and how God used even that horrible time for good.

Choose to Dance is a devotional looking at people in difficult situations, specifically Corrie and Betsie ten Boom in WWII concentration camps. It shows my journey in learning how to gain strength from what God taught me through their lives.

When a Lifetime Comes -- Though fiction, this is a story that comes from my own heart and life. It is the story of choosing to live life to the fullest, despite physical limitations.

Annie's Hands -- When she wakes to only darkness and silence following an accident, this woman is desperate for a way to communicate with the world around her, and even more so, to reconnect with God. Will this Annie's hands be the answer?

Enough -- When a young lady faces Lou Gerig's Disease, she reaches out to God and family.

The Planet Next to the Moon is the touching story of a mother putting aside her fight with cancer to create a beautiful weekend with her children.

Celebration of Life -- This is the true story of my mom's kidney transplant.

Oh Ye of Gideon Faith: It gives me chills to imagine the Lord of all creation speaking out with His rumbling voice. And looking straight at me. ME! He will be with me, weakest of the weak, giving me the strength of The Strongest.

When the Going Gets Tough: You’ve heard the saying, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” But what happens if the going isn’t just tough, but impossible?

 

Deaf Culture and ASL Fiction

From Flopping Fish to Dolphin Swish -- Forbidden to use sign language at the new school, yet unable to learn to lip read or speak, this deaf child feels like a failure. Then one day a new book arrives at the school and changed everything.

The Case of the Flashing Lights -- These two young siblings are convinced something fishy is going on next-door.

Annie's Hands -- When she wakes to only darkness and silence following an accident, this woman is desperate for a way to communicate with the world around her, and even more so, to reconnect with God. Will this Annie's hands be the answer?

Trying -- A young Deaf child tries so hard to focus on school work.

 

Fiction about families and relationships

When a Lifetime Comes, though fiction, is a story that comes from my own heart and life. It is the story of choosing to live life to the fullest, despite physical limitations.

A Bridge Between the People -- In the midst of a troubled time, young Sahteia-mala-Quandon is given the opportunity to save his people--both of them. Displaced as a toddler, he's lived among the Milete tribe most of his life. Now he must return to his blood people in an effort to save both groups from destruction by an enemy tribe.

Lavender Grace -- A young lady is convinced she'll find freedom on the streets after she runs away from home. Instead, she comes face to face with the question, "Is there grace for me? More to the point, do I want grace?"

Butterfly Girl -- She was found crying in the garden. Golden curls hung in a tangled mass about her face as she knelt among the peas. She pointed a slender finger downward, to something caught in the grassy weeds. It was a butterfly, pure white wings against the green of the grass, the brown of the soil below.

My Brother's Keeper -- When a young man learns a dark secret about his older brother, he must decide what to do.

My Little Man -- Little Danny's head barely reaches the top of the hospital bedrail, but through his mother's swollen gaze, he stands as tall as a man.

The Planet Next to the Moon is the touching story of a mother putting aside her fight with cancer to create a beautiful weekend with her children.

Lime-Green Castles -- A tragic but beautiful story of a young man's remembrances of his childhood and his kidnapped brother.

Voices of the Game -- One baseball game connects a whole country of emotions and realities. Do we ever notice the world around us?

Flood -- As this young lady struggles to find approval from her father, she finds that three simple words are an abundance.

Return -- When Mejikia's husband returns from five years away at war, she wonders if their brief union so long ago can find new love.

Celebration of Life -- This is the true story of my mom's kidney transplant.

Pink Sweater of Love is a bittersweet letter written by a young mother to her daughter.

 

Teen and Children's Fiction

The Hills of Enelee is the public's first glimpse of a world that has been my own since I was young. Two of my best friends, Megan and Jeff, helped a little in the beginning creation of the language of Eneleish, but the island itself is all my own. It's a place of belonging. A place of beauty, filled with the simple pleasures of nature--horses, farming, fishing, and innocent play.

The Case of the Flashing Lights -- These two young siblings are convinced something fishy is going on next-door.

Lavender Grace -- A young lady is convinced she'll find freedom on the streets after she runs away from home. Instead, she comes face to face with the question, "Is there grace for me? More to the point, do I want grace?"

Can Bad be Good? When Andrea VonStratton is sentenced to community service for a shoplifting charge, she finds goodness in an unexpected place.

Blood is the story of a teen girl's gang initiation, and her desperate desire to belong.

