Madness by J.L. Vallance
About a year and a half ago, these two crazy kids started traipsing through my mind. They tormented me day in and day out. I didn’t have a single free moment for them. But, I took time for them when I could. I would jot down a few things here and there. The more I wrote about them, the more I loved them and wanted to see them.
Before long, I decided I needed Frankie and Rory. I needed their story.
Madness is special to me for a multitude of reasons. The first, perhaps most important, is that it’s a story about characters that could be real people. They are dealing with real problems–problems that people in the world face every day. Frankie and Rory both face afflictions that carry negative stigmas and are difficult to face and talk about.
Frankie Winters lives with bipolar and major depressive disorder. This affects her life in a wide array of ways. In spite of what she faces with her illness, Frankie is a successful business owner. She fights every day to have hope for a better future. She fears love and intimacy; she fears the negative impact it could have on her stability.
Rory O’Neill lost his twin brother tragically. He never received proper help, and copes with his grief in a self destructive manner. Rory faces addiction–to many different things. He finds himself on a downward spiral and can’t seem to find a way to stop it.
So why did I write Madness?
Madness is a story that is relatable. It’s a story that approaches illness and addiction as well as love and rehabilitation. It’s a story that offers a glimpse into the life of two troubled people, looking to be a little less troubled.
J. L. Vallance is a wife, mom, and nurse by day, while posing as a writer by night. Plagued with an overactive imagination, a lover of all things supernatural in nature, she has an extraordinary flair for the dramatic that adds flavor to life. There’s little in her world that Otis Redding and buttercream icing can’t fix. And of course, coffee always helps too. True story.
One single anchor bracelet
One anchor and infinity bracelet
One anchor necklace with stamped pendant that says “You are my anchor”.
One necklace with a gun charm and a stamped pendant that says “I keep a close watch on this of mine”.
And two ecopies of Madness