Faye Hollidaye


I am currently a graduate student studying education with an undergrad degree in modern languages. I am a West Virginia native resident and lover and respecter of nature and animals. I enjoy many things and view life as a constant learning experience. I do my best to help others in whatever ways I can. My interests include linguistics, psychology, literature, art, entertainment, and a multiplicity of other things.

I can be found quite a few places online, but a bit of that information is now outdated and I've been unable to update it as of yet. I've taken an unplanned break (though I've still written short things here and there) from writing over the past few years, but I'm sure the world can expect more from me in the future. The best way to keep up with me, my work, and to get to know me a bit is to follow me on Twitter (@fayehollidaye).

Where to find Faye Hollidaye online


My Heart and Soul Laid Bare: A Short Works Collection
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 78,800. Language: American English. Published: November 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » General, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Theism
This collection includes poetry, fiction and nonfiction short stories, an essay, a few articles, and even an all-original minstrel song. Author Faye Hollidaye reveals dark crevices with a bright light and shares some fiction works that are sure to entertain.
Susie: A Short Novella
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 25,050. Language: American English. Published: October 8, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
A short novella that focuses on Susie Chapman, a missing high school junior from Green Bottom High. Follow various narrators to learn about a unique girl who has her whole high school mesmerized and talking about her. Decide for yourself whether she's innocent or guilty of taking things too far.
Wild Cow (Mr. Farmer's Adventures, Vol. 2)
Series: Mr. Farmer's Adventures, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 680. Language: American English. Published: June 15, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Animal husbandry, Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Farming
(4.00 from 1 review)
The second installment in a series of short nonfiction tales, as told by an unnamed storyteller who we will call Mr. John Farmer. This tale is an old story about catching a cow who mysteriously became wild.
The Rise
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,700. Language: American English. Published: April 7, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Science Fiction
(4.00 from 1 review)
When robots rise in popularity, they become more and more advanced until they rival humans. They compete for human jobs and fight for a human vote. This sci-fi short explores how far specialized robots can go when they are given a mind of their own.
John Wayne (Mr. Farmer's Adventures, Vol. 1)
Series: Mr. Farmer's Adventures, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 1,890. Language: American English. Published: February 23, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir, Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Farming
(4.00 from 1 review)
The first in a series of nonfiction tales, as told by an unnamed storyteller who we will call Mr. John Farmer. The beginning story is a remembered tale about a mad cow who once ran free on the highway near Mr. Farmer's home and land. Mr. Farmer tells this story and will tell others that have happened during his many years of farming in this series dedicated to his tales.
Pieces (A Merely Mortal Book)
Series: Merely Mortal, Book 1. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 61,030. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal » General, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Religious
Souls: Pure. Stained. Laura comes to believe that her mysterious attacks, which sometimes lead to unconsciousness, are her long dead twin sister, Taurus, taking over her body to do things that God tells her. Face and Maryanne meet in a strange way; it seems that Face may know who Maryanne is, though she can't remember anything but what comes back to her through nightmares.

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Smashwords book reviews by Faye Hollidaye

  • The Lucky One on July 22, 2012

    A five star story, but not perfect. A great story worth reading!
  • Avow (A Last Selkie Short Story Prequel) on July 24, 2012

    A five-star short story, but not entirely perfect. Very emotionally intriguing!
  • Iris on July 24, 2012

    A really great story. It kept me interested and wanting more up until the very end and afterward. I loved the philosophy at the beginning, though I wished in places for more description and detail, and I felt a need for closure afterwards that wasn't fulfilled.
  • Who's Catcher McCall? on July 24, 2012

    I think this is fiction, but it's messy for fiction. If it's nonfiction, which it reads like, the writing is still unclear. But this was a little interesting.
  • The Red Flyer on July 24, 2012

    Great story and good writing! Very intriguing and delightful!
  • Le Coeur de la Mer on Aug. 04, 2012

    Great original story. Not perfect, but mostly well-written - thank you for sharing. :)
  • Blood Test (Code:Black Part 1) on Feb. 01, 2013

    Interesting and something to get the blood pumping. Not perfect (tense confusion, a word missing here and there, etc), but a good read all the same. I'd definitely read other things by this author.
  • Little Boy Blue on Feb. 01, 2013

    A great story. Mostly well-written, but the tense-confusion is annoying to me. Not perfect (misspelled word and confusing word order at times, etc), but a good story.
  • Dead Man's Hand on Feb. 01, 2013

    A good story, but not perfect. Thanks for sharing!
  • Crazy Thoughts on Feb. 01, 2013

    Interesting read, but in need of a punctuation check among other editing. Things are a little fuzzy, too. I want to know more about this story and more about the characters, and am left a little confused. I felt unfulfilled at the end and wished for clarification. I don't read much flash fiction, I admit, but I just don't know enough about the characters to care about what happens to them. Still a good story though.
  • Artificial Intelligence on Feb. 01, 2013

    Well-written. I expected something funny, but ended up bored and uninterested. That's just me, though. It was well-written.
  • The Kid on Feb. 01, 2013

    I liked it well enough. Not perfectly written, but well-done for the most part. I kind of did feel a little punched by the last line because I saw it coming. I do recommend.
  • The Traveller on Feb. 01, 2013

    Pretty good short story. I didn't expect the ending, which came to me as a brilliant surprise. A five-star story really.
  • Gossamer Wings and Other Things on Feb. 01, 2013

    A cute little book. Some good poetry and artwork, though I had to sift through a little to find some that I really liked. I highly recommend for fans of poetry and art.
  • The Promise on Feb. 02, 2013