Trying -- A young Deaf child tries so hard to focus on school work.

A Day of Our Life -- Celeste's trip to the fancy city is filled with food, shopping, and laughing children. But in the shadows of her heart lies one dark secret that is determined not to be forgotten.

 

Science Fiction and Futuristic Fiction

Not Like Every Other Day -- Atol pulled open his cupboard and reached past his everyday blue uniform. He reached past it, past his childhood, and touched the red uniform. The uniform of the preparatory years. As he dressed, hesitation rose in his chest. Had he chosen his future profession well? That morning, one by one the children stepped to the microphone and announced their name and a profession. Those words, those few syllables, would determine the direction of their studies for the next five years.

A Chance for Life -- In a time when certain abnormalities mean a forced abortion, this doctor risks all to save lives.

Way Out in the Moondocks -- A humorous story about an old hillbilly who lives alone on the moon.

The Colors of Black and White -- This writer gets sucked into helping foil the evil plot of kidnapping time travelers. Or does she?

The Unseen Watcher's gaze lingered long on a dark-haired lad with a silvery blue shirt. It was not the Briloranta shirt that held his attention, however, but the boy’s face. If one had been watching, they might have seen the watcher’s sharp eyes flash even more and, if they had been astute, a shiver may have passed down their spine.

 

Thrillers and Action

Obscure Faces -- "The CIA tells me where to go, who to be. I do it. I do it because if I don’t, they tell me I will do nothing. Ever again. The Obscure Faces will end me."

The Shadow of Chelle's Cove hangs over Keisha Ichkan with deadly terror. Will the superstition destroy her?

The Unknown Beast -- Dakri left familiar land, the land in which he had grown up. Always the stories of The Beasts had intrigued him, but the danger that filled the stories had kept him from investigating. Until now.

Devotionals

Good from the Dark is a devotional relating my experience with severe OCD and depression, and how God used even that horrible time for good.

Choose to Dance is a devotional looking at people in difficult situations, specifically Corrie and Betsie ten Boom in WWII concentration camps. It shows my journey in learning how to gain strength from what God taught me through their lives.

Broken Beauty: The world has crushed us and battered us. Perhaps we have a few sharp edges, or ragged tears. Then He comes. Our Heavenly Father scoops us up, just like I picked up that broken shell.

Ticket to Peace: are those who face serious trials and still find peace and joy some kind of a Super Christian? Do they have a super power that the rest of humanity doesn’t have?

Oh Ye of Gideon Faith: It gives me chills to imagine the Lord of all creation speaking out with His rumbling voice. And looking straight at me. ME! He will be with me, weakest of the weak, giving me the strength of The Strongest.

When the Going Gets Tough: You’ve heard the saying, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” But what happens if the going isn’t just tough, but impossible?

 

Humor

The Night Mom Fell -- A true story about my family's adventures when our smoke alarm blared in the middle of the night. This story is written with a nod to James Thurber's "The Night the Bed Fell."

The Arachnid Agreement -- I am not scared of spiders. You see, we have an agreement. They leave me alone, and I leave them alone. In bedrooms, however, all bets are off. The war is on.

A Thursday in the Life of a FaithWriter (and her muse) -- If you've ever been addicted to the FaithWriters weekly writing challenge, then you'll wonder how I climbed into your head. If you've never quite understood someone else's addiction, then this will give you an inside glimpse of what it's all about.

Hyacinth Spies are something like the Red Hat society and something like Rosie the Riveter. But whatever they are, this group of ladies is full of wacky capers.

Voices in My Ear is more of the Hyacinth Society's ditzy adventures.

Breaking the Challenge Addiction: week one -- Ms. Ryter's challenge addiction gets rather out of hand and her family sends her to Dr. Sike.

The Perfect Opportunity for Sheila McGuire -- "When I heard about the beauty school in Atlanta, I said to myself, ‘Sheila McGuire, that is the perfect opportunity for you, girl!’ See, I’m not made for anything much. I mean, I’m not anyone special or anything, but doing ladies’ hair is filling a need, you know? And that’s as noble as anything, I figure."
 

 

Poetry

When Evening Comes of Age -- A portrait of an evening sunset, painted with words.

a house is just a house -- A silly poem embracing creativity.

I Await -- A tender poem of waiting for future love.

A Summer Night -- A simple nature poem written when I was twelve.

 

More

More of my short stories and articles can be found on my FaithWriters profile.