Frances R. Armstrong


Frances R. Armstrong is a wife, a mother of three children, and grandparent of four. She is a published author of paranormal romance. Living in Ontario, Canada, her entire life, she chose to share her experiences with mental illness rather than hide in her home and suffer in silence. It's important to her that the stigma of mental illness is removed so that people will learn about it and not fear it.
With one in five people diagnosed with the many forms of mental illness, Frances decided to talk to people about how it's affected not only her life, but the lives of so many others. She sought help as soon as she was diagnosed after a severe breakdown in 2002, and strives each day to battle the Bipolar II Disorder with her head held high.
Striving For Normalcy is based on her personal experiences, and references from the internet, as well as a qualified psychiatrist. It is her hope that people will learn and understand the inner workings of the disease, helping families and friends learn how to live with, not only the person who is ill, but change the way that society deals with those who suffer every day from an illness that rules their bodies and minds.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I read was The Hobbit. I was so immersed in the story, I couldn't put it down. It opened my mind to the world of fantasy and stirred my imagination. I learned that persistence pays off, and I should never give up on my dreams.
How do you approach cover design?
As a graphic artist, I feel that colors should be attractive to the eye and the cover shouldn't be too busy or too dull. There is an even medium that captures the eye. Readers should be attracted to the cover first, then the blurb on the back.
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Where to find Frances R. Armstrong online


Striving For Normalcy - The Mental Illness Rollercoaster
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 37,960. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Mental health
Striving For Normalcy - The Mental Illness Rollercoaster will help you learn to live with mental illness and survive.

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