Jan Donley, Author of The Side Door


"Four Shorts"

Four pieces of my flash fiction—ones that originally appeared on my blog—have been published in the most recent edition of Silk Road Literary Journal:
“Lamp,” “Lightning,” “Shadow,” and “Reflection.”
Silk Road

“Mrs. Tucci's Tree”

My short story, “Mrs. Tucci’s Tree” appears in issue 8 of 34th Parallel, a wonderful small press. If you click on the link below, you can view past issues on line, and you can purchase a download of the current issue (the one that features my story) for only $2.00. Check it out. 34th Parallel

The Side Door

Jan Donley’s novel The Side Door
Spinsters Ink Publishers
Spinsters Ink

Fifteen-year-old Melrose Bird, a.k.a. Mel, steps into high school and out of the closet, bringing her best friend Frank along for the ride. She wonders about Alex Weber—the guy who hanged himself behind Drift High School five years ago. She wonders why his mother haunts the park bench across from the school. In delving into the mystery of Alex Weber, Mel happens upon a pair of his pants—waiting to be donated. She tries them on. They fit. Mel and the pants become inseparable, and the contents of the pockets change everything. In learning the truth about Alex’s death, Mel uncovers a town secret that unlocks the school’s closet doors for good.


Watercolor of chair and window, by Jan Donley

I met Sara St. Antoine, the editor of Stories from Where We Live at a children’s book writing conference. I told her I had grown up playing on the prairie, and she encouraged me to write about it. “Salamander” grew out of that conversation. While it is not a true story—I never met a mysterious woman on the prairie—I did spend lots of time on the prairie, and I often came home with a salamander, a jar of tadpoles, or a toad.

Read an excerpt from “Salamander”.

You can find my story “Salamader” in Milkweed Editions’ Stories from Where We Live: The Great North American Prairie

“A Fable About Seashells that Used to Be Hands”

I wrote “Fable” while I was teaching a fiction writing class at Goddard College. The story is disturbing—about a rape where the woman’s hands are cut off. The story grew out of my anger at the terrorism that constantly confronts women but is seldom taken as seriously as other forms of terrorism.

“A Fable About Seashells that Used to Be Hands” was printed in Room Magazine 21:4

Read an excerpt from “A Fable About Seashells that Used to Be Hands”

All writings © Jan Donley 1985-2019
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