    There were a couple good poems in here, but as a reader of many things, I found this collection of poetry a little disappointing. And the description boasts "olde English," which as a graduated student of language, I found to be lacking. The author clearly doesn't know what Old English is, for there is a dab of Early Modern English, but definitely not a single bit of the Old (which without proper study, today's English speakers would not have a chance of understanding/reading).
  • The Howling Winds on Feb. 02, 2013

    I find Ms. O'Connell's poetry very exhausting. I kind of liked "Girl Past, Girl Present, Girl Future," but I'm not sure if I actually liked it of if it was just a short breath of fresh air from the (on average) three-word lines. I started to like her short stories (or prose work), but the endings left me unfulfilled and "hanging" from a ledge-like place. I appreciate this author's creativity, but cannot get much from it myself...
  • True Stories Of The 50's Part Three on Feb. 02, 2013

    I enjoyed reading these stories! There were interesting and well-written. Just a few notes to the author, though: Snakes, though they don't have visible ears, can hear. And Boots more than likely went on a hike to get him some, since tomcats like to do that at least once or twice in their lifetime. I will definitely read more from this author - I highly recommend!
  • The Great American Pee Fight And Other True Stories Of The 50's on Feb. 02, 2013

    I loved this. Well-written and interesting stuff.
  • True Stories Of The 50's Part Two on Feb. 02, 2013

    Great! It reminds me of my first car, in a way. I highly recommend - great writing and easy reading!
  • The Second Chance on Feb. 02, 2013

    A great short story! I highly recommend this short read for anyone who enjoys a good story. A five-star story, for sure.
  • UKIPia Now what on Feb. 02, 2013

    I don't know what to say about this... Some dirty language and a few punctuation mistakes, but... a big joke, or someone's dream? I'm not sure what to say...
  • Tempests on Feb. 02, 2013

    Though this story has its flaws (misuse of punctuation, etc), I was interested until the end. This is a good read, but I feel like the emotions of it could be played up more, to make it more exciting.
  • My Christmas Story on Feb. 05, 2013

    This is great! This sounds like it's coming from an innocent and excited mind and I appreciate a good clean read. Thanks for sharing. p.s. I would've liked more detail. For example: What kind of dog and what was her name?
  • How To Cope With A Disability on Feb. 05, 2013

    I find Gerty's writing refreshing in ways. I enjoy her sharing and words of advice. I recommend her books for anyone and everyone. I know the author is trying to reach out to all others with and without disabilities, but I think this book would be even better if it revealed more about the author's own experiences, thoughts, and feelings. What are some of the things others do that hurt disabled people that they may not realize is hurting? (I mean besides name-calling and such.)
  • Surviving Loss: The Woodcutter's Tale on Feb. 09, 2013

    A great read! Informative and well-written, this short is well worth the time. I highly recommend for anyone and everyone. A five-star must-read.
  • Sonnets of Life on Feb. 09, 2013

    Good stuff! I'm not much for poetry, but this stuff is good. I highly recommend for fans of poetry.
  • Sandelina on Feb. 09, 2013

    An innocent and responsible child looks for her doll. Read about the adventure if you enjoy seeing the world through the eyes of a child. A good children's story! The only thing it's missing is illustrations.
  • Lemon and Lace on Feb. 10, 2013

    Easy and great reading. I highly recommend.
  • Book Of Necromancy on Feb. 10, 2013

    Great short story.
  • Eternal September on Feb. 10, 2013

    Wow! I'm definitely reading more...
  • How to Get a Job on Feb. 12, 2013

    This is a great resource! A must-read and keep-handy for any and all who are looking for work and looking to improve upon their position in their field. Includes the do's and don't's for getting the job or promotion you're seeking! I highly recommend.
  • How to Promote Your Business (or yourself) on Feb. 12, 2013

    A great resource for anyone looking to do what the title suggests. I highly recommend.
  • The Well on Feb. 15, 2013

    This is a great story! I highly recommend for all readers, regardless of interests and dislikes. It's got everything: good writing, good story, good characters, suspense, adventure, love, inspiration, you name it. I'm glad I took the time I did to read it.
  • Dream Magic: Awakenings on March 12, 2013

    This book is definitely not without flaw (punctuation, tense confusion, etc), and a little tedious at times. It does resemble a dreamlike state, though it seems not much is happening a lot of the time. It kind of reads like a handbook, though it has excerpts from handbooks at the beginning of each chapter. Also, though this story reads like it's for kids, it's definitely not, as it has some pretty graphic scenes (beheading, torturing, etc) and profane language. On the plus side, this book was entertaining. It does transport the reader to another realm, the dream world. I liked it overall and would recommend to readers who are interested in dreams and who like fiction fantasy stories.
  • A Bit of Bite on March 21, 2013

    A great, well-written, intriguing, hot and steamy read. I highly recommend for any who likes paranormal romance.
  • Thirteen Goblins on April 18, 2013

    This collection is unique and entertaining, thus the 3 stars. But there are multiple problems I must mention: First, there is tense confusion, especially prevalent in the first story. Second, punctuation errors (missing punctuation, such as apostrophes and commas here and there; also, over usage of commas in other places). Third, misspellings: specific examples include the confusions of no/know, there/their, and to/too. On a slightly larger scale, I feel that the sentence variety is mostly sparse, which gets tedious and off-putting. Also, some stories are single scenes and too short; they end unfulfilled and leave the reader feeling like they're hanging on the edge of a ledge. On the other hand, other stories seem to drag on without a great enough fulfillment. And though it couldn't really be more obvious that there's been research, it's obvious too that the author has not been in the positions he writes about. So, though I did enjoy the stories to a degree, I was too off-put by the many things I was asked to overlook to recommend them very highly. If you you don't care about the above-mentioned things, I highly recommend this collection to you, as they are entertaining if you aren't a red-flagging nitpicker like me (I can't help it, blame it on my high school English teachers).