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Willy the Whale

Willy the Whale

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Willy the Whale

41 pages
27 minutes
Nov 13, 2021


In the spring of 1933, a young girl experiences life beyond her small Mississippi farm, and learns an important life lesson that she'll someday pass on to her own children.

EVOLVED PUBLISHING PRESENTS a quick short story that, at just about 5,000 words, is a perfect distraction from your busy day. You'll also find at the end a special sneak preview of this author's novel, A Debt of War. [DRM-Free]


  • "A Debt of War"
  • "Six Bits"
  • "Where Butterflies Go to Die" [Coming Summer 2022]

    "John's Donuts" [Coming Winter 2022/2023]
  • "A Calico Tale" (A Short Story)
  • "A Face on a Train" (A Short Story)
  • "The 9:15 to Grand Central" (A Short Story)
  • "Willy the Whale" (A Short Story)
Nov 13, 2021

About the author

When he was in the third grade at East Alton Elementary School, East Alton, IL, Michael Ringering selected Miriam E. Mason’s Broomtail for a class-assigned book report, and from that moment on, set his sights on wanting to write short stories and other works of fiction. He published his first novel, Six Bits, in December 2011, earning finalist designation in the 2012 USA Best Book Awards for Fiction. Since then, he has published four short stories: Willy the Whale (2017), A Face on a Train (2017), A Calico Tale (2018), and The 9:15 to Grand Central (2019). Michael’s second novel, A Debt of War, is in post-production. In December 2017, he started his third novel, a trilogy concept based on a childhood memory, and continues to work on several shorts. All these older works are being revised and will re-release with Evolved Publishing in the second half of 2021. Michael was born in Alton, IL, and raised in nearby East Alton, where he graduated from East Alton-Wood River High School in 1984. He is a 1989 graduate of Murray State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Following a 14-year career working in media relations and communications in Major League Baseball, he entered the healthcare industry where he serves as a surgical specialty administrator. Michael and his fiancée, Jackie, reside in Southern Illinois, with their own menagerie of animals including dogs, goats, horses, and chickens.

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Second Edition Copyright © 2021 Michael Ringering

(Original First Edition Copyright © 2017 Michael Ringering, Autumn Leaf Publishers, LLC)


ISBN (EPUB Version): 1622534948

ISBN-13 (EPUB Version): 978-1-62253-494-4


Primary/Chief Editor: Robb Grindstaff

Contributing Editor: Annie Weeth

Cover Artist: Alena, L1-Graphics

Interior Designer: Lane Diamond



At the end of this short story of approximately 4,904 words, you will find a Special Sneak Previews of Michael Ringering’s new novel A DEBT OF WAR, a story of fear and honor, life and death, war and humanity, in a journey binding World War II history to a modern-day family. We think you’ll enjoy this book, too, and provide this preview as a FREE extra service, which you should in no way consider a part of the price you paid for this short story. We hope you will both appreciate and enjoy the opportunity. Thank you.


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This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents are products of the author’s imagination, or the author has used them fictitiously.

Books by Michael Ringering


A Debt of War

Six Bits

Where Butterflies Go to Die [Coming

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