Be­tween the pages

Lo­cal ma­gi­cian-turned-au­thor pens novel with hopes to help others

Advertiser (Grand Falls) - - Front Page - BY KRYSTA CAR­ROLL

Jor­dan Maloney is a ma­gi­cian turned au­thor.

Peo­ple may re­mem­ber him from his magic shows in cen­tral New­found­land and across the prov­ince, but his new book isn’t about his time as a ma­gi­cian.

“I thought I had a story to tell and I thought I could maybe help peo­ple,” Maloney said.

The 23-year-old was 19 when he did his last pub­lic magic show, and since turn­ing 20, he has been deal­ing with anx­i­ety.

He started writ­ing his first book, “Storm­bringer,” in Fe­bru­ary 2016 and fin­ished pri­mary writ­ing in mid-sum­mer 2017. He then took more than a month to prop­erly edit it be­fore it was pub­lished this past fall.

“It’s a blend of both fic­tion and non-fic­tion, and a lit­tle bit of fan­tasy in­volved,” Maloney said.

The main char­ac­ter is an 18-year-old high school stu­dent named Adam Wake, who is deal­ing with anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion.

Maloney ex­plained the story is told from five or six dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives and as it un­folds, it turns out that maybe there is some­thing more to Adam as his sto­ries come to­gether.

“The main char­ac­ter is based on me,” Maloney said. “He’s a lot more coura­geous than prob­a­bly I would be in his sit­u­a­tions, but the way he feels about things, his de­pres­sion, his anx­i­ety, is all based on what I feel.

“That is why I wrote the book. There are very strong themes to­ward peo­ple with men­tal health is­sues like anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion in the book. And I feel like maybe (read­ers) can take lit­tle things from there and help them in their own lives with their own prob­lems.”

The book was dif­fi­cult to write be­cause he had to eval­u­ate him­self to write the char­ac­ter of Adam, he said.

“I had to go pretty deep in­side my own mind and re­ally fig­ure out how I would re­act to cer­tain things,” Maloney said. “Writ­ing full pages of things to do with my own anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion re­ally put things into per­spec­tive for me.”

In the be­gin­ning, Maloney was go­ing to write the book un­der a pseu­do­nym or a pen name.

“It’s weird to say now but I was re­ally em­bar­rassed and ashamed about the way I felt,” Maloney said. “I felt I was weak. For some peo­ple with anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion, some­times the truth doesn’t mat­ter. It’s all about how you feel, and the truth is re­ally hard to see.”

He didn’t go that route be­cause he felt it would be self­ish.

“I felt even if one per­son could just put a face to this and it would help even a minis­cule amount in their own per­sonal life – that was worth it to me,” he said.

As hard as it was to write Adam’s char­ac­ter piece, cer­tain parts – es­pe­cially the fan­tasy parts that take place out­side of New­found­land in a place called Blis­ter­ing Isle – helped him.

Though he ad­mits he still has very bad days, Maloney says he’s do­ing sig­nif­i­cantly better.

“Ev­ery day I feel like I try to just keep go­ing, put my best foot for­ward and try to move past it, but it’s still a day-by-day thing that you have to man­age. For­tu­nately for me I’m man­ag­ing the best I have in five years,” Maloney said.

“If any­one is read­ing (my book) who is de­pressed or has anx­i­ety just day by day, that’s all you can do. One more day.”

Maloney isn’t stop­ping at one book. He is cur­rently work­ing on two more, in­clud­ing a direct se­quel of “Storm­bringer” and a pre­quel fo­cus­ing only on the fan­tasy parts.

“Storm­bringer” is avail­able as an e-Book on Ama­zon, and pa­per­back books are avail­able by con­tact­ing Maloney on Face­book or through email at maloney@live.ca.

“I had to go pretty deep in­side my own mind and re­ally fig­ure out how I would re­act to cer­tain things … Writ­ing full pages of things to do with my own anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion re­ally put things into per­spec­tive for me.”

KRYSTA CAR­ROLL/SPE­CIAL TO THE ADVERTISER

Jor­dan Maloney, once known through­out the is­land for his magic shows, is now an au­thor. He is hope­ful “Storm­bringer” will help other peo­ple cop­ing with anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion.

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