The God-Dog Connection was Marti’s first published book, and continues to be the most popular of her works. It is a collection of 25 short stories or vignettes that are faith-based and animal-oriented.
Welcome to Marti Healy Books
Thank you for your interest in author Marti Healy and her work.
Marti’s currently released books include: “The God-Dog Connection,” “The Rhythm of Selby, ” “The Secret Child,” and “Yes, Barbara, There Is An Aiken.”
Each book is described in detail on the web page entitled “Books.” You will also find reviews of these books following each book description. Marti also has several other books in various stages of development.
Readers are typically drawn to Marti Healy’s work because of her lyrical, yet straight-forward style of writing. Her books are somehow timeless in content and ageless relative to the intended reader. The stories are kind, gentle, and completely absorbing. And each is totally unique. They are particularly favorite gift books.
Marti also brings her particular style to her work as a contributing newspaper columnist. Although some of these popular columns have been gathered together into a bound book (“Yes, Barbara, There Is An Aiken”) you will find the most recent of these columns on the “Columns” page of this website.
Marti’s first novel, The Rhythm of Selby, based on her experiences when she first moved to the small southern town of Aiken, won a Bronze Medal for Popular Fiction from the Independent Publishers Awards for Excellence, and two Indie Awards for writing and design.
Marti’s second novel, titled The Secret Child, appeals to a wide range of readers, including Young Adult and Adult. It was inspired by a local grave marked only with the mysterious words: The Little Boy, 1855. The book picks up where the real story seems to end. It was selected as an Okra Pick by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA), and was a finalist for the DaVinci Eye Award of the Eric Hoffer Book Awards.
Marti’s fourth book, Yes, Barbara, There Is An Aiken, is a collection of 50 of her columns written for The Aiken Standard, and captures the essence of the American South through this small, charming town; it is proving to be of reader interest far beyond its geographical borders.
They began as improv-storytelling on the family front porch more than half a century ago. Marti would tell story after story of silliness about a heliotrope fly with suction-cup feet to her younger sister. Together they shared a great deal of laughter, bonding, and love. But until now, these stories were never written down.